I thought I might get 7 hours of sleep last night but Charlotte woke me at 10:30 with what seemed to be a nightmare. I got her back to sleep quickly and returned to bed. Then at 12:30 she woke crying, stumbled out of bed and to the door announcing her nose was stuck. So I scooped her up and brought her to bed with me. She was upset and couldn't sleep so I said a prayer and she finally went to sleep.
Still, it's hard to sleep with a restless child, I wake frequently for the next 4 hours.
At 4:30 my alarm goes off and she stays asleep so I sneak my bags out of the room and into the bathroom. Immediately after shower she wakes up crying, her warm sleeping buddy gone. I find her behind the door and hand her off to Mema who is thankfully awake and ready to rock and cuddle.
Fifteen minutes left, rush to get ready, repack bags, eat muffins while pumping. Go out to say goodbyes. My little girl hugs me tight but won't kiss me goodbye. I tell her mommy is going to work for 2 weeks. She looks sad as I hand her to Mema, still no kiss. I turn to leave and she relents for a kiss and gives me a big hug.
Papa, husbands grandfather got up early to drive me to the airport. He's waiting in the truck after already packing my bags. I tell him the story of Charlottes night and he's sad that his great grand-daughter is sick.
I leave knowing my children are in wonderful caring hands.
Next stop - Dallas, TX to catch flight to Narita, Japan (13 hour flight) then switch planes for Hong Kong (5 hour flight), finally arrive to hotel Saturday night HK time.