We will be on our way to meet our babies. I booked our flights this morning! We will be leaving at noon on Saturday 2/2 from our hometown and flying to Dulles in Washington, DC where we'll spend the night with our friends Liz and Joe. The next morning we'll leave bright and early and fly directly to Addis Ababa where we'll arrive at 8:30 am on Monday and hopefully meet Norah and Atticus in the afternoon. For the record, that will be nine months to the day after submitting our paperwork to Ethiopia (although it did take us 6 months to complete all the paperwork and immigration stuff).
We'll depart Addis very late the evening of 2/12, fly to Dulles, connect through Chicago and then arrive home about 6:30 pm on 2/13. Phew! I'm delighted that we'll be able to bypass driving to and from Chicago, especially after the return flight home. Our transcontinental flight will be through Ethiopian Airlines which has the reputation for being one of the most family-friendly airlines out there. Our travel agent said on his last return trip from Addis he shared the plane with 22 children! At least our kids probably won't be the only ones being fussy on board!