We're home! It was a pretty grueling flight; Sam was up for almost all of it and was not happy to be confined to his seat or our arms. He slept the first hour or so and a little bit of the last two, but otherwise Mommy was very carefully following the flight path video to see how far we had to go.
My parents and my sister and her family all met us at the airport, plus Ed's parents were on the phone when we walked through the doors. In true Schlumpf fashion, they had signs, balloons, and American and Vietnamese flags. I don't have any pictures, but I did videotape it. I'll post more of that later. Of course, our house had also been decorated by Amy, who also came a few days ago and cleaned the whole place. Isn't she the best sister and Auntie?
Sam fell asleep in the car seat (Sure, now he sleeps!) so he was a bit of a bore for his family who had been so excited to see him. At least everyone got to hold him in the airport.
Kevin, Clare, and Jack will be great babysitters to their new cousin!
We are settling in. As soon as everyone left, Sam woke up and he slept for a couple three-hour chunks, but did his "night sleep" from around noon to 6 p.m. with Mommy. Ed and I are rotating shifts, and he's still trying to get over his cold. I'm more concerned about us just getting enough sleep to be up when he's up. We'll worry about adjusting to Central Time later.
He seems to be doing OK. Very busy exploring everything. I moved some furniture and have a nice open area for him on the floor. He hated the bouncy seat; wants to be able to scoot around. I wouldn't call it crawling, but he can move toward a toy.
Thanks again to everyone who has been following our journey. I can't believe we're actually home with our son. The real journey begins now! Thanks again for all your thoughts, prayers and good wishes. I do believe you all carried us during our long wait, and we felt the power of everyone's prayers during our trip, which went so smoothly--except for that last flight!