Friday, June 29, 2007

Thursday, June 28th

This waiting is hard. I check my email constantly, even though I know that referrals aren’t supposed to be coming out until July. But what if I didn’t check and I missed seeing it? Or what if I didn’t answer my phone for that one call and the agency person decided to call back tomorrow instead of trying again? So I check my email and my phone. Constantly.
The last couple of days I have had sudden flashes of dread that this won’t happen at all. We have all heard stories of adoptions that fell through. What if it happens to me? I really won’t know after I get a referral or after I wait and finally get a travel date. I don’t think I will ever really think I will know it is for real until after I walk into our house with our baby girl. So the rollercoaster ride of adoptions goes on and on.
I have bought her a crib set from Kids Pottery Barn. We will be using Brayden’s dark brown crib and dresser set. They are in great condition. I have to work on getting him a new bedroom set. He wants a red bunk bed. I like Pottery Barn stuff so I think I will order it from there. The crib set for the baby’s room has light pink, dark pink, light pink and light blue in it. I am planning on painting the room a light green. It’s a small room (9 x 9, I think) but it has hardwood floors and four windows so it will be nice. I am looking forward to actually doing something instead of sitting around waiting.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Waiting Game

Well, we are in the waiting stage before we get our referral. Our completed paperwork was sent to our agency's office on May 12th and we started our wait. We were told that it would be a 0-60 day wait once our paperwork was sent to the Adoption Office in VietNam. It seemed so chaotic gathering all of the paperwork and trying to figure out how to get all of it done exactly right so there would not be any problems later. There was less paperwork to do than for an adoption for China and it only took a couple of months once we got started. The hard part was deciding what agency we should go with. I looked around and did some research for about a month and had it narrowed down to two. I finally decided which one to go with and wrote the check. For some reason I just didn't want to mail it yet. After a week I realized there must be a reason I didn't want to go with that agency and decided the other one was the right one for us. I love the agency we wound up with and have only good things to say about them. I thought that once our paperwork was in I would be able to relax and let things happen at their own pace. I think that worked for a while. Maybe a day or two. Okay, maybe a half hour. Waiting patiently is not part of my personality. So the day I checked with FedEx and was sure that my paperwork had arrived at my ageny's office I was ready and waiting for our referral. As I said that was May 12th. Since then I have spent more time on the internet "actively waiting" for our referral than you can imagine. I am hoping we hear something soon...there have been rumours that many babies will be "paper ready" in early to mid-July. We don't know how many babies or if we will be one of the lucky families to get one as our referral, but it gives us some hope. In the meantime I read my emails from other familes with our adoption agency and read their blogs. My sixteen year old daughter just set this blog up for us so now I can keep busy with this. Thanks, Dakota! I am posting pictures of my little ones, who certainly keep me busy! Brayden is three and Brookelyn is 19 months.