THANK YOU so much to everyone that attended the shower, and to those of you that didnt make it but sent the friendly comments and gifts. We were both totally overwhelmed by all the great gifts. This baby already has a better wardrobe and far more shoes than one of us (guess which one!!) and we're totally set with all the assorted 'gear' that will make caring for her much easier.
We appreciated ALL of it way more than you can imagine.
We both feel a lot more comfortable about being new parents knowing that we have such an awesome gang of friends and family (many of you fall under both categories, as far as we are concerned) around us.
We just finished our pre-trip conference call with the agency and the 4 other families that will be picking up their new babies on this trip. Very informative... and perhaps a tad unnerving - little things like the meal we get at the orphanage may include things like whole (ie: staring back at us) fish and only semi-hardened chicken eggs (again -- visible eyeballs could be part of the presentation).
Also learned that we may be on our own getting from the Hanoi airport to downtown Hanoi. A one-hour taxi ride minutes after arriving in a new country... well, lots to start getting ready for.
With that said, we are getting totally excited. Its starting to feel more and more 'real' every day. This time next week, we'll finally have this little creature in our arms. Actually, if we're lucky, at this time next week she'll be sleeping, because we'll probably need a nap.
Thanks again to everyone, especially those of you that helped plan the shower and those who came from longer distances. We had a great time and are looking forward to the final step.
Unless there is any major news (we are hoping there isn't) between now and Friday, this will probably be the last post from the US. Hopefully, the internet gods will bless us with high-speed internet access in our hotel room, as advertised, but who really knows. We'll be in touch through this blog as frequently as technology allows.
Time to get busy packing and making final arrangements. whew.