We're going to Guatemala to meet Our Little Pea!! We will be in Guatemala 8/14/07 - 8/21/07 and staying at the Marriott in Guatemala City. Once we arrive, the in-country coordinator for our agency and the foster mom will bring Eli to us at the hotel. He will then stay with us for the duration of the visit. WOOHOO!!! We're so excited!! We're also a little nervous as we will be meeting our boy for the first time in a hotel, in a foreign country. We can't believe they are actually going to leave us alone with Eli. Don't they know we are first time parents and have no idea what we are doing? HA!! No convenient calls to mom for help!! But, lots of adoptive families stay at the Marriott so we won't be completely alone. In fact, there will be at least 2 or 3 other families from our agency staying there at the same time. We hope to do some sight seeing in Guatemala City and plan to take a day trip to Antigua. Most of our time, however, will be spent bonding with Eli. We are already trying to gather "stuff" for our trip. We are quickly learning how much babies require! Thank goodness for garage sales! Eli is going to have his own suitcase. Most of the things we take down (clothes, toys, bouncy seat, etc.) we will leave with Eli's foster mom. That leaves an empty suitcase to fill with souvenirs!
Wow. I can't believe we are going to meet our son. Are we ready for this??!!!
Do not wait! The time will never be 'just right.'
Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have
at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.