The travel thing seems to be working itself out, and it looks like the court order (necessary for the bc, so why it's later we don't know) will come in time. I'm excited, nervous, overwhelmed, emotional, and I'm not the one traveling!
I've packed outfits in a range of sizes in individual gallon storage bags. That way, when he finds out how big she is (we don't have an updated weight!) he can pull out a bag that has pants, a shirt, and socks all together. Obsessive? Probably. But I want to make it easier for dh, and I don't want the nannies to be panicked that we don't know how to parent.
We hear the nannies keep the babies very bundled. This wouldn't be a problem for me. I always put ds in five layers before a walk and dh would strip those layers off the poor baby as we walked. But I had to insist on one more layer than dh would wear. I. is much older, obviously, than ds was when he came home, and it's temperate in Ethiopia, so this will be a challenge for dh.
So I hope my plan works. It'll also help him figure out which things to leave at either the care center or AHOPE. I'd heard that our children's clothes get mixed in with the children there, so anything we desperately love or gifts from special people should stay at home. And since we didn't know size anyway (at referral she was just 16 lbs but these cheeks suggest otherwise now) I just bought onesies and pants that I don't mind never seeing again. Same for shoes - we bought 4 4.5, 5 and 6 and will just leave whatever doesn't fit her.
As for blankets, I'm having the hardest time deciding which to send. I don't know why I've made that matter so much. I do know she needs a couple to cover her head when she's in the carrier on the way to the embassy - infants in Ethiopia aren't to be out in public before one and shouldn't be seen after that. Things are very different here, where six weeks is even less and less the norm.
For dh, we're packing as little as possible. Oh he used to make fun of my favorite childhood pants - the ones that zipped off just below the knee to become shorts - but guess what? Now he'll have two pair. His are even cooler. He can wash them in the sink in the evening, and they'll be dry by the next morning. He can get bottled water there, though it comes in two liters, so he'll have to take some small bottles, and I'm packing kool-aid singles and iced tea mixes to add to it. We hear soda is possible, but that this is easier.
What am I forgetting?!