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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!