We're home at last. Our route took us from Guangzhou to Beijing and then over the arctic to Chicago - all in just 22 1/2 hours. Y and Z did well considering the length of time spent on the planes. Once back we were all greeted very enthusiastically by their siblings - all of which were wearing decorated "Welcome Home Z" t-shirts."
We are providing a lot of comfort for Z, who is going through periods of visible grief on a more frequent basis now. It is clear that he loves to play with all of the toys and with everyone in the family. He really is a lovable, adorable character.