After tonight, we will only have 8 more sleeps! I can't believe it is getting so close! I *think* I am all packed! All I have left to put in the suitcase is some oatmeal. Now, I am sure that you can get oatmeal in China, but can you get Dinosaur Egg oatmeal there? Doubtful. And considering my child will only eat that specific kind... well you see why it's needed.
I decided when I knew that I was traveling alone with Julianna, that I could only take two suitcases. I can only pack what I am able to handle alone. I started collecting things to pack a month or so ago. Over the last couple of weeks, I have packed and repacked those suitcases 100 times. Each time taking out something I felt sure I needed, but decided I really didn't. My priorities have changed, I guess. I had perfumed packed originally. Perfume? Why would I need perfume? Deodorant? Yes, not perfume. Anyway, I think I finally have it down to a science.
The whole time I have been packing/repacking, I have known about the weight limit for China in country flights. The weight limit is 44 pounds. So every time I think I have it just right, I go weigh the suitcases (with the ever so accurate weigh myself, then weigh myself while holding the suitcase, of course) only to find out I am a little over. Well, I think I finally have it perfect. One is 41 pounds and one is 40 pounds.
Funny thing about the whole weight thing - Tonight, after I packed for the eleventy bajillionth, I checked the airlines website for something else, and stumbled across the baggage fees. 44 pounds free, anything over is charged a fine. The fine is 1.5% of the fare, per kilogram. So based on my calculations - my fare is around $150. If I went over by 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds, which is quite a lot actually), my fee would be around 47 RMB (Chinese currency), so less than $7.00 USD! HAHAHAHA! All the worrying and weighing and my fee is less than 7 bucks? Good grief.
I ended up putting the lock on one suitcase tonight as a deterrent from opening it again. LOL. I hope it works.
If the next week goes by as fast as this last week, before I know it, I will be on my way to my baby girl! Less than two weeks before I see her sweet little face!