|Qingdao International Airport|
We assumed that it might take longer to get out of the door since we were now three instead of two, but we were prepared so it all went smoothly. Little man ate as soon as he woke up, and then lay in his crib waiting for us as we gathered our things. When he’s walking, we’ll have to teach him to grab his backpack and wait at the front door.
Elijah waited with Mommy while Justin went to check in and get our boarding passes. Usually Justin and I would wait in line together, but Elijah was ready for his second breakfast so I tried to stay out of sight. Unfortunately, our plan failed and Justin had to come back to get us as we were all needed at the check-in counter. Elijah’s passport has a ridiculous picture of a red three-day-old puffy-faced baby, and it barely looks like him at all, but they checked us in and we were good to go. Every week that goes by he looks less and less like that red-faced newborn, but apparently he will be able to use this passport until he is 5 years old. Wow!
With the check in done, we headed through to the international departures area and waited for our flight. This was when excitement started to grow. We are always happy to head out on vacation, but this time it was all new since Elijah was with us. And even though he probably had no idea what was going on, we were excited to be traveling with him. As usual, Elijah showed a variety of facial expressions… amazed, shocked, scared, happy.
|Our first family vacation together|
More on our Manila Meet-up with our Thailand travel buddies in the next post.