Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Care Package {for Sweet C}

We officially got word Sunday that we can send a care package to Sweet Little C, and my brain has been RUNNING WILD with all of the possibilities. Only problem: It all must fit into two gallon-sized ziploc bags.

Need a visual? Two of these:

Here are some things I'd like to fit in those two bags:

1. Sophie the Giraffe -- Our friends sent us one of these when we met Brody in Kentucky, and we have had it ever since. It's a toy; it's a teether; it's a cute animal. It's perfect.

2. A baby blanket -- I bought a pink blanket a LONG time ago, when we had just gotten home from Kentucky with Brody. I didn't care that I didn't have a girl yet. It was perfect (and it was on sale). I would use it ONE DAY. I'm not sure that I'll send the actual blanket overseas, but I'd love to send something like it. I've also read that sleeping with the blanket a few nights to get our scent on it before sending can be really good for bonding. I don't know if it's true or not, but it helps me feel good about it, so there.

3. Hair bows -- I went to my cousin's baby shower last weekend, and she got THE MOST adorable pink flowery headband for her little girl. I am not what one would call a "girlie girl," but Little C will definitely have some girly headbands and bows. (For one, I will need them to wrangle in the hair while I learn how to style it.)
Google images.

4. A recordable book -- Could this be any more perfect? We can record ourselves reading this book, then send it to African so C can hear our voices. And the message of each of these books? Perfect.

Photos courtesy Hallmark.

5. Photo book -- With plenty of pictures of our family, so she starts becoming familiar with our faces. Hoping to translate a few words like "mom," "dad," "brother," and "I love you" into Lingala for her.

6. Musical toys and other simple toys --

This thing will squish down AND our boys love the one we have. 

7. A onesie that says "I am loved" or something along those lines -- I haven't been able to find a cute one anywhere. (Anyone seen anything like that?)

8. Cute outfits and PJs -- In our last set of pictures (which we got yesterday!), C was either almost naked or wearing boy-ish outfits. I KNOW for certain that she is cared for very well in her foster home/orphanage, but this girl needs some cute little girly clothes! How many outfits can I send in a plastic bag? I will test my packing skills on this, for sure. And I am such a sucker for baby PJs. That's going to cause a problem.

9. A cute cuddly toy -- That girl needs something to snuggle.

Myself -- I (so) badly want to jump on that plane and go hold her. SO BADLY.

Am I missing anything? (I can also send hygiene items...anyone have any suggestions in that category?)


  1. For #7: I found some cute hand stitched ones on Etsy. Other options on Etsy too, but this shop had some fun options and I bet you could do a personalized order if your heart desires. :)

    1. Those are CUTE! I actually found one at Wal-Mart. Go figure!!

  2. Jenny,
    How old is Baby C? I have several onesies in different colors that I can embroider for you. I will give you one for free with whatever you want on it and then if you want more than I will give you them to you at my cost plus the cost of the embroidery. :)

    1. Lindsey, Thank you so much for your offer. I found one at Wal-Mart, odd as it may seem. For some reason they seemed hard to find for a while there. Don't worry, though. I may take you up on your offer in a bit when I want to send her some more clothes with a message!