Friday, May 13, 2011

Making Progress

This is the last weekend I'll spend in my house alone. It's all a bit surreal. I took a shower today realizing soon there will be bathtub toys for me to navigate around. Right this very moment there are bottles and sippy cups in my dish drainer. I washed baby clothes the other day and marveled at how tiny they are.

I'm full throttle in prep mode right now. Most everything is set aside waiting to be packed. That's planned to start Sunday night. I even bought a little luggage scale to make sure our bags aren't overweight.  I think I've narrowed down the clothing for myself and Mia. Now I just have to make sure it all fits.

I have a baby shower tomorrow. I'm so excited for that! It's all a total surprise. My bestie has it all planned and from the little bit that I've seen... I bet it's gonna be something spectacular.

I'm slowly wrapping things up at work. Only 2 more work days left! I won't be back until August 15th. The whole summer to spend with my baby girl! You have no idea how happy that makes me. I have visions of putting her in the stroller for an afternoon walk, going to the pool, the park. Just spending lots of time in the sunshine as we get to know each other.

Today I had Eco-Maids come and clean my house. It was a nice little gift to myself. I think other than the cost of this might have been the BEST money I ever spent. Relieving  the stress of having to do it all myself and the time saved was so worth every penny. My house is sparkling.

Griffey even had a bath today. He's all fluffy and fresh. I just hope he stays that way for the next few weeks. It'd be nice if he still smelled good when he meets his little sister. I wonder how that relationship will work out. Of course, I hope they fall in love with each other. But it might take awhile. It's just been Griffey and me for over 10 years. Sharing the attention might be a difficult adjustment.
So my plane tickets are bought. The "really good condition" money situation has been worked out and is all ready to go. The pediatrician has been chosen and the first appointment made for a few days after we get home. I'm installing the car seat in the backseat on Sunday. I'll own a stroller by Monday. On Wednesday at 6am the plane takes off on the way to my daughter.

Soon a baby will live here.


Lindsay said...

Just a great big 'Yeah' from over here :)

Dottie said...

Love reading your blog. Can't wait to actually meet you in China! More so yet, I sooooo can't wait to meet out little sweetie pies! I keep staring at Mei-Lin's picture every single day. I'm sure you are constantly looking at Mia's picture as well. I think that I may be overpacked but oh well que sera sera. Take care and have a safe, funfilled time in Beijing and I'll see you on May 22! Woo Hoo!!!!

dottie said...

Forgot to mention that Griffey is sooooo cute. It's true, once a Pom lover always a Pom lover. He looks so much like my Rocky. However Rocky is in doggy heaven and we now have a Pug who is just as cute as the dickens. So now I love Pugs just as much as the Pom Poms.

K said...

I wish I'd thought of having a service come in and clean before I left. What a GREAT idea!

I'm so excited for you and think it's really neat that you'll be receiving your daughter where I received mine. I'll imagine you there easily.

Don't mind the greyness and dinginess of Nanchang. Guangzhou makes up for it.

dawn said...

This might just be a favourite post of mine. Happy days ahead.

Carol and Taylor said...

Reading about your joy and excitement brings back such great memories. Thank you for allowing virtual strangers to share your fun. As another single working mom, if you can swing it, spring for a maid service, at least to do the heavy cleaning when you start work again. Even if its just once a month. I couldn't survive without mine.

Happy travels,

Carol and Taylor

Anonymous said...

I am so enjoying reading your blog and I can feel you joy and anticipation as you edge towards the day when you and Mia become a family. I remember the anticipation as I was just days away from meeting my daughter back in 2006.

I wanted to wish you so much happiness as your life takes this wonderful turn.

Susan and Kate
Riverview FL

skm said...

I have followed your blog for a looonggg time! I am so happy for you, sweet Mia and Griffy too!Finally it is your "turn" and I look forward to reading/watching it all unfold. God bless you as your dreams become reality.
Sharon in NH

Anonymous said...

Your going to bring a computer right so we can have updates or do I have to start crying now???


kitchu said...

soon YOUR baby will live there. goosebumps from head to toe reading this!!!!

Sue said...

So, so happy for you! When I read your blog, it takes me back to when I was right where you are. Enjoy every second! Safe travels!

Shannon said...

Love reading this! That million miles is lessening each day! =)

Louise said...

Been following for some very happy for you as you head towards your hearts desire for this wee baby in your life. Mia will bring colour to your life that you could not expect....even with your fondness for colour. Your anticipation brings back memories of my trip in 2004 to receive my daugther Olivia. She is the light of my life. Be blessed and know that you and Mia are in our prayers.... Can't wait to follow your trip.
Louise and Olivia Hui Hui

China Dreams said...

Probably the best transition in life!


Anonymous said...

Just found your blog (I'm not sure how, maybe RQ) and have been having so much fun reading (we don't know each other just in case your wondering!) Many congratulations on your beautiful daughter, what a darling!

amazeingteacher said...

i'm so excited for you!! i'm re-living my journey exactly one year ago today. i'm also a single mom and i remember those days right before travel...the anticipation of what your life will soon be like! it's a whole new world and has been so wonderful! i know you will enjoy each minute of it. i also had all last summer to bond with my daughter and it was just the best time ever! enjoy...and try to blog when you are in china so we can keep updated!! can't wait to see you together!

Donna -N- Andrew said...

Can't wait to follow along~ Safe Travels.

Patricia/NYC said...

Catching up here today & am positively THRILLED for you!!!!
Can't wait to follow along!!

LOVED the shower pics touching!! What a beautiful job your best friend & mom did! Wonderful!!!

This is such an exciting time for you!!! ENJOY every goes by so daughter is almost 6 1/2 already & your post brought back somany wonderful memories!

Barbara said...

i need your address to mail you something!!! If you want, you can send me the police station address if that will make you more comfortable! I have a little something for Mia :-)

my personal email is

I am sooo excited for you, I can't wait to follow your trip!!!