Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Expecting the Unexpected!

I have three beautiful, wonderful children. An almost five year old son, a one year old daughter and a five month old daughter. I love them more than words can say. As I write this my one year old daughter is asleep on my bed next to me, my five year old son is attending his second day of kindergarten and my five month old daughter is being held and fed by someone I have never met. What?!?! How can that be?

My five-month old daughter is being cared for by someone else - someone I do not know - because she is waiting for us to come get her in Ethiopia. We are currently in the process of adopting her.

This process has been long and we’ve experienced many unexpected delays. Several twists and turns have left us unsure of what will happen at any moment. We cannot be certain when exactly our youngest daughter will ready to come home, to us. This leaves us in a difficult position when determining what size she’ll be when she finally arrives!

I suppose we could wait until we have travel dates to get any clothes or diapers for her - but the truth is having things for her helps. Since we do have a daughter who is not that much older than our youngest we have been able to fill her closet and drawers with clothes her sister has outgrown. I’m hopeful the general size difference between them will allow the seasons to work out well.

What about the diapers? Obviously I cannot buy smalls as she has already likely outgrown size small. However, what if the medium size is just too big, or even too small? What to do?

I’ve opted to go ahead and start building a nice stash of one size diapers for her. So far, her stash consists of 15 bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket diapers, 3 bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diapers and 3 Smartipants diapers. This way I have diapers I can use when she arrives, regardless of her size!

Her stash is not yet complete... I’d like to add 2 Gro Baby shells and 6 soakers (since I have time I am waiting for the new patterns to come out). Additionally, for overnight use I plan to add 4 Kiwi Pie fitted diapers to the mix too.

By opting for one size diapers and getting a little of everything I prefer - I will have a decent stash ready and waiting just for her. We can’t wait to go to Ethiopia and pick her up - and YES, we plan to use cloth diapers while we are there!

-- By E.C.

22 comments:

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

Your stash is beautiful! I am jealous of all those bright new diapers! :)

I have friends who are also adopting from Ethiopia.. I know the wait can be hard! Your little one is going to love having these diapers!

Attila & Tamara said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family and safe trip to Ethiopia! God bless you!

Amanda said...

That's wonderful that you are giving this little girl a loving, caring home. I hope everything works out smoothly and quickly for you & your family from this point forward.

Amanda G.

Anonymous said...

My wishes are with you....
Please keep us updated...
Hope for the best:)

Katrina said...

What an incredible journey you are on right now. Hope you're holding your little girl in your arms and changing her fluff really soon! Looks like you've got a great stash for her - if you haven't used smartipants before, you're going to love them!

luke and pamela said...

wow, congratulations!

dannyscotland said...

What a wonderful and exciting time for you. I know that, whatever size she is when you meet her, it will work out. Best wishes to you!

Lil Mouse said...

Argh. I didn't want to cry today. I'm so happy for you and the baby.

Megan said...

Congrats on the adoption. I hope everything works out great for you. One-size diapers seem like a great option. My son was in 6-9 mo. clothes at 6 weeks because he just grew so fast. I would've wasted a lot of money if I had bought smalls.

Mandi said...

Congrats on your new daughter!! I'm a huge fan of one size diapers myself. In fact, almost our entire diaper stash consists of one size diapers along with our newborn size diapers since my babies tend to be small.
I am really looking forward to the grobaby prints, they are all absolutely adorable, I wonder when they will be in stock?

Tamara said...

That's so awesome! I've always wanted to adopt from another country. Good for you!!!

Ryan, Corrie, and Max said...

So either you're another blogger I know from your blog, or your story is insanely the same as this other blogger I know!!

Anyway, awesome stash!!!

Big Mama said...

I wish I had your stash! hehehe.. but what a warm story. I can feel your love for your daughter already.... you are such a good mom

rebecca said...

This was a sweet post. I appreciated it and loved seeing all those diapers lined up and waiting for your baby girl. :)

mummasinJH said...

How cute! Congratulations on your new little girl! Hope it all goes well! I have four brothers who are adopted and it is such a joy!

Heather said...

congratulations and good luck! and i can't wait to hear about your cloth diapering adventures in ethiopia! i wonder if she's already in cloth diapers there now - do you know?

Yara said...

that is so sweet. I hope your baby comes home soon. And she is lucky to have a wonderful, loving family already prepared for the day she comes home.

you're making me want to try a bum genius aio... but I try not to buy diapers (I try to find time to make my own)

Hannah said...

That is so cool! Congratulations and I hope your daughter can come home safely soon!

the monkey's mama said...

so happy to read about UpstateMomof3! Love that girl!

Mama Campbell said...

Love reading about your story! And so excited for you to get little sister!!! :o)

anastasiadenton said...

AWE, beauty of a story to boot! We LOVE one sized dipes in our house. They still fit GREAT on our chubby legged 2 yr old when she's outgrown (just the leg portion)of every other dipe in our house! Some of the one-size companies even have extenders which makes them even MORE awesome!

I have had a preemie & a 10 lb. newborn come home amongst my children. you NEVER know what size they will be when they arrive, no matter HOW they get home! We love prefolds for the teenies & one size for the rest of the stages! awesome what they've come out with in my 12 years of parenting!

OH & keep us posted on this new "baby" we're all waiting for the BIG news!

Mindy said...

Any updates? Where does this stand? How exciting. Blessings on your new little miracle!