Monday, October 29, 2007
1. Our dossier will be translated
2. We will be matched with a child
The current wait time for a referral is approximately 4 to 8 months. However, a family recently received a referral ONE month after their dossier was submitted. Yikes, I mean, woohooo!
We think we will receive a referral in early 2008. It's only a guess. We are not very good at the guessing game as evidenced in our Russian adoption. We thought, start to finish we would have our Russian child(ren) home in 9-12 months. Our Russian adoption journey took us 2 years!
The wait for a referral officially begins today.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
If you spend anytime at our house, you will hear Christmas Carols. Why so early? In September we went to the mall. When we walked through JCP, Igor saw Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. As soon as we arrived home Igor ran to his CD collection to find his "Christmas" (music). I tried to explain, that Christmas was still months away. We still had Columbus Day, Fall Festival/Halloween, Thanksgiving and then it would be Christmas. Igor gave me a blank look then cranked up the music. Since then, Christmas music has been on Igor's daily play list.
This week Igor has been practicing a new song, "Where is Pumpkin". His nursery school teacher has been teaching him the song for their fall program. The song has been a nice diversion from the Christmas carols.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tim, the exterminator, arrived yesterday to set some traps for the mice. I tried to convince Tim to stop by daily to check the traps. Tim just laughed at me. Rob has been assigned the job of checking the traps each morning before Igor and I come downstairs. Rob is so much braver than I am. So far, the stealth-like mice have eluded the traps.
Last night, we went to the circus. It was Igor’s first time. He was a little overwhelmed by it all. We arrived early so there was time for Igor to take a ride on the elephant. Of course, Rob & I wondered how safe this was.... but we threw caution to the wind and allowed him to take a ride. The boy and the elephant were fine at the end of the ride.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Other news, not adoption related... The invasion......
When we moved to the south last year we noticed that EVERYONE in our neighborhood had a pest company visit every so often. We quickly learned there are all sorts of big bugs that love the comfort of indoor living! Soon, we too had an annual pest contract. The other day I was filing paperwork and came across our pest contract. I noticed that it included rodent service. I laughed, why would we need coverage for rodents?? I hadn't asked for the service when we signed up. I didn't think too much about it and kept filing.
Today, I pulled out the phone book and to my horror, I saw mouse droppings in the drawer! YIKES! Of course, Igor wanted to check it out. I called the pest company to say we had mice. The lady on the other end of the phone said, "It is that time of year." What? Evidently, in October mice like to come indoors. Heavy sigh. I am looking forward to Tim, our pest guy, stopping by soon.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
A small world story-
In July, Rob & I met Susan & William at our social worker's home for our class on grooming. (We thought we were meeting for the first time.) Since that meeting, our two families have shared laughs, stresses and the tears that are a part of the adoption process. Susan called me on Friday. She said they were filling out an AWAA survey which asked how they heard about the agency. That's when they remembered attending an adoption fair in March and meeting me at the AWAA booth! After talking for a few minutes, I remembered meeting them at the fair.
It's such a small world. I believe our dossiers are destined to be with one another! Maybe we'll even travel together to pick up our children??? So, as much as I want our agency rep to pick up our documents right now, we hope, we pray, they will be picked up together.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I wonder if our Dossier is getting frequent flier miles! So far the Dossier has spent time in Virginia, New Jersey, Paris and Dubai. Today it is in Frankfurt. Maybe it will head to Africa tonight???
Fair Update- We had a great time at the fair. A few highlights- We saw farm animals, giant vegetables and farm equipment (Igor loves big machines). We watched the pig races and milked cows. Well, Igor said he wanted to milk a cow but when it was his turn he said, "daddy do it". Rob milked his first cow while Igor sat on his lap. Igor enjoyed petting the cow and drinking the chocolate milk given to all the milkers. Of course, we enjoyed Fair Food; ham biscuits, roasted corn, caramel apples, funnel cakes, deep fat fried onions and more!
After a brief conversation on the safety of the rides, Igor and Rob rode the kiddie roller coaster! Igor said that roller coaster was too fast (see clip). He went for tamer rides after that.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
This afternoon we will take a break from FedEx tracking. We are headed to the fair. Igor has proclaimed that he is going on the VERY FAST roller coaster with Daddy. Igor has never seen a roller coaster (only on the KidSongs DVD) so we'll see. Maybe I should take a change of clothes for Igor and Rob...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
So far, the process has been incredibly smooth compared to our Russian adoption journey.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Today, the plumber came because the garbage disposal was shooting out metal parts instead of grinding food. The plumber was awesome, he showed me how to install the disposal. I don't think I will attempt this by myself but learned a new skill. Igor (age 5) decided he would take a picture. He thought mommy under the sink was very funny.
Adoption news- our Dossier (paperwork) should be Fed Ex'ed to Ethiopia early next week.