Sorry for the delay getting some news on our trip home up – but well, we have had our hands full! 😉
We left the SWS at 3pm, with some sadness, but mostly excitement to be going back home. Our social worker arranged a van to take us to where we had to pick up the airport bus, and when we got there, the bus was waiting, so we quickly hopped on. About 45 minutes into our trip to the airport the coat catastrophe happened. Matt realized he left the shell to his jacked in our room at the SWS. While that wasn’t the best thing to have happened, we thought oh well, can always get a new coat… but then he realized all of the extra cash we had brought was in the front pocket!! So what to do… take the shuttle back to the hotel, grab the coat, and shuttle it back to the airport (would take almost 3 hours), or see what Information could do at the airport. The lady at Information was great! She arranged for a motorcycle courier to bring it to us. Luckily we had arrived at the airport with plenty of time! So after about an hour, we heard Matt’s name being paged, and 70000 won later, we had the jacked! During the wait we checked our luggage and got our boarding passes. Unfortunately due to the large number of babies on the flight we were unable to get bulkhead seats which really sucked – but what can you do! There had to be about 20+ children 1 and younger on our flight.
The Incheon airport is quite something – it is essentially like a giant mall! I went to the toy store when on a quest for water and found a toy Korean Air airplane which I could not resist – so it now sits on Alex’s bookshelf. The flight was on time, and was very full. Alex would not take his bottle on take off – instead he cried and screamed – and once the seatbelt sign went off – he started to laugh. I ordered a large white wine.
Overall, Alex was very good on the flight. The Ergo was a life saver! When he did fuss, I simply walked the plane, and the little passage at the back. I’m glad we were not the only ones with a somewhat restless baby! He slept quite a few hours, I unfortunately did not – and am paying for it now (very bad jet lag – I think I have slept maybe 10 hours since Thursday … Korean time – so Wednesday Ontario time). Again, Alex did not want his bottle during the landing – but his ears did not seem to bug him thank goodness.
When we deboarded, we had to go wait in line at Customs, and then in line at Immigration. Luckily we were spotted by some staff members in the very long immigration line, and we were moved to the front of the line – and in no time Alex was welcomed to Canada! I got a little teary at that point. After our luggage was found we went to the Arrivals area where our friends and family were anxiously waiting for us! It was so good to see everyone! My Mom, brother, friend Kelly, friend Melinda and her husband and children, my Aunt Diane and Uncle Steven, and Matt’s Dad and Matt’s godson Tyson all made the long trip to greet us. Here are a couple pictures of our happy moment. I will be adding a slideshow when I have more time…
The way home wasn’t so happy – for Alex that is! I don’t think he has ever been in a car seat before – and he let us know that he did not like it! About 30 minutes of screaming started our 1.5 hour trip home.
When we got home, our house was all decorated – another great surprise. Jason and Kelly had done the outside and Nathan and Heather decorated the inside. Thank you everyone!
Since then we have had very little sleep. From jet lag, to Alex thinking night is day – but it is so worth it. Once I get a few hours of sleep I will post some more on our first few days home and what being a parent has been like! For everyone who has e-mailed or called, I will get back to you in the next few days.