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.....
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.
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