Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Let the countdown begin!

We have a LID! Here's an excerpt of the e-mail that was waiting for me at home today. I knew there was a reason I could not make myself work late tonight (uh...yeah...right..that's it).

Congratulations again!
We have received confirmation that your dossier was logged into the CCAA on November 24, 2005. Right now the wait time between your log in date and referral is approximately 7-10 months.

So what that means is anytime between June 2006 and August 2006 we'll get a picture of our girl. It feels good to have a timeline finally in place.

Please say a prayer for us that referrals come quickly!!!

For the curious (like me), here's a picture from another adoption blog showing the inside of an orphanage in China. Can you imagine only having 2 or 3 workers at a time to care for this many babies? It's amazing how kids can bounce back from these tough beginnings.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

12 Days left to do Christmas shopping

I haven't even started my shopping yet. Sorry everyone, it might be a fruitcake year. December is flying by in terms of Christmas and crawling by when it comes to waiting for our LID. The agency received referrals yesterday, so I'm still hopeful that our paperwork was included in that package... I guess we'll see next week.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Back in the waiting game

So if anyone's wondering what we've been up to since the last post, in a nutshell--we're waiting. This time though we're waiting for our LID (log in date). Hopefully we'll hear something in the next week or two. In the meantime, I've just been enjoying being done with the paperwork!

I went shopping with my friend Sue, who's 1st time mom to a now seven month old baby named Sam (did I mention he's adorable?). Sue took me to Baby Depot to explore the *scary wall* full of every gadget known to modern parenting. Thankfully I learned that most of that I'll never even need to know what it is used for, much less need to buy it. Whew! We ooh'd and ah'd over the baby clothes and crib sets. I came away with a super soft, lavender blanket and a bunch of things to add to my wish list.

I went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel a couple of weekends ago with long-time friends Kim and her sister Cathy and their family. Among other things, we covered what to look for in a pediatrician and she gave me the name of the doctor they see in St. Augustine. Also, got the tip about checking with the insurance company to see if they sell carseats at a discount...still on my to do list.

I've e-mailed back and forth with Ruth (also a new mom to cute-as-a-button Zachary)on how to pick a daycare.

And, me and Bobby went to Babies-R-Us the weekend after Thanksgiving and purchased a stuffed animal to give to Kayla on *gotcha* day.

Other than that life goes on as usual. I'm taking my last exam, for my last class, forever on Thursday (Wooohoooo!). Bobby's thrilled to make it out of his Spanish class with a "B". He's got one more semester to finish his degree. And for once, I'm looking forward to a jam packed tax season at work, to help whisk a few months of the wait away.