Hello from the Tokyo airport. Sam was a star traveler on the first leg of our journey. He took the bottle during take-off, then fussed for approximately 4 minutes until we got him in the bassinette, where he slept the whole flight. Ed and I each got a few hours of "airplane sleep." Ed is still pretty sick.
The smartest $68 we have spent this trip was for a sleeping/shower room at the Tokyo Airport. It was nicer than the boat room in Halong Bay! Ed got some decent sleep there, and I slept for a few hours while Sam slept. We both walked him around the concourse in the Bjorn, which he loves.
Unfortunately we didn't realize we could check in early, so when we did about 3 hours before the flight, the only bulkhead with a basinnette was already taken. Crap! We could have checked in 11 hours before the flight. I'm sure no one was at the airport before us! And I would have really rather had the basinette for the 12-hour flight than the 5-hour one. Well, now I am doubly glad we got a seat for Sam (using Ed's miles). Wish us luck on this longest and last leg of our journey.
We had thought about trying to meet up with Miyuki, my parents' former Japanese foreign exchange student, here in Tokyo, but we were too exhausted and worried about leaving security with Sam's Vietnamese passport and US visa. Don't want to take any chances.
Should be in Chicago in 14 hours. I know my parents and sister are counting the hours. See you there!