Archive for May, 2007

The Ending…The Beginning

It’s here.  There are no more weeks or months of waiting.  I’ll be flying to Kyrgyzstan on Saturday and I’ll be seeing our Isabel in a matter of days.  I can hardly believe I’m saying that! 

The last month has been quite a whirlwind of gathering final documents and visas, books to read, travel baby bath that folds (!) soft and comfy baby clothes, and finding room to put it all in the suitcase. 

I had told myself that I didn’t need a haircut or any new clothes for this trip but then today I had a little freakout and begged a haircut from my hairdresser.  This after buying a pair of travel pants.  To me, travel pants are a color that hides smudges, are not uncomfortable in any way, and if they are cute then all the better.  Apparantly it’s pretty warm in Bishkek this spring and so I’m trying to pack for that. 

M. is traveling with me and husband and Zannie are staying behind as they can’t miss any more work or school.  Zannie has never been away from me this long and I’m worried about how she’s going to fare after about day 3.  I’ve lined up a staggering string of play dates to keep her distracted.  At least I have Skype and can call home for next to nothing. 

I keep thinking about how I have been consumed with all things concerning Isabel and Kyrgyzstan since August of last year.  Now, our family is on the edge of beginning a new and exciting chapter. 

I’m excited to be making a personal connection with another family adopting from Bishkek.  The moderator of our Yahoo Kyrgyz adoption group will be there at the same time and so we are going to break naan together with her three boys, the newest of which is an 8 year-old boy who has the best smile I’ve ever seen.  You can check her blog out on my blogroll under LaJoy family blog. 

Plus, I have a very special delivery for a boy we fell in love with at Isabel’s orphanage.  Mala, who will be adopting this darling boy has made him a quilt and I’m going to bring it to him and tell him it’s from his new mama and that she’ll be there soon to give him lots of kisses.  She thoughtfully put it in a space bag and so it’s incredibly small and flat and will probably pop out of the bag like one of those fake can of peanuts that really has a springy, streamer thing in it.  Our little Kyrgyz adoption community is one I’m proud to be a part of.  We really take care of each other in many ways.  We help each other through the maze of paperwork and give recommendations on hotels and travel advice.  But, the most important things we do for each other are checking in on the kids when one of us is over there.  Michelle just took some pictures for other soon-to-be parents.  Shanny brought over something for Michelle…and on it goes.  It does my heart a world of good. 

I can’t believe it’s here.  It’s the end of the adoption, but a real beginning for us as a famly of four.  Isabel has already lost so much in her short life, and we can only hope that we are worthy of being her new family. 

So, off I go.  I will post from Bishkek. 


May 16, 2007 at 10:31 pm 19 comments

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May 11, 2007 at 2:42 pm 4 comments

Baby Bottles & My New Blog

baby-bottle.jpgLess than two weeks before I go back to get our girl!  In preperation of her arrival I found myself at Target, in the baby care section and going through everything with a fine-tooth comb.  I had this nagging worry as I was looking at the teething rings and other plastic things for babies.  “Aren’t there some concerns with plastics and baby bottles?”  It kept going through my head.  I hadn’t purchased bottles with Zannie and it was all unfamiliar territory.  So, I went home and googled my tush off.  The more I read, the more I needed to keep reading.  I tried finding a simple, easy to read list of products that are safe for babies and children.  It didn’t seem like a big thing to ask for, considering the concerns over PVC and other toxins in plastics have persisted.  So, since I couldn’t find a list, I decided that I had to blog about it.  So, go check out my other blog, Plastics?  It can be found at

I’m going to be writing about the products I find that are free of toxins that are shown to be linked to serious health issues.  I’m going to be writing about it as it unfolds and as I go to stores and see what is marked pvc-free.  Also, I very much want the blog to be for everyone and for others to contribute.  Guest blogging there will definitely happen.  So.  There it is.  I’m looking forward to receiving lots of your comments and input there. 

May 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm 18 comments

Topic: Diapers.Cloth.Discuss.


With reading several different posts in the past week regarding diapers, I thought I’d take a peek at the latest in cloth and more eco-friendly diapers.  I live in Northern California, in one of your more crunchy towns.  Alternative stuff is the norm.   I am definitely going to at least attempt the new, mod diapering.  I did go with disposable last time around only  because Zannie inherited my easily irritated, allergic skin and the disposables did a much better job keeping her dry.  Don’t e-mail me with your home remedies for diaper rash.  I have read everything on baby’s skin out there and I tried everything you could make at home, to everything you can buy.  There were days we would even just stay home and I’d not even put a diaper on her. 

So, this time around I’d like to give cloth diapers and/or diaper covers a try.  I surfed a bit on the web, looking at diaper sites.  I got that feeling I get when I’m talking to a computer geek. Everyone is using termonology like I understand it.  But I don’t.  I don’t understand the following:

pocket covers

diaper wraps

diaper liners

Chinese pre-folds

fitted cloth

wool soakers

All in one diapers

and other accessories

It’s a whole lexicon I need to familiarize myself with.  So, I’m just putting it out there – crunchy moms….tell me.  What do I need to know and what are your favorite alternative diapers?

May 1, 2007 at 7:34 pm 21 comments

At Risk Children In Kyrgyzstan


I read this article with a real sense of hope for the future of Kyrgyzstan.  This is just one more reason that I love UNICEF.  I believe these efforts will result in less families torn apart by poverty.  This is very much a step in the right direction.  Please take a minute to read about what progress has been made.

May 1, 2007 at 3:35 pm 1 comment

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