As I see it, there's 3 areas we need to hit in order to be prepared.
1. Legally: We haven't done this before. Obvs. To be honest, when I first talked to a lawyer, I got super overwhelmed. Which is funny to me considering we've conquered a dossier (not pronounced dozzier, just an fyi. Not that I did that for a good 6 months or anything.) for Guatemala using specific ink, watching every single letter typed onto every document. I guess just because it's new. and unfamiliar. The good news is, there's people who know how to do this. That's where the next area comes from:
2. Financially: Egads. Lawyers, paperwork, traveling expenses, etc. This part gets sticky for us. We hate asking for money and all that goes with it, however we're not working w/ a lot of time to be able to build up the savings or anything. Not complaining, trust me, just getting my mind around what needs to be done.
We're brainstorming fundraisers but trying to be mindful of A) not spreading ourselves too thin given there's more going on in life, B) We don't want to keep offering the same people/groups of people ways to support us. "Hey, thanks for coming to trivia night! Now do you want to buy a t-shirt and order coffee and ___ and ___, mkay, thanks." We don't want to add ourselves to your monthly budget. The front runner on the list? Getting people to sponsor me on how many bowls of ice cream I can eat in a month. That and a 'high-five' booth for Eliot. Oh...I kid, I kid.
3. Domestically: This is the fun part. Baby stuff! Yip yip! We need to get the room ready. In order to do that, we need to organize some stuff. The room is still full of 18mos+ stuff from the T-rex season. Another thing we need to consider is not just newborn clothes, but Eliot didn't start wearing winter gear until 18 mos+. I'm not super worried about it, I doubt he'll go naked. And I *might* be praying someone was just packing up their Dr. Brown's, hoping to give them to another family. What? It's possible.
****Edited to add: I already got 3 offers for Dr. Browns! Yes! People are great.
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this, sorry this got so wordy. It's becoming more real each day. There's a whole lot that needs to happen in 80 days or less. No pressure...