Thursday, June 29, 2006

This post is for you Denise

Someone (not mentioning any names) really, really wanted me to post this picture. It's a very adorable backpack given to us for our little one from China. Isn't it the cutest thing ever? Dora would be so jealous!

Thanks Aunt Deese - I'm sure she'll love it.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

CCAA's update

The CCAA has updated their website:

"The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before June 28, 2005."

Ok, this means that this time around the CCAA sent referrals for two weeks worth of LID's. Still not great but a lot better than just five days as it has been in the recent past. Does this perhaps mean they're picking up the pace? Doubt it - but we can always hope! :) So, if they keep the pace of sending two weeks at a time, we can expect our referral in November and perhaps travel in January 2007. Let's keep our fingers crossed that they at least keep sending two weeks at a time - if not more.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Pre-Travel Seminar

Ok, this post is a little late but better late than never. We had our pre-travel seminar for our trip to China last Saturday (June 3). It was quite informative and a little overwhelming at times. We learned quite a bit. Being there made this whole journey real for us again. We were in a bit of a lull with the timelines getting longer and longer. Now it's so real again and we just want to go NOW! Unfortunately we still have a long wait ahead of us . . . but we'll try not to think about that.

It's funny because so many people (especially at this seminar) said to us "this is all old hat for you guys since you have your own kids already." Well, adopting and having your own biological children is so different. For one thing, I've never done the bottle thing before. My kids went right from breastfeeding to the sippy cup at 6 months or so. Our kids also are, and always have been, really good sleepers. We may be in for a huge shock when it comes to sleep issues. Yikes! And of course there are so many other things, such as attachment issues, that we've never had to deal with. There are so many unknowns but we're so very excited and our referral can't come soon enough!

Anyway, after the seminar, our travel group (#244) went out for dinner to Le Bifteque in Etobicoke. It was really nice. It's always good to see eachother because it pumps us up and keeps us going through this long waiting period. Here are some pictures of our group at dinner.