I just called DH at work and told him... he is over the moon!! We kept giggling and laughing. I was all "oooh I'm going to see my baby, everything is peachy" and he was more like, "okay, what's next, what paperwork do we need etc." - we are so stereotypically right- and left-brained!
This weekend we're going to pick out possible dates to fly out!!!!!! And then next week I'll be calling travel agents to price tickets. Oh, and we have to finish shopping for stuff on our packing list!! We are sadly short of a lot of things we absolutely need. OMG I am freaking out but in such a good way!!
I also have to think of a nice way to tell my boss I am not coming back. Not looking forward to that. She thinks I'm going to India for a month and then coming back to work. Well, now that we're staying with relatives, I can foster Addie for a lot longer than we had thought, so I'm going to be in India for a few months. Plus, I really want to be a SAHM when I get back. Ugh, I hate quitting, it's always so awkward and hard to do! For me, at least.
Lunch break's over - time to get back to teaching preschoolers! Good thing they're too little to notice that their teacher won't be concentrating on the lesson plan!
I came up with a To-Do list so I'm not so intimidated by all that we have left to do before we go. *Deep breath* Is it normal that my palms get sweaty and I want to hyperventilate everytime I think about going to India for months and months??
Anyway, here's my list:
This weekend: Look at possible dates to fly out in March.
Next week: 1. Call travel agents and price tickets. 2. Get baby detergent. 3. Wash baby's clothes.
Weekend of the 16th: 1. Buy things on packing list that we don't have. 2. Send out for Tim's visa. 3. Start packing! 4. Possibly buy tickets?
Okay, now that it's broken down into manageable chunks it doesn't seem too bad. Phew! DH is so calm about all the packing, but worried about the paperwork. I am not worried about the paperwork, but the packing scares the crap out of me! Hopefully we'll be able to keep each other sane.
Today we went to USCIS (aka INS). We had been fingerprinted for our I600-A (which basically approves us to bring an orphan into the US) back in November. According to them, we would have had our approval within 45 days. So, I email them at their "priority" email address - one established only for adoptive parents with queries about the I600-A. They're supposed to reply within 3 days. Well, I emailed them twice in the past two weeks. Nada. So I began to get worried, and we made an appointment to go in and speak with them (they're an hour away). Luckily Tim didn't have to work today, and I got off early, so we were both able to go. Well, we get there and the lady says they had my name wrong in the application and were waiting on my fingerprints! They checked their records using my correct name and it popped up! How could they just have typed in my name wrong when I filled out several forms?? And Tim was soooo po'd because he said when were they going to tell us all this?? I am just glad we got it all sorted out. We're supposed to have our approval within the month, so we'll see. Come March 1st, we're going to be back up there if we still don't have it. Sigh. I hate dealing with the government.
OMG I am so excited I cannot sleep. That hasn't happened to me since the beginning of the adoption process!! It's fitting it's happening again towards the end, huh? I am so happy that I get to see my daughter in about 6 weeks! Although, I must be honest. I had a little freakout tonight. DH and I were talking about how close it is, and I started crying because I felt so overwhelmed by how HUGE this is. I kept asking him, "What if the baby hates me?" or "What if I don't know how much to feed her and she gets malnourished?" All kinds of "what if" questions. He just held me and told me I'm going to make a wonderful mom, and I won't be doing this by myself. I am so glad I have him to be my rock!! He is such a sweetheart. He's going to be the best dad!
We have a DATE set!!!!!!!!! We're flying out on March 12, 2007. DH will be calling the travel agent back tomorrow to get some more details set, and he'll get the full itinerary then. I believe we leave that night. OMG, I cannot believe it!!!!!!!!!!! Exactly 5 weeks from today at this time, we're going to be at the airport, on our way to meet our daughter for the first time!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe it. The travel agent faxed me an itinerary, and I'm sitting here looking at it. I'm thinking, on the return trip, I'll have a BABY in my arms. I'll be a mom! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our flight out is at 2:30 PM on March 12th. One month and six days!!!!
Jenny emailed me today and said the orphanage is still working on the child study. She said it should be ready by the end of the week. She's calling me tomorrow to start planning my relatives' visit to the orphanage to see Addie!! I am so excited, I cannot wait to see her!!!!
This journal is going to become sort of an organizational calendar for me now. DH even said, "We really need to buy all the stuff we need for her!" And you know when the ultra-calm, mega-cool person in the family says that, we have trouble! So I'm breaking it up into weeks:
Week 5: 1. Get price quotes from various travel agents. DONE!
2. Book tickets. DONE!
3. Get referral announcements done, except for picture part.
4. Set up details of relatives visiting orphanage.
Week 4: 1. Get baby detergent.
2. Wash baby's clothes.
3. Buy things on packing list, including gifts for people in India.
4. Get living room painted.
5. Make 2 copies of all dossier documents.
Week 3: 1. Send out for Tim's visa.
2. Get POA drawn up for Tim's parents.
That's all I have for now, but I'm sure I'll come up with more! My mantra is going to be, Don't panic. Oh, and drink more wine.
Jenny didn't call today. I had very limited times that I was available, so I hope it's just that and not that she's returning to her old slovenly ways. Only time will tell...
Tomorrow DH and I are going to buy baby detergent and then I can start washing her clothes and throwing them into suitcases. Yes, I said throwing. Packing them all in neatly is totally DH's job! We're also going to pick out a color for the living room. I don't know if it's nesting or what, but I suddenly started to feel as if the peachy orange we have in there right now just isn't suitable for the baby. I think we'll pick out a more mellow, subdued color. We're going to repaint the weekend of the 16th, because we both have a 4-day weekend that day!
Oh, and I officially turned in my notice at work!! My last day is March 7th. Less than one month to go, and then I'll be a SAHM!! I cannot wait. DH is not taking any extra leave besides the weekend before we go, but I need a little extra time to run around and do all the last-minute stuff. So I took 4 extra days off. I can't believe in 4 and a half weeks, we'll be on our way to INDIA!!!!!!!!! It's just not sinking in all the way. I think it's too big of a shock for my body, so in sudden little spurts, my heart will start to race and I'll get sweaty palms. But the rest of the time I'm fine! I'm a crazy, hormonal woman right now. Who says you have to be pregnant to get like that?