Okay, so now that I got the not-so-fun stuff out of the way (#4) let's move on to REALLY fun stuff!
First, someone donated $1000 to our adoption fund!!!!! This means that, with February's savings we have what we will need to travel for Bright!! It feels so good not to have to worry about the finances anymore! This family just blessed our socks off! Yea God!!!!
I had a great time with my mom, sister, and aunt this weekend shopping for Bright! Since this is our 3rd child we've gotten past the need/want for ALL of the greatest/latest stuff out there for baby. In fact, since Bright is already a toddler we aren't even messing with putting the crib up (and buying all of the expensive bedding that would go with that). He already has a twin bed set up in "the boys'" room and he'll be cosleeping with us as much as possible for at least the first 6 months home.
In comes super-grandma to the rescue! My mom loaned us her port-a-crib (previously used for grandkids) and gave us a walker she had. I don't use strollers (I'm a baby-wearer) so no need for that expense. We thought about a play yard but I think we'll buy one second-hand if we decide we really need it. I'm just kind of over all of the "stuff" that people think babies need! LOL!
We've set up the port-a-crib in our bedroom and made it look as cute as one of those things can look! LOL! We bought Amy Coe "Peanut" stuff to put on it and I love it. It feels great...has got that African flair (with the elephants) and is one of my favorite color combos (green and brown).
We also bought Bright most of the clothes he will wear when we got to pick him up (summer stuff) and some toys I will take with us when we travel. So fun! I didn't buy spring stuff for here in OK just in case he is delayed in coming home longer than I think he will be.
This sounds boring, but just my mom and I went to Wal-Mart to do a thorough walk-through of everything we might need for Bright when we travel. You know...sippy cups and bottles and little bowls and spoons...checking out diaper size...oh! And we bought his car seat! My mom is as much of a planner as I am so it's really fun to talk about the trip. =-)
Hmmm....what else? Oh! I finally found the red, yellow and green yarn I need to make Bright's Ghana hat. Will be interesting to see how that turns out! And yesterday when I went to go get the yarn I stumbled on these too cute letters that I decorated with stars (you know..since he's Bright!). I will hang them over the headboard of his twin bed. Samren got some letters too (with frogs since that's his thing).
Thanks for all of the continued congrats for Bright, and for the supportive comments on our decision to stop focusing on kiddo #4 for now. It really touches my heart. =-)