June 9, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

What does it take to prepare for the arrival of a new family member? A whole heckuva lot.

The Missus and I have kept busy over the past week trying to get ready. The Missus in particular has been doing a lot of the work since she is home every day. She has been on the phone more this week than she has in the past year.

The travel arrangements have been particularly tough. How do you plan for a trip with no end? Right now we are set up to stay in Boston for eleven days. Ugh, but there isn’t much we can do about it. We just have to sit back and let Massachusetts and Nebraska do their thing with each other. Hopefully they’ve heard of e-mail, or at least FedEx. Lord help us if they communicate via USPS. (Case in point, The Missus received a package from her mother yesterday that had been sent Priority Mail. How much more quickly did it arrive than a normal package would have? Zero days. And it was two days later than the lady at the Post Office in Albuquerque promised.) A huge thanks to my dad, by the way, who donated enough frequent flier miles that our flights will cost exactly $20. You can’t beat that with a stick.

I just realized I haven’t told you our son’s name. We are calling him Robert Solomon. Robert is a family name from both sides; Solomon is the name his birth mother chose. We aren’t under any obligation to use Solomon—especially since the birth mother wants a closed adoption—but we like it, and we had decided a while ago that we would try to take the birth mother’s wishes into account when naming our child. It’s tough to say right now since we haven’t even met him, but he will probably go by Robert and Robbie. I have a hunch “Poopmaster” might also sneak in there a time or two.

Daisy has finally relaxed a bit now that the flow of new baby gear has slowed. There for a while I think she was getting overwhelmed. She’s still mad that we screwed up “her” room, though. Now she can’t hide from the vacuum in there any more.

We leave on Monday and we “officially” become parents on Tuesday. Then we’ll have to live in a hotel until Massachusetts says we can leave. If anybody has any connections in HHS in either Massachusetts or Nebraska, feel free to help speed things along. I’ll even buy you a burrito at Oso. I’ll be blogging throughout the trip—and working on the new version of Lincolnite, by the way—so keep checking in here. Expect the first photos (and videos?) Tuesday evening.

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Huskerpilot June 9, 2006 at 2:10pm

You know they might have even discovered this really new invention called a fax machine!  Give Daisy the basement!  She already owns the sofa!

Karin June 12, 2006 at 2:29am

No connections anywhere, but I wish you the best of luck!

Kyle June 12, 2006 at 3:47am

Congratulations!  This must be an incredibly exciting time for you and your wife.  Hopefully, some of that Massachusetts politics will rub-off on the whole darn family while you’re out there {:

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