We went to bed that night (Thursday-the day my sister and Will arrived) around midnight and were hoping to sleep in late. Instead, my cell rang at about 2:00 am and we were totally sound asleep. I don't even remember the phone ringing. It was Cole from American telling us that the birth mother's water broke and to start to make plans to head to the airport. He told us he would keep us updated throughout the night and morning and we didn't have to crazy rush but that we get ready to travel!
We were so excited and couldn't believe this was actually happening! Although we were really tired, we jumped up and started packing. (Actually, Brett asked if he could go back to bed for awhile first...:)) I had already started packing all of my stuff and the stuff for the baby so the majority was ready to go. I went and woke up Laura and Will and they got up to help us out.
I don't know what I would have done without them! They kept us calm and grounded as we tried to remember everything. Brett got on the computer and booked a flight that left at 5:50 am to San Francisco with a layover in Denver. Will got our car seat out of the box and detached from its base and packaged up so we could check it as part of our baggage. We decided to fly with a little portable baby bed Elizabeth and I found at Babies'R'Us instead of lugging the whole pack'n'play. Otherwise, we packed just the bare essentials for us as far as clothes and toiletries since we would just be hanging out in the hotel room. We packed lots of outfits, sleep sacks, blankets, and bottles for the baby-thinking that we could buy stuff when we got out there.
Laura and Will drove us to the airport to catch our flight at 5:50 am. I can't explain how perfect the timing was for them to be there to drive us to the airport and take care of things around our house after we were gone. We will forever be grateful to them for everything they did!
The flight to Denver was smooth and uneventful. I think we were just tired and both in shock that this was actually happening and that we would be meeting our son later that day.
When we arrived at our delay in Denver, we found out that our next flight was a little delayed and we had some time to catch our breath. We heard from Cole that she wasn't at the hospital yet, that she was going to her doctor's appointment first. He then told us that this could have not been her water breaking and just a leakage or "accident" and to hold tight and we would get back to us. He texted us a little later and said that all systems were a go and that her contractions were only about 15 minutes apart so she still wasn't at the hospital yet but would call us when they got there.
While we waited for our flight I updated everybody! Here is a picture of him drinking a beer at 8:30 am (to us it felt like much later since we had been up since 2:00 am and were up until midnight the night before) on our layover in Denver while booking our rental car for arrival in San Francisco! The bartender actually brought out a second round for him, but as a responsible "dad-to-be" he declined :)
We got on our flight and headed to San Francisco. On this 2 hour flight we both began our journals that we will one day be able to share with our son of the journey we took to get him!