Monday, September 15, 2008

Sam's first flight

I went on my first flight when I was 19 years old. Little Sam is following in his dad's footsteps; Ed took his flight (to Haiti, while the coup was going on!) when he was less than 1. (His mom was a flight attendant.) Sam took his first flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi on Sunday.

This is Linh, our guide from Eurekaz, a tour company in Vietnam that is literally at our beck and call 24 hours a day. We're pretty self-sufficient, but it's been nice to know they're there if we need them. And Linh always had bottled water, Oreos and Ritz crackers for us every time she saw us.

The flight was a bit challenging, as Sam is quite a bit more active than the docile baby we got from the orphanage a week ago. We only brought about half a bottle and he had drunk that before takeoff. Bad parents! But he didn't seem to have many ear problems; and Trang, the Vietnamese nanny from Eurekaz who traveled with us to Hanoi, saved our butt by singing to him in Vietnamese for most of the flight. She was a godsend.

That gentleman next to Ed was quickly escorted to another seat by the flight attendant so Trang could sit by us. Still, I think it will be nice to have the extra seat on our flights home. He likes being able to stretch out.

Hanoi is about 1 hour from the airport, and he fell asleep in my arms in the car. But then he would not go to bed when we got to the hotel (the HoaBinh, in the Old Quarter). Finally at 11:30 he fell asleep. I was exhausted. At least he slept through the night again, till almost 7 a.m.
More pictures from our first days in Hanoi soon. We're off to our embassy appointment!


Anonymous said...

Dear Heidi and Ed and Sam, I am in Galena, IL (charming little town). We plan to bike today around town and see some of the sights, i.e. General Grant's home and shop. Already found a yarn shop last night (closed) and will go todfay to check it out. Skype is working, but we aren't here a lot. I will try to see if you are on line.

Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Dear Heidi,Edmund and Sam,

This is Miyuki.
Sam is so cute!!
I want to see you.
But you will take a lot of trouble in Narita airport.
If I can see you, I will leave my office earlier than usual.
Please take good care of yourselves.


vi0linista said...

The picture of Sam on Ed's lap is priceless!!! I can see his personality now! He and Nico will be great buddies :) So for the next flight maybe more milk, and Benadryl? I've never used it but they say it's very effective ;) Maria, William and Nico

Maureen said...

Congratulations Heidi & Ed & Sam! I've been following your progress and am so happy for all of you! Good luck, love the photos, Maureen

LaLa said...

So what are the chances that Trang can fly to Chicago with you LOL Now, that would be nice!!

Hope you are enjoying your getaway and can't wait to see and hear about it when you get back. I am going nuts with you offline for two days : P