Sorry for the complete radio silence. These last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of activity around here and they've left me with little energy for anything but the basic necessities. On the good side, there have been lovely baby showers thrown by both my friends at work and our families, shopping, decorating, planning and dreaming. On the down side, my mom had some fairly major surgery (from which she is recovering nicely, but still) and the powers that be at my job realized I really was going to leave and take over 2 months off so they decided to try and kill me first with several huge projects and many very long days. Oh, and there were also about 3 million projects at home to finish up. You know, the ones we just hadn't had time to squeeze in during the last 3 1/2 years. Yeah, those.
But all craziness aside, the day has finally come to head off into the wide blue yonder to meet our daughter. We leave today. We meet Annabelle on March 22, less than a week from this moment. Surreal doesn't begin to cover it.
Here's our schedule:
03/17 - Leave St. Louis
03/19 - Arrive Beijing
03/20-3/21 - Tour Beijing
03/22 - Fly to Nanchang, meet Annabelle
03/23 - Complete adoption
03/24-03/26 - Sightseeing in Nanchang
03/27 - pick up passport, do paperwork
03/28 - Fly to Guangzhou
03/29 - Free day
03/30 - Medical appointment
03/31 - Consulate appointment
04/01 - Pick up Visa, leave Guangzhou
04/02 - Arrive St. Louis
We are both a huge tangled knot of excitement and nerves. I feel like we are as prepared as we can be, and yet I know we can't possibly anticipate what's to come.
I can't wait to find out.