Tuesday, January 29, 2008

10 days and counting down

Yep, that's right- 10 days until I leave for Ethiopia!

Last night, Isa B's health insurance card came in the mail. It hit me again that soon she wouldn't be just a photo on my computer screen. Isn't it funny that something as simple as seeing her name on an insurance card could be so thrilling?

I imagine that pregnant women have a similar feeling as they approach their due dates. But, they've had the physical presence of their baby for the last many months rather than just a 2-dimensional photo. Does it feel more "real" to them beforehand? I try to imagine what it's going to be like, but it's just so surreal. She's real in my heart but maybe not real in my head yet, if that makes any sense.

The good news is that I think I have most of the big stuff taken care of now- FMLA, insurance, her room, travel plans. Now come the details. Mom and I are doing a BRU run on Saturday to get the essentials that I'm still lacking. I've had two wonderful baby showers already but am missing some crucial items (like diapers and bottles!).

While we're out running errands, my Dad is going to install the tray for Isa's changing table. Princess that she is, she is getting a custom changing table! Dad traced the design of the headboard on her crib and copied it onto the back edge of a tray he built that will be attached to an existing bookcase to become the changing table. Does that make any sense? (I really need to post some pictures of the nursery, huh?)

We'll also divide out the donations and Isa's items this weekend so that Mom and I can both start packing our checked bags. We're hoping to have two big suitcases each chock-full of goodies. I really wanted to focus on the older kids at Toukoul and we hit the jackpot at Old Navy last weekend. 50-75% off of clearance prices - shirts for $2, pants for $4. We got two huge bags full for less than $100! My friend C felt inspired and bought some more clothes, soccer, basket & recess-type balls with a hand pump and some adorable toothbrushes (which I promised to donate, although I very much want to keep the Hello Kitty one!). We bought lots of supplies during the back-to-school sales last fall, as well.

FYI- for anyone travelling in the future, the cashier said that Old Navy often will donate items for this sort of thing. I don't have enough time, unfortunately, to work on this before my trip but those of you still waiting- call the Old Navy corporate office and see if they'll donate items for you to take!

Anyone have any thoughts on what to get as presents for the nannies? I want something unique to this area but all I can think of is candy.... Unfortunately, our usual claim to fame here in Seattle - coffee- isn't an option. I actually plan to stuff my bags with Ethiopian coffee on the way home!

Okay, enough blathering for today.


Anonymous said...

OMG 10 days!?!?!?!?

You must be freaking out - well, I should say that I WOULD be freaking out, but you sound relatively calm!

So so so exciting. Wish I knew what to tell you to bring for the nannies - when I think of Seattle, all I can think of is coffee. :-(

Jocelyn said...

I can't believe we are leaving soooo soon!!! We need to figure out the details of meeting somehow. I have an idea...you figure it out, my brain is mush:-)

Orange Girl said...

Umm... not fair! I want to claim mush brain too!!!! I'll try to remember to email tonight as I might have an idea. (try to remember and might being the important parts of that sentence)

Autumn said...

The nannies might enjoy a personal item like a scarf or lotion or nail polish (assuming that's culturally kosher:).

Can't believe it's almost time!!!!

paige said...

Hey there!

I tried to buy locally when it came to nanny gifts, so I bought flowers at Bambi's (the roses are gorgeous and super-cheap) and I bought some pastries recommended by Super Wendy (one of the drivers at Toukoul). I brought a little candy too--so close to Valentine's Day, they'd probably love some of the cutie-cute heart-shaped candies--I gave some to Melat as well, and asked her to share them with the rest of the staff (you'll find that everyone loves and knows your lovely Isa, even the guards at the gate).