Thursday, August 30, 2012

Consulate Appointment

We now officially have a consulate appointment!  We take the oath at the consulate in Guangzhou on September 26, and head home the 28th.  Which means we leave.....

September 14!

As in, 15 days from today.  Within a month, we will be home with our son.

Our To-Do list has changed considerably between a few days ago and now, from "Get cars tuned up and animals vetted early" to "Buy L some more underpants and book airline tickets".  And you know what?  That's perfectly fine by us.

This morning I have The Maternity Leave Conversation with my work, which is such a small organization that we don't qualify for FMLA.  I have one month off per the handbook, 2 weeks of which will be in China.  Putting my new child in full time childcare 2 weeks after coming to the US doesn't really work for me, and I think they understand that.  My bosses are very flexible and supportive, so we will see what happens there.  I think they will work with me--at least, I really hope so!

The best part of this timing?  We won't miss his third birthday.  We get to have him in our home, make his first cake, buy him presents and wrap them in Elmo gift paper, light three candles, and sing him a song.  And Cory becomes a father 24 hours before his 40th birthday. 

Pretty awesome.


  1. Wow again! This is happening so fast, after all the waiting. You have a lot to do, I'm sure. Have fun!

  2. Awesome! Can't wait to hear about your trip...

  3. Good luck with the Big Conversation today! So excited for you!

  4. Take a day off from blogs and so much happens! This is amazing news. Safe travels.

  5. Ahhhh!!! Yay!!!!! So happy for you guys!!

  6. Yes it is so freaking awesome! So happy with the timing of the 2 birthdays and how it is all working out. I know you will be so busy these next two weeks packing, preparing and just freaking out but do know there are a lot of people out here who are really really happy for you and your soon to be family of 3!!!

  7. Ahhhhh... This is what happens when I take a few days off from reading blogs!!! I'm so happy and excited for you. I hope your work conversation went well.

  8. So thrilled for you!!!! We are on your heels!!! I am glad your boss is willing to work with you... Your little one will need some time to adjust! He is the same age my daughter was when she came home! Congrats!