It has been a crazy month. Between shopping, childproofing my home, finding a nanny for Isabel, scheduling her medical appointments, applying for FMLA, packing and repacking our bags, and working like crazy to leave work ready for delegation, the time has passed so quickly. At the same time so slowly when I think how many days are left to be able to bring Isabel home.
I went to PR to see my family, and show all of Isabel's pictures and videos. I know for sure that they were getting tired of me showing them the photos so often. But they are happy for us, and they support means a lot to me.
I have received wonderful presents for Isabel. She now has more clothes than she will be able to use before she grow up and change sizes, toys galore, wonderful books (specially the ones on Kazakhstan life and stories for children), and children household items. But the greatest present of all received have been the support of family, friends and support groups (NJ SPACE / SKM). THANKS!!!!! for your generosity, your support means the world to us and makes this journey easier.
Next Friday my sister Gracy and I will leave for Shymkent and next Monday when I leave the Baby House, she will leaving with me. She is not here (at home) yet, but her presence is felt everywhere in the house. I am so exited and so scared. Will she remember me? Will she grieve long for the people and things she will be leaving behind? How I am going to comfort her? What to feed her? Will she be a fuzzy sleeper or have nightmares? How are we going to communicate? Will she scream all the way back to NY? I know that we will manage somehow, but that does not make it less stressful.
The rest of the week will be a lot of activity, Tuesday- flight to Almaty, Wednesday - international adoption doctor appointment, Thursday- bring completed papers to US Embassy, Friday- Interview on US Embassy, Saturday - return home (if Lufthansa has an opening for Isabel, she is in a waiting list).
So I do not think that I will be able to post from there this time, but I will post again as soon as I have a minute of peace after returning home. So keep tuned for updates, I will keep updating for one more year after we return. Pray for us and wish us luck.