I am re-packing the suitcases again, eliminating some things and adding others. Maya has the most clothes out of everyone. I want to get as much use out of the smaller clothes while they still fit. By the looks of things, it's going to be HOT in both Nanchang and Beijing. Thank goodness we don't have to worry about packing heavy winter clothes! (I can take more clothes because of this.) We're only taking a couple of pairs of shoes for Maya as we can buy those there. Apparently squeaky shoes are very popular, and cheap.
We don't have our itinerary yet, but the flights are booked. Yayyyy!!! We fly out of Winnipeg next Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. and will arrive in China on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. We return to Winnipeg on June 12 at 6:30 p.m. and will spend the night at my parents'. China's days and nights are the opposite of our's, since they are 13 hours ahead of us. It may take awhile once we return home for all of our bodies to adjust. Maya is going to go through many, many changes in her life over the next few weeks. This can be extremely hard on children and we will try to make these transitions as easy for her as we can. Baby steps. It breaks my heart to read about some of the emotional experiences that families go through during the adjustment period, especially during and soon after 'Gotcha/Forever Family Day'. Hopefully we will all make adjustments quickly. We need to remember that everything we have gone through and will be going through, is definitely WORTH IT!!!
Eight days until we fly to Beijing!!! We can't wait!