I'm a worrier. It's sort of my thing. So, you can understand how in a situation like this I might find a few hundred a couple of things to worry about.
Here's a very partial list...
- Measles. Vietnam is currently having a huge measles outbreak, centred in exactly the place where baby girl is waiting for us. We're all vaccinated, but those vaccines don't always take, so one or all of us could get sick. Baby girl is unlikely to have been vaccinated and I'm very worried about her catching it either before we get there or once we take her out of the orphanage - measles is airborn and very easy to catch. If baby girl catches measles while we're there, besides being very dangerous and scary, our trip home could be very delayed as she wouldn't be able to travel.
- The stroller. We NEED a stroller this trip and we bought a super light, sit and stand stroller-and-a-half that is touted as being awesome for airports. We will have our layover in Tokyo from about 10 pm our time to about 1 am. Adeline will likely either be sleeping or crying during this time and I'm really hoping for laid out in the stroller snoozing, wrapped in her special blanket and hugging Elephant. On the way back we will have TWO possible criers and an even longer layover. Our stroller is a couple of inches too wide to fit in Air Canada's stupid gate-check stroller policy. If they give us a hassle it will either be: stowed as baggage making it unavailable to us in the airports and likely broken on arrival or it will be left behind. We need that stroller! I may have to make a scene or cry or demand that they can take my stroller only after they weigh each and every other passengers carry-ons, because we all KNOW that some of those people are carrying WAY over the limit.
- We haven't even flown Air Canada yet, and it already sucks. Cathay was a great airline and EVA was fine, but I don't have a good feeling about Air Canada AT ALL. Every other flight had enormous (like 18 hour) layovers and because baby girl will be on a temporary passport we can't leave the airport, so it was Air Canada or wandering the Hong Kong airport for what I'm sure would feel like an eternity. Even their in-flight entertainment is lousy.
- Visas. We got our visas. Well, two of us did. Adeline was given a "Visa Exemption" which comes in a very official little book from the Embassy. I guess it's because Adeline has retained her Viet citizenship and holds it along with her Canadian citizenship. I'm sure the Embassy knows what they're doing...but I still have to worry.
- 17+ hours in planes with Adeline and a total of about 24 hours of travel... She is a BUSY, LOUD girl ... so all that sitting? Yikes. She also doesn't cope well with being tired...or strange bathrooms... At least she can always find something she likes to eat, and she doesn't get motion sickness.
- Losing Elephant. There would be SO! MUCH! CRYING!
- The electrician. The baby's room is coming together (yay David!) and we've got an electrician coming on Monday. Our house is one hundred and ten years old, so every time someone does stuff in a previously un-renovated room I worry that there will be the discovery of a huge and expensive problem. Hopefully he will just put in a baseboard heater and ceiling fixture with dimmer switch and say everything else is good...but...
- Money. The plane tickets were way more than I had hoped, but that's what happens when you have to book so last minute. And everywhere we turn we seem to be paying a few hundred or thousand dollars for something. It's just all adding up so fast. Not the adoption fees - those have been paid for awhile, it's just all the travel and getting-ready-for-baby stuff that we just didn't think would add up to this much.
- Forgetting something important. Like paperwork. You can buy just about everything in Vietnam, but to forget the paperwork? Yikes.
- Sleeping. I'm four years older than the last time I did this, which seems like A LOT, and this time I'm the Mother of an exuberant and sometimes challenging four year old . If baby girl isn't a sleeper, I don't know how I'll cope.
Oh yes, I could go on and on, but those are the big ones for me right now.
I don't know if sharing helped unburden me or just made my worries seem more real...