Archive for August, 2010

One Week

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

In one week we will finally hold our son.

I am freaking the fuck out!

ETA: Yes, Family (Gotcha) Day is actually the 5th. Which means Darren spends his birthday dealing with adoption paperwork, but having Adoption Day be his birthday ain’t a bad thing!




Trip itinerary

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Wow. Things got real in a hurry.

We have our flights into and out of China booked and our final travel planning call with our agency is tomorrow, where we should get all the details on our in-country travel.

We’ll be flying into Hong Kong, and we’ll have a day and half there. Hopefully we’ll be able to get out and see the city and check out the local food.

From Hong Kong we should be flying to Nanchang. The next day (and my birthday!) will hopefully be Gotcha Day where we finally get to hold our son.

We’ll then have most of a week kicking around Nanchang completing paperwork and meetings with the Chinese government, and generally trying to figure out how to be first-time parents. Scary and exciting stuff.

Alexei then gets to take his first plane ride to Guangzhou where we’ll have most of another week doing paperwork and having meetings with the U.S. government, culminating in taking the Oath of Allegiance on his behalf, making him a U.S. citizen. I suspect Kleenex will be involved with that.

Finally we get on a short plane ride to Hong Kong where we’ll have a few hour layover before the long flight home.

In the meantime, lots and lots more reading to do on how to be a parent and How Not To Be A Schmuck While Traveling Abroad, all amidst the final scramble to get the house ready for a kid, get work squared away to where I can disappear for a few weeks without the world ending, and shopping/packing/cleaning/etc.



We have TA!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

CCAA has sent our Travel Authorization (TA) – tomorrow we should have our consulate appointment in hand and will know for sure what our travel dates (and the all important Gotcha Day!) will be.

I think I may be hyper-ventilating.

Stay tuned.

Edit to add: I’m going to attempt to expand on the concepts of attachment in adoption shortly but for now, for any family and friends who are physically close to us and for whom this might become an issue shortly, please go over Why Grandma Can’t Pick up the Baby (Yet) for some information on why we will not be passing Alexei around to the arms of our loved ones any time soon.