Well as you can imagine, things have been SUPER busy over the past couple of days. Between getting myself organized, packed, V packed, cleaning the house, preparing the house, running around to the bank, to the Dr, to the store…. Oh and did I mention I still have to drive to Sacramento to get the last 3 documents apostilled tomorrow morning! YIKES. But I pretty much am enjoying all of it, less the upcoming 2.5 drive to Sac. I didn’t have a chance to get the carpets cleaned before I left, but my mom or my sister will coordinate it prior to my arrival home, as well as a quick house cleaning 🙂
Yesterday I had quite the surprise. As I mentioned my shower was scheduled for the 24th and was cancelled since I am leaving on the 21st. My sister and two girlfriends planned a little BBQ. Since they live in my sisters neighborhood, I would head that direction and we would BBQ my favorites and sit, drink margaritas and let the kids run wild. Well, to my surprise, my sister was able to coordinate a SURPRISE shower. OMG.. I WAS FLOORED! No idea at all. She convinced me to get dressed since it was going to be my only party and we would post pics on FB and have them forever. So, I agreed. I would hate to look a hot mess on FB! hahah But anyway, I walked in and there were like I don’t know 30 people. People that came from LONG ways to see me. I am crying again just thinking about it. I was so surprised and so grateful that they would drop their plans, and do this for me. AMAZING. What wonderful friends and family I have. I always knew they were something special.
So, the party was great. My sister did an amazing job cooking everything. There was grilled chicken pesto slider, spaghetti and home made sauce, ravioli, salad, appetizers.. THE WORKS. I don’t know how she did it. All this while 8 months pregnant. I visit with the guests and then it was time for games and presents. I can’t even believe the gifts. So much. I am SOO lucky and SOOO grateful. I gave a little speech to thank everyone after the gifts and I cried again. Pretty sure I made everyone cry….. hahahah
I spent most of last night up looking at everything, reading the cards and crying some more. Like crying so much that I woke up with puffy eyes and a headache. I was and am just overwhelmed. It’s hard to believe that in two days I leave to make the final leg of this very long journey.
So the packing.. wow, lots of stuff and I will not be able to use my little luggage that I used on my first trip. No way. I am borrowing my sisters large luggage. Half for me and half for V. Luckily my entertainments is an Ipad and takes up hardly any space.
OK Question Time!
1. Did you give your translators a thank you gift?
2. What are some good snack foods/drinks for the plane that will not make a tummy that is not used to this food upset?
3. I know baths can be hard but what about brushing of teeth? I don’t think I have ever read anyone say whether this was a challenge or not. I am assuming yes and any tips on this would be appreciated.
4. Introduction of toys at home. Best way to do this without over stimulating? Or is this not an issue and I’m just being silly?
5. Any other tips/advice/suggestions???