Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Personal Day




We made use of our Shedd Aquarium membership and headed there today after the kiddos got out of school. There was much enthusiasm at being reunited with their beloved yellow submarine, we watched a Dora and Diego movie in 4-D (the kids' first movie in a theater), and there was a very special holiday edition of the dolphin show that was top secret. I can't reveal what we saw for fear of being eaten by beluga whales. Trust me though - it was epic.

Good Book

I spent yesterday devouring Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption by Scott Simon from NPR. I didn't expect to like it and assumed it would whitewash the complicated moral and ethical dilemmas of adoption. In particular, I'm not crazy about the title. Once I started to read, however, I couldn't put it down. It's beautifully written and takes a look at adoption through the many lenses of many different families including Steven Levitt of Freakonomics and Nancy Verrier who wrote The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. If you're looking for your next book, I'd highly recommend this one!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

COURT DATE!!!!!

It came! We're going to Ethiopia the week of Christmas to meet our babies! Insert disclaimers here about the fact that we could still have to wait a long time between court and embassy to bring them home, but at least we are moving forward and finally, finally, finally going to hold these sweet bambinos and see who it is we're fighting and waiting for!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Just in Case You Were Wondering...

Yes, it has now been three weeks since our case was submitted to court. I've heard from other families who were submitted at the same time by other agencies that they've received court dates for the week of Christmas. We haven't been given a court date yet. Yes, it is indeed driving me more than a little bit crazy. Mark my words: I'm going to have to be medicated at some point before this adoption is finalized.

Bump Beds



Last weekend, Atticus and Norah begged us to assemble their "bump beds". The two beds had been residing separately in two different bedrooms, but suddenly the kiddos decided they wanted to share a room immediately. Our house has four bedrooms, so we'd planned all along for at least two of our children to share a room once the newbies come home. We felt some trepidation about disrupting their bedtime routine because we've dealt with more than our fair share of sleep challenges, but we let them take the lead and it's worked beautifully.

Blankets hung from the top bunk to create a curtain over the bottom have created endless entertainment - I can't tell you how many times Paul and I have acted as audience to their magic show which consists of the magician telling us to close our eyes and the other child disappearing or reappearing from behind the curtain. That's the only trick in the show so far. It's a good thing it's a free show.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunshine Is the Best Disinfectant





This morning, our entire family awoke with one of those nasty colds that seem to define the season. Thank heaven for Nommie, who suggested a nice walk through the woods and along the beach as a way of quarantining our germs while keeping the kiddos occupied.

Friday, November 4, 2011

And on the Eighteenth Week...

We were finally submitted to court! Given that we were initially told that it would take one to six weeks to be submitted, the wait has been interminable. Horrible. Incredibly stressful. However, this afternoon it was finally confirmed that our children's cases have been submitted to the court. We now wait to be assigned a court date. Being assigned a date generally takes three to eight weeks, although that could change at any time and nobody really seems to understand how it works. Most families seem to be assigned court dates that are about six weeks in the future. This means that we are hoping that we might be able to travel for the first time to meet the kiddos sometime in January.

I think we're miles away from being guaranteed smooth sailing from this point out, but it feels like an incredible relief to know that there is finally some movement in our case. Many, many thanks go out to our family and friends who have listened to me whine, cry, and fret thus far. Your support has kept me from completely going over the edge.