The excitement has begun! During the whole adoption process, Jay and I have met so many people and have made a number of new friends. Pam and Jerry are two of those new friends. I just got off the phone with Pam- she and Jerry are so excited. They are leaving for China tomorrow to bring their daughter Katelyn home.
The past week has been very busy and exciting, especially for Pam and Jerry. There have been many e-mails and telephone calls going back and forth- do you have enough diapers? Did you get formula for when you come home? Is your packing done? etc. Sunday we went out for brunch to celebrate. We had a wonderful time telling stories of the crazy things that we have done while waiting to bring our daughters home. Pam says we should write a book, but it’s far more fun to sit around the table with good friends and good food and take a trip down memory lane.
Pam and Jerry will be touring Hong Kong on their 11th anniversary. The day after their anniversary they will finally get to hug Katelyn for the very first time! I’m going to miss the nightly chats Pam and I have had for many weeks now, but I’m sure she and Jerry will have many wonderful stories to tell when arrive home with Katelyn.
Jay and I are deep in the throes of preparing for our trip. This past weekend we started trying to decide what outfits to bring to China for Alex. It seems so surreal, picking out the outfits that we will pack for our daughter! I would pick up one outfit and think, “It’s so tiny, I should probably pack something a little bit bigger” and then I would read the tag and discover that it would fit a baby up to 23 pounds. Then I would think, “Wow, she is going to swim in that. Last we knew, she was only 15.5 pounds.” Finally, we decided to bring some 6-9 month clothes, some 9 months, and some 12 months. Anything that is too small will be donated to the orphanage. Hopefully some of the outfits we bring will fit her. Worst case scenario- -we would have to go shopping in China. Now that would be terrible!
We got a call last night, the first of Alex’s two bureaus has arrived. Hopefully the second one will follow soon. Grandma and Aunt Sherri have made sure that Alex has plenty of clothes to fill both bureaus- and the closet!
Everyone is getting so excited. We talked to Alex’s cousin, Jeremy, the other night. He was all excited about a school project. They have to write to an international pen pal- and Jeremy is going to write to someone in China. He thought (and we agree) that it is so cool that he will be learning about the country where his cousin was born. I’m sure Alex will be eager to hear stories about her homeland some day.
Well, it’s getting late and I just thought of several more things to add to the to- do list. I want to update the list while it’s still fresh in my mind.
Good night all.