60 Day Celebration

Monday morning, 09h00, 15th February 2010 – our final adoption order should, God willing, go through. Lord, when I think about it, I get so nervous I want to vomit, sh*t my pants and faint all at the same time. Our social workers have told me to trust them, that we have nothing to worry about, but still…. just knowing…. its unbearable, I can’t wait to have this phase over with. I can’t wait to start our lives as a family of 3 and not have that to think about.

W and I have been wanting to do something to celebrate the momentous occasion, the time when we officially become a family of three. We thought about doing a small celebration with family and friends but then decided against it and instead have booked ourselves a week long trip to Cape Town, back to where it all started. So next Tuesday morning, I will hop on a plane with a baby strapped to my chest and head on back to my hometown for a week long celebration with my family and old friends. W will fly up on the Friday and we’ll have a long weekend in Cape Town before heading back the following Tuesday.

I have mixed emotions about the trip. I’m super excited and dreading it all at the same time.  I’m excited for the change of scenery and for spending time with my family but, travelling with a baby is a logistical nightmare. I have already begun writing the lists of things I need to take. Every detail of everyday needs to be thoughtfully planned for. From bottle sterilizers to camp cots to medications to formula, down to nappies. Even something as simple as giving Ava a bath needs to be planned.

So I’ll probably have to travel with about 2 large suitcases (half of one for me, the rest for her) then I also need to pack the pram and car seat as well as the camp cot. Thank heavens my parents will be in Jo’burg this weekend and are on the same flight as me back to Cape Town so I’ll have some assistance, I can’t imagine having to lug all that stuff around the airport and then still care for a baby!

Please can I ask that everyone pray for us, for this last week, that everything goes smoothly and that we can put our 60 days behind us and start our lives together without this fat elephant sitting on our heads.

24 Comments

  • Marina

    February 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Hi Sharon. I’ll be thinking about you and praying that all goes smoothly! Roll on 15th Feb!!!

    Good luck with the travelling. When Claudio was just over 2 months old, we went away up the West Coast for a couple of days and it felt like we took the whole house with us. Our car {Mercedes Vito, so a big car} was packed to the roof, so I know how you feel.

    All the best
    Marina
    xxx

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  • Tracey

    February 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

    50c worth of assvice.

    Just remember CPT has shops too. Try avoid lugging everything with you when you can buy medicines, nappies etc in CPT. Give your mom a list of those things and then she can pick them up before you arrive.

    If you have a travel system, don’t take and extra car seat, book your travel system inas hand luggage and it will be waiting at the bottom of the stairs as you disembark.

    Take a dummy for take off, or try hold her feed for take off and landing.

    Most of all try not freak out, she is going to feed off your emotional and be a bundle of nerves herself.

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  • Katherine

    February 8, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Haven’t stopped praying since Ava arrived. This time next week it’ll all be over and just think how quickly the last 50 something days have passed. Get your mom to buy the nappies, wipes and formula in CT so you don’t have to lug it with you and can’t she borrow baby baths/seats from friends or neighbours? My mom also bought a good 2nd hand campcot, stroller and car seat for herself.

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  • lorraine

    February 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hi Sharon

    This is the first time I am making contact. Firstly I would like to congratulate you and your husband on your adoption of your beautiful Ava. I have all the confidence that all will go well for the 15th of Feb. I would love to chat to you (email), as our stories are similar on certain levels. I am not sure how this works as I would like to email you directly so that it remains private.

    Hope you do not find me to be forward.

    If this is suitable please reply.

    Lorraine

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  • Abs

    February 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

    It will all be fine Shaz. I have no doubt! Busy yourself with planning the celebrations and Tuesday 16th will be here before you know it! xxxx

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  • Nicola

    February 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I am thinking of you, I am sure it will all go smoothly! Having done the travel with baby thing, all the way to London, with all the things you mentioned, it nearly killed me. You can hire baby gear! Their stuff is all pretty new and well looked after! Take your own linen and mattress protectors if you are worried, but honestly, they provide everything. Car seats, prams, camp cots, monitors, sterilisers etc! They meet you at the airport! It really takes the hassle out of lugging it all around, and worrying if the baggage handlers may damage any of it!

    Good luck!

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  • SCY

    February 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

    God did not give you this miracle to take it away now (altho I can understand the fear you feel due to past history) – all will be just fine my friend. Praying for peace in your heart these last few days and for a wonderful celebration week in Cape Town.

    xxx

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  • Trish

    February 8, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I’m sure this week will be stressful for you as the important day looms near so I will pray and cross everything that all goes according to plan. Keep strong, focus on your noo noo and I am watching out for the good news on Monday!

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  • Yvonne

    February 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Oh wow Shaz, 1 week to go!!! Thinking of you, I’ll be so grateful along with you once this waiting period is over!!! 🙂

    We’re also off to CT for (almost a) week on Tuesday, will stop you and say hi if I happen to bump into you and Ava, lol.

    Am counting the days with you, and hope they go nice and fast!! As for the packing – it’s a challenge but luckily there are shops too so whatever you forget can be stocked up on on the other side.

    xx

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  • Kristin

    February 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Praying for you hard this week.

    As for your trip to Cape Town, traveling with a baby is a whole new experience. It is fun and wonderful and a huge hassle at the same time.

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  • Elana Kahn

    February 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I can’t believe that A-Day is coming up so quickly! I am so excited for you!!! Travelling with babies is hell, unfortunately. We needed to get really tricky on our trip to DC so we wouldn’t have to pay extra for more suitcases. Blech!

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  • jan

    February 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    oh wow just a few more days – and Im sure if your SW says its fine it will be fine, and soon you will be breathing easier!What about celebrating with a special memento http://www.littlefingerprints.co.za/ these people do a fingerprint on silver so you could have Avas done with the date of 15th;). Have a great trip to Cape town travelling with babies -just crazy really the amount of packing one has to do!! Should have seen us on our way to NZ!!

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  • Stacey

    February 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Sharon, I am hoping and praying that these 7 days will fly past! I am so excited about your big day and happy to hear of your plans to spend a week back at home with family. Hoping the trip will go by with as much ease as possible!

    As always, thanks for your great comments on my blog & thanks for being such a great bloggy pal! 🙂

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  • Chopper1

    February 9, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Oh Sharon – I’ve not stopped praying about this! As an outsider, I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone – although you may not be able to say the same ;-).
    Have a safe trip over here! I’ll put in a special request for some lovely weather for you too! xx

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  • Jahni

    February 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hi! Can’t even begin to imagine what you must be going through w.r.t. the 60 day period. Just know you have loads and loads of people praying for you.
    As for the travelling issue: Have you looked at http://www.babylite.co.za? We are hiring all of miss N’s stuff, just taking her stroller. Their service is really good!

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  • SA

    February 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Hi Sharon,

    A huge good luck for the last few days but I’m so confident all will be well. This has been an amazing journey. My thoughts are also with the BM. I dont want to pry but you havent mentioned much about the BM, but is the adoption open and have you maintained contact with her? Lol, ignore if too personal!! 🙂

    Enjoy your trip and thinking of you all!

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