Friday, January 15, 2010

Finally, Able to Breathe!

Finally....we have all our ducks in a row! My paperwork has finally made it to it's rightful place. This has been, by far, the most stressful two weeks of my life. I have physically felt like there was a huge weight on my chest. Amazing how that weight lifted immediately when I heard the good news!

This weekend will be spent trying to get this house in shape and packing!!! Whoo Hoo!!! For all you BTDT moms, what was something you were so happy you brought? Also, is it true that the hotels have outlet adaptors for you to use? Anything else you would like to share would be great!

I'm working on the nursery post! I'll post it tomorrow morning!! It came out so beautiful. I can't wait to share it with you!!
Gotcha Day is in 10 days!!!!


Courtney said...

This is so exciting that things are finaly on the move again. Happy packing!

Everyday Mom Designs said...

I am in tears yet again.. I am oh so happy for you all. This is just wonderful. I knew it would work out for you. Your little girl and your family deserve each other more than anything. I am so happy for you. Looking forward to seeing the nursery post!

Colleen said...

I would go to a travel store and buy the adaptor. Sometimes the ones they have at the hotels are not safe that's if they have them.
I was so happy I had extra ziplock bags, wipes, diapers (chinese diapers are not great for night time), tongs (I know sounds funny but they were wonderful when I had to take the bottle nipple out of the boiled water), poop bags (you are in that hotel a lot and the poop needs to be a in a deodorized bag), suppositories for constipation, medicine...I brought lot's of medicine. I was really happy I had a prescription strength ointment for diaper rash because my babies butt was blistered when we got her : (
How exciting for you {{{hug}}

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I am sooo happy for you girly..
I knew things would fall into place..
I can't believe you are leaving in 10 days..
you better get to packing..
love ya..

Anonymous said...

We packed an entire suitcase of snacks from home. It was extra handy when we came home, we had an extra bag then for souvenirs.
We took our own adapters, so I cannot help with that. Sorry!


TanyaLea said...

I will be watching this post so closely, soaking in any traveling/packing advise I can gather from your commenters. It'll be a few months yet for us, but one can never be too prepared.

SO happy for you! Isn't amazing how the weight of stressing over things like that feels PHYSICALLY relieving when it's all over...and all is good!?! PTL that the papers are where they need to be!

10 DAYs until GOTCHA DAY!!!! WOW...I seriously got chills as I read that. How incredibly surreal for you. I can't wait to be in your shoes!! SO happy for ya... soon, very soon, she will be in YOUR ARMS!! YEAH!!!!!!! :)

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

DiJo said...

Do not forget the STACKING CUPS!!!!!

More later!!


The Byrd's Nest said...

I can't believe it is finally here! Yes...stacking cups and bubbles are a must! Woo Hoo! Praise the Lord!

Anonymous said...


I have popped over a few times throughout your adoption journey. I just wanted you to know I will be praying for safe travels and blessings as you become a family of 6 and welcome sweet Wesleigh! I would also love to post a prayer request oon my blog for your family...but if you would rather not just let me know!

Blessings to your family, Ashley

Doug and Terrye said...

We were happy that we had ziploc will be surprised at the things you will need them for! Also, we visited our family pediatrician and he gave us several Rx's to fill before we left. Our little one had thick green mucus, and a horrible cough that kept her awake at night :( The antibiotics were mild, but the did the trick immediately, and the Rx diaper rash cream was a blessing!!! And I agree with Colleen, POOP BAGS!!! We also took dryer sheets to lay out in the room to help with the different smells that we encountered in a new culture :)

Anonymous said...

When you go to meet your little girl make sure you take food (cheerios, candy) and drink (water or Juice box) for her and a doll or some other toy. I got Chloe to come to me right away by holding out a baby doll and a lolly pop! She never looked back after that! I second the stacking cups, and we also brought our own plugs. Do not bring a blow dryer, they have them in all the hotels. We didn't need to worry about bringing any snacks either. Chloe was from Xi'an and they had everything. Across the street from our hotel there was a McDonalds, Starbucks,KFC and Pizza Hut as well as a large Department Store with a grocery store in the basement. They have all the same snacks we have here at home and you can tell what they are by the packaging even if it is written in Chinese. We overpacked. Get your laundry done there. Even the hotel laundry is not that expensive compared to here and is worth it. Coke in the can tastes funny, but the bottled stuff tastes just like home. Chloe was two and din't know how to drink out of a sippy cup and was still on a bottle of formula at night. If you have any specific questions let me know!
Courtney Barnett

E said...

Our daughter was 20 months old and still using a bottle as well as being on solid food. Having a thermos to store boiled water and a slightly larger rubbermaid bowl (w/lid--sherbet size?) were helpful in the hotel to wash and sterilize nipples, spoons/forks, sippy cups, etc. The bowl was also helpful to carry fragile items during transit and to carry snacks on the way over. We took some ice tongs w/rubber ends which were a little smaller than regular tongs. All the hotels where we stayed had hairdryers so that is one less bulky item to pack. Hope this helps!! So happy for you :)

Jennifer O'Cain said...


If I am correct your boys are going. Do not forget to take some type of drink bottle with a lid on the airplane. Our 7 yr old kept spilling her drink from the plane. I wish I had taken some type of cup/bottle.Also they will fill it up and you can have something even when it is not readily avaiable. The rubbermaid box with a straw would be ideal. It is small and leak proof.

Wear TED hose on the plane. I know they are tight and ugly but I got a blood clot in my leg on the way over. I was so scared but thankfully it went away after a few days.

We took our own adapters. Could've used a few more. The pack we bought only had one that actually worked in China and when you have to charge a camera, plug in a computer, etc. It would have been nice to have 2 or 3.

Protect you Gotcha Day video and pictures! Our video accidently got erased in China. Very dissapointing!

Skype, your family back home will love it and it is sooo easy!

I know these are different sort of things but I don't really know what to take for a little girl ours was 7.

We took a suitcase full of donations for our daughters orphanage. It was full of gifts on the way back home.

I am so happy everything is in line and you are ready to go. You will have the time of your life. I think back to our time in China as one of the best of my life! Just be careful, you may catch the "bug". We are starting to think about #2!Adoption is amazing!

Blessings- Jennifer O'Cain

Aaron and Erica said...

I'll second or third the stacking cups and bubbles reminder and I'll also add in there balloons (they take up no room in the suitcase and are great entertainment in the hotel room). We were also glad we had some dum dum suckers for our daughter the day we met her. We took a converter/adaptor but we did not end up needing it because all of the hotels had one. I kept it in its' original package and then was able to return it to T*rg*t when we got home. We also took what seemed like an entire pharmacy with us, but we were fortunate to not need much of the medicines. I know you'll be so glad once everything is packed!!!

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