Having the swift in the airport was extremely helpful: sometimes Eva rode in it, sometimes Ian rode in it, and sometimes we pushed the carry-ons in it. It folds down quickly and fits on the belt at the security check point so we didn't get hung up there. With so much stuff to get through security and customs, the 1-finger steering on the swift saved the day. Even though we were gate checking the stroller, we brought the travel bag. The Captain on one of the flights asked us what was in the bag. We told him and he said, "Great idea. Last week, the baggage handlers brought up a gate checked stroller in pieces. It was totally destroyed."
When we arrived in St. Louis, we got our rental car and we were able to fit two very large suitcases, two kids in car seats, our miscellaneous carry-ons and the swift in the rental car.
During the day while I was in training, Curt took the kids to explore St.Louis. The first stop was the St. Louis Arch. It was very close to our hotel. They also hit the zoo a few times, a children's museum and the science center.
About lunch time every day, Eva would fall asleep and stay sounding asleep until 9pm when she'd awake refreshed and ready to party. Jetlag! Curt was able to get her to fall asleep in the stroller to give us a few hours of sleep.
Then, it was onto Georgia to visit my sister and celebrate Eva's 2nd birthday. We did an ‘Olivia the Pig’ theme. We had friends come from Tennessee and several other cities in Georgia. All the friends lived in Korea last year and were at Eva's first birthday party in Korea. My sister is in medical school so she had some med students over as well. My husband and his friend rebuilt the front porch during the party. It was a great time!
Now I am back in Korea, and everyone has finally recovered from jetlag! We get to do this all again in April when we go back to the US for my brother’s wedding!