Monday, August 03, 2009

Impatiently Patient

When we are travelling to get Baby Schlotterback, on our in-China flights we will be limited to one bag, 44 lbs or less per ticketed passenger.
44 lbs. That's not that much when you consider how big the suitcase is that I planned to pack. And if we travel in November, we will likely need warm clothes for our daughter's province and summer clothes for when we go to Guangzhou to finalize. (Avg temps for Guangzhou in November are around 80- it's on the same latitude line as Cuba)
Trying to figure out now how we are going to handle this. 44 lbs just isn't a lot. We'll stuff our backpacks too as carry-ons. But still. 44lbs.
At the consignment sale I found a stroller. A Graco Metro Lite for $50 (retails for about $140) that is in great condition. I also bought just a couple of outfits, but mostly pjs. And I bought a brand new pair of Robeez in size 0-6 months for $4 and a brand new pair of pink Nikes in size 3.5. I don't even know what age child wears a 3.5, but hey, they were only $5 and looked brand new. All in all I showed restraint and stayed within budget and then Grandmommy Ann surprised me with money to cover it all! YAY! Thanks Mom!
All I can say right now is that we are impatiently patient. I've been so good throughout this whole wait, taking it in stride and not really obsessing about anything. (Thank you triathlon!) But I've found as we get closer to our referral, I am becoming a neurotic mess and am very impatient, wishing the time away. But because this is all on China time, we must wait, there is nothing we can do about it. So here we are. Ok, mostly me. Impatiently patient.

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Jackie said...

Consignment sales rock! We have zillions around here in the spring/fall, and they kept me busy during the wait. Our little one was wearing a size 3 shoe when we got her at 10.5 mos. old, so your shoes may be just the right size. I bought some Robeez-like Bobux in 6-12 mos., and they're still way too big, so I think you did good with the 0-6 mos. We traveled in spring so didn't have to take many heavy clothes, but we went COO on the way over and pretty much have everything we needed. Bought most wipes, diapers in province (saves a ton of space!). I can send you our packing list if you'd like, as well as the COO of a friend who traveled in Dec. & took heavier stuff. I found her list was a great starting point. Getting so excited for you!

Jackie said...

Forgot to tell you: in G'zhou, the shoe sizes are different. Our size 3 is a size 19 there (size 4=size 20, etc). Good info to have when you're shopping for the leather squeaky shoes (only $4-$5 US!). BTW, you can take the squeakies out for your sanity after the novelty has worn off. :)

Jay and Kelly said...

I am really concerned with the 44 lbs per person! I would be happy if we could travel in Oct.... keeping my fingers crossed. Let's see what next week brings for us.

mamanugget said...

Don't forget the merchants on Shamian (GZ) will loan you strollers for free during your stay. We only took a snuggli carrier over and then borrowed such a stroller as we wanted to pack light.