Miss Gioia

Sunday, January 6, 2008

So it Begins...

Thank you guys for all of the wonderful words of congratulations and encouragement! We are so very tickled by all of this. The only downside is that we have to wait for travel approval from China before we can go to pick her up, which means about three more weeks of waiting. In the meantime, I have been running around the house trying to get everything ready.

First, I took little Fu Le Xin's paperwork to be translated and to a medical professional for review. Besides being surprised by the fact that she was given a meningitis shot and was allowed to eat eggs at 4 months old, the doctor said she seems to be healthy. Which was wonderful news. I was quite the oddity at the Taipei Adventist Hospital where I went for the consultation. When they called my number, the nurse said: Have you been to the weighing station? I said: Well, I have no baby yet. That elicited a couple of blinks and a puzzled look. She was not quite sure what to make of me.

Since I now have an approximate idea of how big she is, I was able to go through all of the clothes we have acquired and select those that may fit (and pack the suitcase - is that too eager?). She was tracking close to the normal range in US weight and height charts (up until 4 months anyway), I am guessing she will fit into 6-9 month clothes at 8 months old when we see her. So I am taking mostly that size, with some 6 month and 9 month sizes thrown in. BTW - what is the deal with having 6 month, 6-9 month, and 9 month sizes? So confusing. And European sizes - phew. I keep having to look those up, even though they should be more intuitive.

So this was monster wash weekend, as all of the baby clothes were officially released into use and could be washed. I bought a super size of Dreft at Costco, and basically went bonkers. Besides the clothes, all of the cloth diapers had to be washed as well. Those puppies apparently must be pre-washed at least three times until they get to their full absorbency. It is making a difference for sure. All of the diapers are now quite fluffy and cozy.

Speaking of diapers, I am trying to decide if we should start with cloth on the trip or just wait until we get back home. Probably we can find a laundromat in Honolulu, but I am not quite sure how we would manage in China. For sure there will be lots of people willing to do laundry, but dirty cloth diapers may be a bit much to ask of a launderer. If anyone has actually used cloth diapers while traveling in China, would you please let me know? In the meantime, I am studying up on the basics so I know what to do when we do start using them.

Speaking of Costco, I somehow felt the urge to buy a tremendous amount of staples for the pantry yesterday. I kept thinking "better now than when she comes." We now have ziploc bags (two sizes), pasta, diced tomatoes, Pledge, bathroom cleaner, and toilet paper to last us until we leave Taiwan. So if you need any of that, just pop my our place.

T minus three weeks, y'all. Isn't it fun?

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Blogger Alyson & Ford said...

We are anxiously reading about your travel plans and preparations. We learn so much from the BTDT families. You will be one of them soon!!
I have not bought any clothes for our new daughter as we could be referred up to a 36 month old. I will probably go crazy shopping once we learn of her age & size. I have stocked up on non-perishable items during this wait too. I also have been working on paying up all our bills (except the mortgage) three months ahead. It is exciting to see a credit on our monthly bills so that once we are back from China, I won't have bills to pay! Another one of my weird preparations!
Enjoy this time!

LID 01/27/06

January 7, 2008 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Bug's mama said...

your time will fly!! Good idea to go ahead and wash clothes, the more you do now, the less to worry about when you are running around with excitement! Can't wait to hear all about it!

January 7, 2008 8:48 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Costco in Tawian? In like flynn.

January 7, 2008 10:32 PM  
Blogger monicaijordi said...

Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!

they can consult our videos of adoption


January 8, 2008 6:07 AM  
Anonymous pepper07 said...

You are trully nesting now! I hope some of the consignment clothes will fit as I can't remember even what I sent. I can't wait to see her.

Nai Nai

January 8, 2008 9:55 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

The weeks will just fly by now... Hang on your in for the ride of your life...

January 8, 2008 11:17 AM  
Blogger In case you wondered said...

I love that nesting instinct - hilarious! One week out the nursery HAD to be painted right that second, can lights were installed (don't ask), and Maggie's old carseat was still dripping dry from its scrubbing when labor began...

January 8, 2008 11:29 AM  
Blogger rebx said...

I've never traveled in China, but I have traveled and camped in the US with cloth diapers in tow. With my first daughter, I managed to use cloth diapers and wipes almost exclusively. I only used paper diapers for trips over 1 week long involving travel by airplane - I didn't want to use up my luggage allotment on a large suitcase of diapers. I found it best to bring a large supply of diapers, so I could go at least 3 days between visits to a washing machine. This sometimes meant carrying around a large PUL-lined bag full of wet/soiled diapers, which was not the most pleasant luggage. Still, it wasn't impossible, and I was so happy to have my daughter's baby skin in cloth diapers.
For my second daughter, we use paper or GDiapers for travel, and cloth for home, just to simplify life. So much for my lofty cloth diaper ideals! I have to admit that it did make travel a whole lot simpler when I didn't have to plan on laundry access. And I don't miss hefting around the heavy bag of wet diapers. I do have some mother guilt about this, but I've discovered that comes with the territory...Hope that helps a little.

January 8, 2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger Research-China.Org said...

Congratulations on your pending adoption. When you are ready to obtain their finding ad (which has a great photo several months younger than the referral photo!) come visit us at www.Research-China.Org.

Have a great trip!


January 10, 2008 2:38 AM  

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