So, I’m going to try the no bangs route for awhile and see how it goes. The worst that can happen is we go back to bangs.
Now, changing the subject:
I realized today that Naomi’s adoption hasn’t afforded me as many opportunities to blog about what’s going on as Lili’s adoption did. Granted, during the paper chase portion of adoption, there really isn’t much to talk about. We had our referral within 1 month of submitting our dossier with Lili’s adoption, but this time we’ll have a 5-6 month wait. At least that is what our agency is predicting right now. So, for the next several months the most I will be able to talk about is how long we’ve been waiting. However, since we still have a couple milestones to reach, I’ll share that information as I get it. Fortunately, I can report that our agency informed me yesterday that our dossier is at the Ethiopian Consulate in Washington D.C. for authentication and will go directly from there to Ethiopia. They did tell me that the attorney has several dossiers that he is going to need to register and as such, he is going to be quite busy, but our dossier should be registered in country in about two weeks. That’s exciting news because that is the point where we begin the countdown to referral.
So, as things stand right now, our dossier will be registered sometime next month and if time lines stay the same, we’ll have photos, a medical report, and information on Naomi sometime in November or December of this year.
In the meantime, I’ve picked out the paint color for Naomi’s room and will soon purchase and begin painting her room. Our plan is to put Lili in a ‘big girl’ bed and move all the nursery furniture to Naomi’s room. Yes, already she is getting Lili’s hand-me-downs, but considering the fact that Lili only used her crib a handful of times (Lili co-sleeps), it’s basically new. I’ve also contacted the travel clinic and have completed the required questionnaire to begin our travel shots. I found it much easier to survive the wait if I did little things along the way to prepare for Lili’s arrival and I’m going to do the same thing while waiting for Naomi. For me, every step I take in preparation is a step closer to having my baby girl home.
For those of you who have gone through or are going through the adoption process, how did you keep or are keeping yourself busy and sane during the wait?