Friday, July 18, 2008

Lists, Lists, and lists of lists

I am a list maker. I love lists. I love checking things off of lists. I am a nerd extrodinaire when it comes to lists. Right now I am in list overdrive. I am even dreaming of lists. I wake up at night and run down mental lists, checking and re-checking that I am on track. So here is a partial rundown of the current adoption-related, pick-up trip is soon list. (Note, some of it is not actually adoption related but are things I feel I need to get done before my time is devoted to bonding with Ahren)

1) Get paperwork in order
I-864 form - filled out and copied
last 2 federal tax returns, copied
notarized statement from Chris granting me all say-so in Guat
2) Clothes, shoes, socks for Ahren (in 2 sizes or adjustable) DONE
3) diapers, wipes, disposeable bibs, sippy cups, toothbrush, shampoo etc DONE
4) toddler medicines for fever, colds, lice, scabies, rashes, diahrrea, etc DONE
5) get money exchanged to quetzalas DONE
6) Make list of needed phone numbers and e-mail adresses to have with me
7) Get oil changed in van DONE
8) Get puppy spayed (appt is made)
9) Pack toys to entertain a toddler in a hotel room for several days DONE
10) Dentist appointments for the girls (scheduled)
11) Pick up Ashley's new glasses and contacts (scheduled)
12) Buy and pack lots of toddler friendly snacks DONE
13) Stock up on special dog food for Jackson DONE (how long does 70 lbs last for a 110 lb dog?)
14) Make pediatrician appt for right after we get home
15) Make travel plans, book hotel and flights
16) get prescriptions all re-filled (for me, Chris and the dog)
17) finish Thank You notes from Levi's party (ugh, this one is going to kill me)
18) send donated money to Lost and Found DONE
19) Buy new outfits for PBJ to take to her DONE
20) Clean out desk at work (hopeless....)
21) train others to fill in for me while I am gone
22) Buy and install new carseat DONE
23) Get Katie ready for her mission trip with the church
24) Get Katie to the DMV to fix her messed up permit

There are a million and one other little details that I am obsessing over. That's OK, it is keeping me busy and that is a good thing. If I survive it in one piece.....


The Weinantz Family said...


I am in about the same place in my adoption as you are. My husband is not able to go with me on the pick up trip. Is there a special form that he needs to fill out and have notorized? I am so excited!
thanks for any help you can give me.


Wendy said...


I was told that I just need a signed and notarized letter stating he couldn't make the trip and he gives me all legal power to complete everything necessary for the adoption. Kind of a hubby POA if you will. They also told me I needed to bring the filled out I-864 Affidavit of Support form.

Let me know when you will be traveling and maybe we will see each other there!

Susan said...

I'm so excited for you!

I'm a list-maker,too, and I was in overdrive the last couple of months before our China trip, what with work duties, household stuff, personal items, preparing for first-time motherhood and getting ready to leave the country for two weeks. I got it all done, though!

Just in case you want an idea for something else to do, I made a list of things that couldn't be done until we got back and put it in a folder with documents I'd need. For example, I had the name and phone number of the person to call to add our daughter to our health insurance. I also had the forms and instructions for getting her social security card (it was the end of the year and we needed it before we did our taxes). When we came home and everything was in an uproar, I was able to do those tasks quickly and easily by opening my folder and finding everything I needed (until I lost the folder in a stack of . . . something . . . )

I know, I'm insane. I even had addressed and stamped the envelopes for her adoption announcements in advance of our trip. I miss the days when I was so organized and meticulous . . . But you're a mother already, so I'm sure you remember the "baby brain" -- trust me, you get it when you adopt a toddler, too!

Best of luck!

Farrah and Jed said...

I'm sorry but I am dying laughing at the lenth of a list you have made, HOLY WOW...

You go girl he will be home before you know it!!!

dana said...

Gee, where did you get that extensive list making ability... I know there is a gene for it and I know where we got it!! I am getting so excited that I am making lists for you!! HA!!
Love you!!

Candy said...

Oh girl PLEASE just give me on of those Ahren CURLS on a SILVER PLATTER...really I could just eat those CURLS up...I can't wait to meet the little MAN in person...I am going to be down there over LABOR day...HUGS

Kimberly said...

Oh Wendy, I'm so glad you posted these photos of Ahren and PBJ. They are both adorable, but seeing PBJ blowing kisses and working to stand just makes my heart want to burst. She is doing so well!!!