Today was care package day. I went to the store, picked up 2 cartons to wrap, pack and get ready for FedEx to bring a care package to my girl in China. Among her goodies, are a tye dye tee with matching hair barrettes, a long sleeved pant outfit, an uber-soft pink toddler sized blanket, 2 pair of socks, a disposable camera with her name on it and Raffi the pink giraffe I have been sleeping with for the past few weeks. Lastly the infamous photo album filled with pictures with corresponding Chinese characters. The second box is being sent on behalf of "grandma" and contains hand lotion and sweets for the nannies and new baby hats, socks and a dozen infant rattles and other toys for all the other children. After all, we couldn't have peanut's friends be upset that she was the only one to get a present. I hope they like everything.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
**MP is man-person otherwise known as the special man in my life.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I just found out my PA came in on 4/17 but was put into the system today. It feels like one hurdle has been crossed but now comes the big wait for LOA. I keep hoping it will come fast but am trying to prepare myself that it could be post Olympics. In the meantime I will be busy this weekend putting together a care package to send. Here's hoping for a little "elfin magic". Don't you just love those ears?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A few weeks ago I was struggling with cold weather and all the bare trees around me. My workplace is huge; the size of a college campus with lots of trees, geese and grass. A colleague of mine who retired last year said when he joined the ranks in the 70's it was not for academia or even a prestigious salary or title but purely to admire the foliage on the grounds. He described a very different approach to healthcare back then and always used the setting where he worked to his advantage by taking patients on walks, having outdoor groups, etc. A few weeks ago there wasn't a flower to be found and yet overnight our drab campus has sprung to life. I don't remember the trees being this lush or perhaps everything just looks a little sweeter to me now.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Back when I posted about my referral I made a reference to signs. I am usually not one to put a lot of faith in that sort of thing but I had a very strange feeling a few days ago and couldn't figure it out and when I finally realized it I got the chills. In a Jewish child's life their Bar or Bat Mitzvah signifies their transition into adulthood. I was raised in a very reform household but my mother really wanted me to have a Jewish upbringing that included all the significant life events and celebrations. For a variety of reasons that aren't appropriate to address here it was postponed and as a result mine was a little later than what is typical by a little less than a year. It was held on Purim which was considered an honor. It is not typical for a woman to hold a Torah but because of the significance of the double celebration I was asked to not only hold it but carry it through the sanctuary to signify becoming a Jewish woman. My Bat Mitzvah was March 18th, 1984. My LOI was sent to China on March 18th. Enough said.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So I realize it's been a while since I posted and figured I better in order to stop those harassing emails. So I am befuddled at the notion of this hit counter and think it's bogus. Do you see what I see? Someone explain this to me please. So it's been 4 weeks and 3 days since my LOI was submitted but who's counting. Since my last post I have learned a bit about peanut and have received new pictures as well as her finding ad. The photos were truly a gift. I saw a photo that I knew HAD to be her on A Child's Right and emailed the US office. By the next morning Eric (what a nice guy) sent me an email with a brief note and 9 photos. He thought she was quite unforgettable, as do I. I may not be able to post her name and photo publicly but look at the second page of China projects and look for the most beautiful child and that's her. Am I a little bias, OH YEA. All the children are beautiful so have a gander anyway. I also learned that peanut has moved again. I feel so bad she has had so much movement in her little life but glad she and her best buddy (a little boy) are still together. I am hoping for another update soon as well as PA. Oh let's just skip PA... I'll take LOA for $100 Alex.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Well it's a new day and a new car. I wish I could be excited about it but I'm not. Hopefully the worst is behind me and I can concentrate on worrying about my little peanut. Yesterday I received her finding ad. Oh my, she was quite the chubster and it says so in black and white. She will fit right in! It's nice to have this piece of her history and I hope her robust condition at birth suggests her birth mother cared enough about herself and her unborn child to ensure adequate nutrition and care. While I will never know the answers to these questions, I can offer what I do know; that she was a healthy and chubby baby. Waiting is hard in the WC program and so much different than I expected but one day at a time.