Our cruising season was cut short this year but for good reason! It was always going to be a race against time as our youngest daughter was due to give birth to granddaughter number three the same day we were to arrive home.
We took the long way home flying from London to Los Angeles on Air New Zealand then transiting across to the 11:40 pm flight to Melbourne. Our daughter had booked us 'space available' on the this flight, when you do this you are always 'rolling the dice' with a chance of missing out on a seat, but Rachael does like a bed to sleep in for the last leg home. Things went like clockwork! US Customs was nice and quick, less than an hour, we had allowed around two. Straight across to check-in and the bags were checked-in straight away, a very good sign! Phone call home and our daughter was still at home with no sign of the baby coming. We had to wait until 11pm for our boarding passes but that was at the gate lounge so we were pretty confident by then. On the jet, Rachael and I had seats a row apart but we did have seats and that's what really mattered besides we had been awake nearly 24 hours so I was looking forward to sleeping. We did meet after about 5 hours sleep at the bar for a drink and a snack, we were already suffering jet lag and we were still on the jet!
We arrived in Melbourne on time to be met by a still pregnant daughter, her husband Will and Hollie our three and half year old granddaughter. Turns out we had a day to spare as she went in to hospital on Monday and Summer Rose Turnbull was born on Tuesday morning weighing 8.01 lb. or 3910g.
|Me, Hollie and Summer|