The suitcases are lined up in Reagan’s room and the packing has officially started. Still wondering how I am going to fit it all, but I guess I have 12 days to practice and maybe even reconsider leaving a few items at home:)
Last week, we received a short update on Reagan, a new picture and her measurements, along with our basic itinerary for the trip.
Our girl is 27 inches long and weighs just about 18 lbs. I have mostly 6-12 month clothes for her, so I think we should be in good shape.
Here is a brief rundown of our trip:
Friday, October 15th
The journey begins as Pat and I head to New Jersey to pick up Marla and then we will be meeting Dita and her Darlings for a bon voyage dinner.
After dinner, Pat is going to take Marla and I to a hotel in close proximity to JFK Airport, so we can get a little rest and know that we are within a stones throw to the airport and won’t have to fight traffic on Saturday morning.
Saturday, October 16th
Our flight leaves JFK Saturday morning and we will be heading to Hong Kong where we will have a short layover before heading to Changsha. Our first flight is 16 hours and the second flight is only an hour and half. Of course China is ahead by 12 houres, so I am sure our bodies will be thoroughly confused by the time we get off that plane.
Sunday, October 17th
We are due to land in Changsha at 6:15pm(China Time) where we will meet our first guide of the trip, Ceila. She will be taking us to the Huatian Hotel and will be with us the entire time we are in province.
Monday, October 18th
This is the day we are scheduled to meet Reagan…..they will be bring her to our hotel instead of us going to the civil affairs office. We were warned that there is a slight possibility that they might bring her Sunday night. If that is the case, she will probably be waiting for us when we arrive from the airport giving us no time to unpack and unwind. I was told to make sure I carry a diaper, change of clothes, bottle, and formula just in case.
Tuesday, October 19th
The official adoption/processing begins in Changsha
Wednesday, October 20th
We will be taking a trip by high speed bullet train to visit the Chenzhou Children’s Welfare Institute. Marla and I plan to take a suitcase filled with goodies for the children and staff of Chenzhou. My agency said that the facilitator will tell us what the orphanage can use once we get to Changsha. We decided it would make more sense to hit Wal-Mart and buy what we need there so we don’t have to pack and carry everything with us. Both Marla and I are super excited to be able to make this trip to see where Reagan has spent the last 10 months of her life………and of course, we are anxious to see and spend time with all the other babies and children.
Thursday, October 21st through Sunday, October 24th
Will be spent in Changsha sight seeing, touring, and shopping while we wait out the rest of the in province portion of the adoption.
Monday, October 25th
We board the plane to Guangzhou where we will be met by our guide, Lucy. She will take us to the Victory to check in and then we will be heading out for Reagan’s medical exam Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, October 26th
The US Consulate Apppointment
Wednesday, October 27th
The Oath taking ceremony at the Consulate
Thursday, October 28th
Reagan’s Visa will be issued so we can leave the country
Friday, October 29th
We begin the long trek home. We will be flying from Guangzhou to Hong Kong and then from Hong Kong to JFK. We are due to land in the US around 9pm and I am sure that we will be greeted by our family and friends.
Anxious does not even begin to describe what I am feeling right now. I am so emotional and the thought of what is about to take place just gives me the chills and makes me teary eyed. It has definitely made me think about how far we have come since the start of this process.
These last few years have felt somewhat like a marathon. It has been a long, hard race and at times it felt as though we were not going to be able to finish and we would be forced to give up, or quit. We had come so far and although the finish line was in sight, it was out of reach.
Well…. we are almost there, we are so very close we can almost touch the ribbon with our fingertips.
We are in the final mile of the long journey and there is nothing that is going to keep us from crossing the finish line now.
Reagan is there waving us in…..
and we are just baby steps away from her.
Hang on baby girl….. it won’t be long now.
We are on our way.
A special thanks to Diana for the adorable mud pie booties. I absolutely love them and already have them packed in Reagan’s suitcase.