Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mail-Out: First Care Packages and I-800A (again)!


I had so much fun preparing our first care package to our little boy, Henry! Since we're not sure if he'll actually get to play with the toys or wear the T-shirt, we wanted to send just a few things for now. I'll be happy if he receives his helicopter baby blanket (that I've been sleeping with) and his photo album so he can get used to our faces. In his album, I also printed (on glossy photo paper) three of the photos that the agency gave us so he can look at his own baby pictures. I'm not sure if we'll get this back either so I took a short video clip of the album. I also hope the agency will take plenty of photos of Henry with the disposable camera and return it to us on Gotcha Day.

The Easy Peel White Mailing Labels (Avery 8167 for Return Address) are very useful to label both the camera with your child's name, and the photos inside the album. Our agency provided some useful words and phrases ("mother," "father," "our dog") in Chinese so I copied and pasted some of them several times into Word. I also looked for some of the words on this Translate-to-Chinese site as the agency's copy was a little pixellated. I just had to make sure the characters matched!

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These items were included in the second care package for the orphanage: random T-shirts and onesies, socks for kids of different ages, plastic bibs, stickers, cookies for the nannies, and a pen for the Orphanage Director. I read on one of the Yahoo Groups to also pay attention to the Director as s/he is ultimately in charge of your child.

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My USPS "shoebox" boxes haven't arrived yet so I went to Target and bought some small Scotch Mailing Boxes (11.25" x 8.75" x 4") - they're PERFECT! Just roll what you can! I got quite emotional packing my son's toys as this is our first connection with him. Sniff, sniff. As recommended by our agency, I also included in both boxes a copy of our PA and a translated letter provided by the agency.

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The package for our son weighed 1 lb. 15.2 oz and cost $18.55 for First Class postage from Houston to China. The second package for the orphanage weighed 2 lbs. 11.8 oz and cost $23.92. Not bad at all! The Express Mail envelope on top of the boxes includes our I-800A package to be refiled with the USCIS - finally!!!

6 comments:

Kam said...

This is precious. Our little guy is in Kunming and I've heard it's nearly impossible to get anything in that SWI to the babies. But we did this several times with our son from Thailand. We have pics of him with our stuff...looking at our pictures. Our oldest daughter {8 at the time} just broke down seeing him look at her picture. It was and is still emotional for us! The really great thing is when you get there and get all of that stuff back to take home and keep for him. Our son still sleeps with his stuffed monkey from Build a Bear every night. We had the voice recorder installed in it as well. He dearly loves it. God speed sweet boxes! :)

Team Robichaux said...

We just sent our first care package to our little one at XuChang as well! I am ready to start shopping for our second package ;)

-Tasha

www.journeytowu.blogspot.com

linxx said...

Aww, that's so sweet - thanks for sharing! I love the Build a Bear idea with a voice recorder! {Add to list.} Wow, I HOPE we'll get our son's stuff back as well....but let's hope the packages arrive safe and sound first - ha! The post office lady said 7-14 days! :O

linxx said...

Hey Tasha! Just left a message on your blog. We've just both sent our I-800A at the same time, we're with the same agency, and both our boys are at Xuchang SWI! :D We're *hoping* to travel in January if all goes well and planning on visiting the orphanage as well! Good luck with your second package to your adorable son!!

Team Robichaux said...

Thanks Linda! Maybe we will travel at the same time? From your ticker on your blog, I see that our boys are practically the same age as well! LOL Looks like we have alot in common ;) Good luck with your package as well! Here's to speedy TAs for the both of us! Come on January =D

linxx said...

Wow, I wonder if they're friends and sleep in the same room, and then we get to travel at the same time as well? Aww! Yes - speedy I-797s, LOAs and TAs! :)