We received our Pre Approval for Xiao Hua on the 21st of December! How delighted I was to have this small acknowledgment from China that we are expected to come for Xiao Hua. More good news is that friends of ours have been approved to adopt Zhen Zhen who is also in our daughters orphanage and another couple who are friends of ours have petitioned to adopt our daughters best buddy Tian Tian. Oh, how precious it will be to have these three red thread sisters close to each other. How fortunate indeed! God is amazing in his plans...
We also sent little Paisley another care package. We even had Christmas gifts for her here which she will no doubt enjoy when she gets home.
Xiao Hua's 2nd care package wrapped carefully and prayerfully with love
Travel sacks, great for carry on. You can see through them so security is less likely to rummage through your stuff. Also available in different sizes.
Paisley Luggage... ;)
You always bring too much on your first trip and although we did rather well there are some things we wish we would have brought and several things we didn't need. Here is a packing list for our next trip- around the end of February.
Items I am glad I brought:diapers (yes you can get them in China but I was the lucky one who didn't have to mess with finding them when we got there plus I had good quality diapers :). I tucked them into every pouch and pocket in the luggage so it didn't really take up too much room. tongs, thermos (a must if you are adopting a baby and will have bottles), plastic container (for washing and rinsing bottles- this item didn't take any extra room because I stuffed it full of other items), mailing tube (for art work- again stuff it full of other items)
Items I didn't bring but needed: Senekot! (babies and children can become constipated or develop diarrhea from the transitional stress. Luckily a nice couple had some chocolate flavored senekot which they shared. We added it to our daughter's milk. More Flu/cold medication ( I caught a terrible bug and didn't have enough- luckily another family blessed me), a baby carrier - do not buy one there! We did and our daughter almost fell out of it. They are not safe like the ones here.
Here is a sample of my packing list:
pepto bismol tablets and 1 small -liquid - took one after each meal.
Tamiflu (depending on season)
any prescription meds
adult antibiotic such as Cipro - so glad we had it- on our second trip we all had a stomach bug.
children's antibiotic - powder
Adult cold/flu med.
children's cold meds
senokot baby -constipation
powdered electrolyte packs
saline nasal spray
jet lag med.
small first aid kit
anti itch cream
lice & scabies (Elimite)prescription
batteries & charger
cards- Nikon & video camera
DVD's and portabel player if bringing other children!
lap top & cords
CD-R's for media
x-ray bag- for media cards
soft music CD- nice to have for baby and you. I got tired of Peking opera...
MISC - Many of these items are small and do not take a lot of space.
pack it cubes and sacks -great for organization!
fold up travel nylon bag
zip bags 1 lar., 1 sm., 1 gal./w.o box - great for everything from dirty diapers, a bit of dirt to take home , Cheerios
antibacterial solution w/1 holder - hooks on backpack
bright luggage strap- you can locate your luggage quickly and easily.
paper clips/pens/rub.bands, folder for documents -glad I had.
travel journal- ink pad. for foot and hand prints in China...so precious
contacts/ glasses/ reading glasses
contact eye drops
flashlight small (very handy)
ear plugs - didn't really need
large bowl (to wash/rinse bottles!)
tiny dish liquid (for bottles)
calculator - unless your a math genius
small packs of tissue- you will thank me, you will thank me, you will thank me.
tissue w/lotion out of box
travel raincoat- disposable - so glad we brought!
plastic measure shaker container (mixing formula)
tongs- a must for bottles & nipples
packet of disposable toothbrushes- Although the plane and hotels supplied them..I was so glad to have these to use.
pillow cases - very nice to have
fax/phones#'s for doctors/med.insurance.
Travel Insurance-Travel guard - very inexpensive and worth the peace of mind.
laundry sink paks- glad I brought - some hotels there offer these.
crackers/snacks/comfort food - I personally didn't need
tiny coffee packets/ hot cocoa packs. - glad I brought part of my comfort food :)
travel size-soap/shampoo/cond/tooth - the hotels provide these but I used mine also.
small plastic cups- I didn't really trust the glasses in the room
luggage locks and tags (inside and outside of luggage.)
thermos - a must!!
zinc oxide diaper rash ointment
small plastic spoons
baby liquid bath/shampoo
coat / sweater depending on travel..
baby anti itch cream
small board books
Cheerios - a necessity :)
ambesol - also good for bites or stings and boo boos :)
hat winter /mittens
bottles/nipples - I brought regular ones - the number depends on the age of child. Most children there do not use tippy's so don't bring them.
4 sweaters /4 shirts
pack of disposable baby washcloths - nice and takes little to no room
diapers - 80 pack thin
baby nail clipper
coat / fleece jacket
small tube of vaseline
Gifts- for ayis, director, foster family, civil affairs office
red bags for gifts and red envelopes for monetary gifts
List of questions for CWI ayis & director. You will forget everything when thast precious little one is placed in your arms.
This really depends on you and the season you travel. Laundry service is readily available and inexpensive in most cases. Four days worth is fine. I brought 1 pair of shoes. Bring a pair of sandals or slippers. The hotel may provide them but not in all areas.
This time - one large to check, one carry-on, back pack, shoulder strap carrier (very small for $, tickets etc..) As a woman you can usually carry on one bag, a purse, and diaper bag. As little and as light as possible is the best rule. I did make sure we had one day supply for adults and children in case our luggage was lost. Also carry all your paperwork (of course). I halso have a couple of the travel cubes (picture above). These come in different sizes.
A large duffel to put your clothes in on the return trip - put your souvenirs in your firmer luggage. I picked one up both times for about 8.00.
Leave medicines, stroller and anything else you don't need at Jennifer's Place.
We recently finished up a Christmas CD to help raise travel funds. How blessed and humbled with were with the generous gifts we received the first day we offered it. I am working to get them out as soon as we received requests. Even though we have a long way to go the generosity shown was such an encouragement. I can't help but wonder how many people don't even contemplate adoption because of finances. I pray hope springs forth from our own efforts to encourage those who may consider adoption but uncertain-- even fearful of financial constraints. Where there is a will there's a way...