Monday, February 27, 2012

My Yoga Mat, Sophie Kinsella, and a Plane Ticket.

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I'm not sure how other woman prepare for motherhood but my last few weeks have been spent in the cookie isle of the grocery store, contemplating whether the gold or copper eye shadow pallet would be more flattering and then buying both, watching a lot of The Barefoot Contessa, and of course saying goodbye to my shoes. All in all I've learned that when it comes to big life changes I enjoy sugar and the frivolous. Although come to think of it that tends to be my life for the most part only slightly less amplified.

Aside from major sugar consumption I've done a ton of yoga and pilates which has helped my stress levels and my abs look pretty awesome. The fact coughing, breathing, eating, hurts is an unfortunate side affect however. I have about a million questions but I've yet to have the nerve to seriously ask someone if I can get Elle Decor and Vogue in Addis. I mean how do you ask that without sounding like an ass? Now to give myself some credit I am going for an indeterminate amount of time. Thinking about being there by myself for months has me a bit nervous. I'm sure once I'm there I'll be relaxed and at ease with my little man but for now I'm having a hard time parting with my clothing, magazines, kitchen aid mixer, washing machine, cats, and husband. Not in that particular order.

Our journey has been a little out of the norm and watching my son grow up through pictures from 2 months old to 1 year has made him seem less than real. I have all these pictures of him but I don't quite believe this is happening. I think at some point believing becomes hard and is replaced by doubt. I am thrilled I get to see his chubby little arms and big brown eyes soon but it is so surreal.

So today is my last day in Canada for a while! I have my yoga mat packed, Sophie Kinsella's new book, Noam Chomsky's new book, and a ridiculous amount of sweater vests for a one year old. I'm feeling nauseous and excited, but I think I have everything ready. Oh my heavens this is actually happening. The cumulation of 7.5 years of dreaming. Thank you everyone for all your support and hard work these last few years in helping us realize the sweetest of dreams. A few years ago I wrote a poem for my future baby and right now the last verse seems particularly poignant.

I have carried you in my heart for years.
You were conceived in the most extraordinary of dreams.
Your father and I have held your eyes, hands and soul for many moons.
We are bound by love.

Jessa xx


  1. Wishing you a joyful and fulfilling journey over the next while :)

  2. I wish I was on the plane with you and I promise...I would be quiet and let you read your book, having brought my own.
    Look forward to stories and updates so you can prepare me for when our time comes. Love & hugs, C

  3. Yay!!! Looking forward to the celebration in Addis!!

  4. Yay!!! Looking forward to celebrating in Addis!

  5. Yay. Hopefully we'll meet while you're there!!!

  6. Wow! How exciting...there is another blog I follow that they too have just arrived in Addis for their children! What a joy for both of you.

  7. Wow! What wonderful news to hear that you are on your way to pick up your son! there is another blog that I follow and they too have just arrived in Addis today to pick up their two children! Can't wait to hear the rest of this amazing adoption journey...

  8. Best of luck on the long stay - I look forward to hearing ALL about it!

  9. Your poem for your son is beautiful! I am so excited for you!!!

  10. I am so incredibly happy for you my dear! You'll be an amazing mother.
    Oh, and good book picks...I love Sophie Kinsella! ;-)


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