Monday, August 29, 2011

Well?

Well?  Well things are rolling along here with Project Baby, the Sequel.  We were notified that our home study has been approved by the court, which means for the next 18 months we are legally able to adopt a child.  We've finished our medical clearances, and sent the first draft of our birth mother letter to the agency for approval and guidance.  We still have to watch a video and take an exam that will teach us how to parent in an interracial family in case our second child is not the same race as one of us.  Yeah, I know.  The way I figure it, I have an interracial parent/child relationship, but Gregg doesn't, so he should have to watch the video alone while I head to a Labor Day BBQ or something.  It's a hoop.  We'll jump through it.

We won't be done with preliminary gigantic monthly payments to the adoption agency until November so technically nothing can happen until after that.  Right now we're gathering pictures for our letter, and a friend of ours who is a photographer is coming over in two weeks to do a photo shoot with us for our main picture.  If you've been with me a while you'll remember what our last letter looked like.  This one has to be four pages instead of two and frankly will look a little nicer I think.  Last time we matched off of our letter in three weeks of being in circulation, so we want to make sure this one hits the mark as well.

It's funny; we've been performing the steps necessary to reach our goal of having a baby for some months now, but it's only since our home study has been approved that I have those butterflies banging away in my stomach telling me a baby could join our family as soon as the beginning of the year.  Of course it could take a lot longer, but we've crossed a threshold that has started those old feelings creeping up on me again.  We have a ways to go and a forest of red tape to cut through, but we're definitely on the way again...

8 comments:

Kate said...

So excited for you guys!!!!!!!!

Leah said...

Thinking of you guys! Having that homestudy done is always a wonderful feeling! Hoping your wait is short!

GSmith said...

Yay, yay, yay! At least the home study is over with, somewhat of a relief!

fightpilotswife said...

Yay! So glad the big hurdle of the home study is behind you! Keeping my fingers crossed that your wait is a short one. :)

Stacey said...

So exciting!!! Good luck!!! We're waiting to do our training and homestudy. In Ontario, Canada we do something called PRIDE training which is 9 weeks, 3 hours a week of classes on adopting and parenting. We also do a homestudy. We've sent in all of our paperwork and background checks so now we wait to be registered for the course. Since we're doing a public adoption (and an older child age 3-12), we don't have to pay anything.

I'm excited for you and can't wait to hear more about it. :)

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growfamilygrow said...

Squeal! Awesome. Watching and hoping for you. ps. We were in Mesa yesterday for adoption stuff. Must try and meet at some point.

AlessiFamily said...

YES!!! So you ARE going for baby number 2 afterall!!!!!!