There is a downside when you put off things because you don’t “want to jinx it”, eventually all those tucked-away tasks need to be done.
Usually all in the same day.
Task #1: Add Jude to the insurance. This was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. A 2 page form, an e-mail directly from my adoption placing agency, and a promise to fax them a copy of the English-translated version of the adoption decree once we had it. So by late morning, it was all done.
Task #2: (Following Task #1). Scheduling Dr. appointments. I had to sort of guess when we would be travelling. It didn’t matter anyway. Everyone seems to be booking into July. I didn’t even get close to all of the ones done. This will be an ongoing project up until I leave.
Task #3: Order Jude’s preschool cirriculum. I did this late yesterday (see previous post about Oak Meadow’s sale that started Sunday). I chose the least expensive shipping option and noted that the processing time was 10-14 business days and shipping would be 2-3 days on top of that. They suprised the heck out of me and sent me an e-mail that they had finished proccessing the order and shipped it out today! Wow!
Task #4: Packing. I have a packing list for Jude that I had been working on. 3 people going over with 6 suitcases, 4 people coming back with 8. Coming back isn’t the issue. It is packing 4 people’s worth of items in the 6 suitcases on the way over (and the 2 empty ones). My parents have elected to take their 2 carry-ons and a checked bag between them and I will claim 2 checked bags and my carry on for Jude and my things (and the empty bags). I got most of Judes things packed amongst the 3 bags.
Task #5: (This one kinda came out of left field). Our homestudy agency told me today that we are being reassigned a new caseworker for our postplacement visits. This is as I was getting some final direction on how to proceed with Jude’s re-adoption once she is home. Maine is a large state and my current caseworker literally lives 1/2 the state away. Our new one lives closer.
Task #6: Actually test fit the Diono car seat in the Prius. I am glad I did this. I did a quick install a few months ago, but when looking closer tonight I realized that it really doesn’t work out super-awesome (although you could do it) behind the driver’s seat. So moved the car seat to the outboard side and installed it there. I am gonna drive wth it tomorrow to see if I can see in the mirror as well as I want when driving. This also lead to my realization that there is just no way in anything smaller than a Prius that this car seat would fit rear-facing. And pretty much everything we were chauffered around in Bulgaria was smaller than the Prius. So I am HOPING that since December Jude has gained at least 1 pound. Why? Well, she was 19 pounds in December and according to the makers of the car seat Jude technically can forward-face in it starting at 20lbs with the “safe-stop” strap. So I am going to risk it. Jude will have to forward-face in cars and airplanes until we hit our own minivan in Boston so I will leave the rear-face boot behind in the USA and forward-face her overseas. Not ideal, certainly, but it is better than nothing at all.
Task #7: Start transitioning team of Doctors and medical assistants to idea that there will be no nurse for 8 weeks. Step #1: Realize that won’t work and find nurse to fill in for 8 weeks (did that a few months ago), Step #2: Prep fill-in nurse (in progress).
And all of this is just random, tip-of-the iceberg items. I still have travel plans to make (once we have travel dates), Swingsets to erect, I have to officially notify my company of my maternity leave (but, again, need dates to do that), more doctor appointments to make, I think I’ll be making a trip to county probate court next week, My homestudy agency has some updated education requirements for me to get through, I need to pee/eat/shower at times…
Typical new parent stuff I’m told only we seem to be missing something. Oh that’s right! No Jude yet.
But soon, very soon…