Sunday, August 12, 2007

What to Expect the First Month Home

This was the title of the class I took at my agency today, facilitated by the social worker who did my homestudy. It was cool to see her again. It was the largest class attendance so far, with at least 50 people in one relatively small room. They even ran out of chairs.

There were three families with their little ones telling us their experiences. Some of the topics included:

Jet lag
Health issues for themselves and their child
Developmental issues of their child
Sleep issues
Getting into a routine
Choosing a pediatrician
The first doctor visit
...and more

Thanks to reading so many blogs, I didn't hear anything I haven't read several times over and I feel as prepared as anyone can possibly be ahead of time.

I get slammed with jet lag when travelling back from Asia but do pretty well from the U.S. to Asia. If Apple and I can get on the same time while in China, I hope that when we come home our jet lag matches so that we can sleep at the same time and be awake at the same time. I don't care what times that happens by the clock as long as we both manage to get some sleep. If it doesn't work out that way, I'm sure I'll have a reliable stream of babysitters willing to come over while I take a nap.

My biggest worry is that we are both healthy and whoever travels with me, most likely my sister, BZ, will be healthy for the entire trip.

After classes at my agency I have a little ritual. I go to lunch at Fresh Choice and all-you-can-eat healthy buffet, then walk through a great outdoor mall looking in all the baby stores. Today I bought a little onesie on sale at Gymboree for under $5 and three pairs of socks, also on sale. Usually I don't buy anything, just look. Then, I go to my favorite store, Bellini. It's very nice, upscale, and they know me there now, and are very nice, so I get greeted enthusiastically as a waiting mom, which feels great and is exciting.

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