Three Airplanes

That’s what we keep telling Abby about our upcoming trip to Ohio – that we’ll take 3 airplanes and then we’ll see Nana and Papu waiting for us at the airport. She repeats it back and when I ask, she promises to sleep on the plane. Likely story.

We are inching closer and closer to our departure date and I’m feeling those familiar pangs of anxiety about a full day of travel. There’s no way around it, it’s not easy to travel to or from Tbilisi. I dream of a day in the future when there is a direct flight to the U.S. For now, we’ll leave our house at 2:30am and travel for about 26 hours to make it home. We have terrible luck when it comes to these long hauls (missed flights, lost strollers, canceled flights) so I’m preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

One of the most daunting things, besides packing for 3 months, is all the paperwork and procedures that go into having a baby while posted overseas. The State Department has this very useful Pregnancy Guide. It’s 37 pages long, with a ton of information and links to help you understand the process of med-evacing, receiving per diem, adding a new baby to your travel orders, and obtaining the baby’s passport and visa. The passport and visa keep me up at night – so many steps that we need to take right away while we’re in the newborn haze of limited sleep. I created my own checklist of everything we need to do with references to the guide and other documents we used with Abby. So much to worry about it, but it will all get done eventually.

When I’m not worrying about leaving or packing, we’ve been enjoying the cooler weather around here and our last few weeks with our friends. We’ve also been embracing fall around our house with some baking. Abby loves to help in the kitchen, so we made some of Justin’s Aunt Diane’s famous pumpkin bread and my family’s pumpkin cookies.

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Waiting for things to bake is the hardest part

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Bounce house fun

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Sopo (Abby’s amazing nanny) has been outdoing herself lately with Abby’s hair. I’m going to need a few tutorials before we leave so I can keep this up.

Now we are in the final countdown – time to say goodbye to friends and prepare for the land of Target, Dairy Queen, and traffic laws!

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