Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Referral!!! Oh Happy Day!

WOW!  I feel like I've been waiting so long to write this post!  I've been keeping a little secret from my readers for a little bit.  We have received another referral (if you missed the post of our lost referral, "Baby K," read here) of a precious baby boy.

On Thursday, January 26th I received an email from our agency's director that they had a baby boy for us, but that they didn't have pictures just yet.  Oh that was torture!  The hubby was out of town for work, so I excitedly called him on the phone to tell him the good news.  By the next day we'd received a very grainy picture where we got to see his precious face for the first time.  For now, we'll call him "Baby B."  (until we pass court, we can't share his name or face online right now)

On Wednesday of last week he was moved to our agency's transition house and had his medical tests done. This is great news, as the transition house is run by our agency, so we know he'll get wonderful care.  He shares a nanny with one other baby, so we know he's being loved on!  Thursday we received a bunch more pictures (19 to be exact!).  If you see us in person, feel free to ask to see them because you know we're glad to brag!

He's about a month and a half old and about 6 pounds.  I'm sure the next time we see pictures he'll be putting some weight on.  And probably some hair on his sweet bald head too!

Yesterday we found out that his medical tests came back clear and today we officially accepted the referral!

So, here's our "Major Cutie." (according to his shirt! And we agree!)  Once we pass court, we'll gladly show his sweet face to the blog world!

So, what's next?  Well, we've been told he's "paper ready."  (for those of you not in the adoption world, that means his documents are ready to go to court).  The courts in Ethiopia will be closed for the next 10 days for training, so we're hoping to be submitted soon after that.  Once we're submitted we'll wait for a court date (we're hearing that people wait 4-6 weeks before hearing news of their court date).  We could be given a court date a month or two out.  Ethiopia has a two trip rule now, but we're prayfully considering me staying in-country between the 2 trips (depending on the timing).  If any of you adoptive moms have done this, I'd love for you to e-mail me your advice (jenwayman@gmail.com).

A big thank you to all of you who have asked how we're doing and prayed for us along the way.  He is definitely an answer to our prayers!  Hayes, we love you so much already!
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  1. That is soooo exciting, congrats. You must be beaming...

    Blessings, sherry french

  2. So excited for you guys! What a blessing!

  3. Congrats Jen! So happy for you!

  4. YAY!!!! So excited for ya'll!!!! Congratulations!!!

  5. Oh, Jennifer, that is amazing news!!! I have tears in my eyes. Blessings to you and Christopher!

  6. At your blog for the first time and seeing this post is SO exciting!!!! Congratulations! We have thought about me staying in ET between the 2 trips as well. I would love to know of other people who have done this too and to also see how it goes for you if you end up doing it. Glad to be following along on your journey to your son!

  7. So happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!

  8. Such wonderful news! Soooooooooooo incredibly happy for your family!

  9. Congratulations! I can already tell he is just precious and SO loved. I can't wait to hear more.

    Blessings to you all!

  10. How exciting! What a wonderful happy ending for you three. Can't wait to hear more.

  11. That is so exciting!!! I'm really happy for you!

  12. Congratulations! I haven't had a chance to stop by in a while, and I was so, so happy to see that you had your referral.
    If you can swing staying in country between court and embassy, do it! It was so worth it for us. We got to spend great time bonding with our babies with very few daily responsibilities and got to know the country and culture. (We were also able to help with some of the leg-work for our embassy paperwork, which sped the process along.)
    Best wishes for a speedy court date!

  13. I have been out the "blog world" for a while now... (busy, busy with three active boys)and I am trying to catch up on things on this rainy day here in NC... I am so happy for you!!!! Hayes is beautiful!!!!! Congrats!!!!