So the fastest we could leave (and not pay an extra grand per ticket) is February 11th. So that's when we're going, Wednesday morning!!! We're going to have our baby for Valentine's day. I could cry just thinking about it : )
We fly back home to Vancouver on Feb.25th at 4:30pm (in case you want to come and meet us!!!). Things are definitely feeling more real but there is still a surreal quality to it all.
I've been super busy trying to find accomodations and I've finally booked us in for the first week at the Weygoss guest house and the last few days at the Oziopia guest house (www.oziopia.org). I'm so excited and I think staying at two different places will be great, hopefully we get two unique experiences that will both teach us about Ethiopian culture. The oziopia sounds more like a "homestay" which I really like and there may be drumming involved. My husband is a drummer so I am really hoping we can take part in the drumming party that their website says they have. And they only take one family at a time so we will have lots of time to chat with the family and get to know more about the culture, language, etc.
Staying at the Weygoss for the first week also sounds great though, because I believe I may bump into Ricki & Bruce who are picking up their baby Yonnas! And who knows what other Canadians will be there. I think it may be nice to have the support of other people going through the same thing as us. Plus, I may have questions in the middle of the night. Such as, "How do I heat up his bottle" or "What do I do if he won't stop screaming?"
We're also hoping to be able to connect with our sponsor child so I have been filling out paperwork to be able to arrange a visit. It's really short notice so they can't guarantee anything, but I'm hoping something can work out. We've been writing letters throughout the past year and a half and it would be so cool to meet him!
My head still feels like it is spinning. Partly from the wretched yellow fever vaccine that has left me feeling horrible the past few days, and partly from stress and excitement. I officially feel like I have checked out at work. People ask me questions, I hear them, but I can't quite seem to care enough to properly answer. Good thing Friday is my last day.
Anyways, I will leave you with what you all are hoping for..... more pictures of Moses right???
We got his update on Tuesday and our little boy has only gained one pound since the December update. He now weighs 13 pounds 9 ounces. My caseworker gave me these words:
"I was able to see Samuel and he is a precious little boy. He is very content and happy with lots of smiles. I gave him a few hugs from you and our update representative was able to get some pictures for your update coming out next week. I am certain Samuel will give you much joy and happiness when you are able to finally bring him home."
Still no photos of him smiling but it looks like he may be trying to say something. We asked my niece what Mosey was saying and she told us: Da Da.