We're leaving next week. CRAP! I am so not ready. Our consulate appointment is March 21. There was part of us that was hoping we would leave next week, but we really thought it wouldn't be until the following week - ya know, trying to lower our expectations and all that. So much to do today - Homeschool-Schmhomeschool.
February 26, 2012
I was surprised and elated to see the following quote from Nancy (she has a fun blog at: http://nancyvnjourney.blogspot.com/), an adoptive parent who also has biological children. She gave me permission to post this rather eloquent quote about international adoption:
"This is the labor of adoption.
Worry, fear, confusion, stress, and pain. Coupled with joy, anticipation, longing, and love.
No different from a biological labor in hind-sight?
I've experienced 4 biological labors, 1 with an epidural, 2 without, (one of those resulted in a 10 lb baby) and 1 with an epidural on only the left side, which let me tell you sista' does not actually constitute an epidural at all in my opinion! If I'm being honest, biological labor was easier. Yes, there was more physical pain in child birth, but in international adoption the emotional upheaval lasts longer and can be far more destructive than the pain of child birth.
Top adoption off with some jet lag, a foreign language, 8,000+ miles, some heavy lifting, and a little traveler's bug and voilà! You have all the makings of an expectant mama whose emotions are swinging faster than 14-year-old teenage girl."
I was surprised to read this from a mother with bio kids because I've heard a few times that adoption is "taking the easy way out." I assumed because, typically, there's no physical pain for the mom in adoption that what I was feeling couldn't even compare. The thought of pushing a giant baby out of a tiny hole in your body sounds like a picnic I don't wanna be at, and if I'm really honest, terrifies me. So, it was pretty validating to read that a lot of the "pain" I've been through in my "labor" of adoption was just that - pain. Definitely a blessing, but definitely not easy. When I emailed her she mentioned adding on: special needs, your child initially doesn't like you, cultural differences, and the pressures of having a mixed-race family. So true, so true. Thanks Nancy.
Yesterday, my friends Anne, Elaine, Amy, Kathy, Melissa (my sister and friend), Val, Greta, Marion...I'm probably missing someone who contributed significantly to pull this thing off...threw me a "Recycled" Shower. Everyone was invited to bring used, recycled, or eco-friendly items for Autumn, including, clothes, toys, books, or anything else Autumn might need. We went from having 3 outfits to having a full line of clothes for her to wear the next 3-5 years - including beautiful velvet Christmas dresses and cute Halloween costumes. She got a tea set, play picnic box, dress-up clothes in a dress-up trunk, "girl books," and the list goes on. It was a beautiful party and so awesome to see so many of my friends in one place. Great day! Thank you all very much!
These "fortune cookies" were made out of caramel! They each had a little "fortune" in them that read, "Autumn Grace Hall will be here soon!"
Kathy's recycled brown-paper bag wrapping...
February 24, 2012
February 21, 2012
We finally brought in a pest guy in December (post-Fuzzy Kitty disappearance). He sealed all the cracks around the outside of the house and set some "real" and "humane" traps. He found a crack in our foundation where the mice were getting in and crawling through the walls to our stove. So now that crack needs to be fixed. Translation: something else for me to procrastinate on and find 10 cheap alternatives for, until finally the house falls down.
February 16, 2012
I just got an email from our agency saying they're working on getting our travel approval right now because they want us to travel on March 8th with a group. Our Consulate Appointment would be March 20. Woo-hoooooooooooo!
February 15, 2012
February 09, 2012
Our Article 5 was picked up yesterday and was sent to CCCWA who will approve our travel (travel approval = TA). The wait for TA is about 8-30 days, averaging 3 weeks. So, we're about 5 weeks from leaving for China. Wow! We're not even talking months anymore.
We got some "updated measurements" for Autumn, but I think they're for the wrong child. If last year's measurements are correct and these new measurements are correct then she would have grown 10 pounds and 5 inches in 10 months. Don't think so. So, we still don't know how big she is. Anywhere from 18 months to 3T, depending on our source. Lame.