Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day Musings



We just received news that friends received their referral for a baby girl from China! We are so happy for them because they've been waiting 2 1/2 years for this day! On their blog they wrote that their youngest son was initially less than enthusiastic about their upcoming adoption, but now that the adoption is real, and he's seen pictures, his attitude is rapidly changing. That got me to musing about the twins.

When we started the adoption process, and the twins were interviewed for the home study, they were also less than enthusiastic about the idea. They didn't want us to adopt at all. They said they wouldn't play with the baby or pay any attention to it. When we were matched with a boy, they were even more adamant! They were not-so-secretly hoping for a girl and were VERY upset when that didn't turn out! Even when we got picture updates for the next six months, they didn't want to see the pictures.

In the past month since Ephraim came home, I've hardly been able to touch him! They fight over whose turn it is to hold him, feed him his bottle and push him in his stroller. The other day they were pinching each other and crying. When I went in to break it up I found out they were fighting over who got to change his wet diaper!!

They've been so attentive I've had to make rules: (1) They can only change his clothes if his clothes are dirty. (2) They can only change his diaper if the diaper is actually wet. (3) They can no longer wake him up when he's sleeping.

I caught them the other morning at 6 o'clock getting him out of bed. Apparently they've been waking up early every morning since we got home, getting him out of bed, and sneaking him to the playroom. That way they get an hour each morning to play with him without having to share him with anyone else! These are the two who said they'd ignore him when he came home! I guess I can't complain, and I guess I can share him a little if they are going to give him so much love!

2 comments:

Mayme said...

He is so cute! I know you guys are overjoyed. Thanks for the sibling information. I think our boy is coming around, but he just doesn't want to admit it!

noellev13 said...

I'm one of the families on the waiting list with probably 5 years to go but that is not why I'm writing. Every since I saw Ephraim's first picture I couldn't wait to see his progression and darling little face. There is something very special about this boy and I can't thank you enough for adding your address to the last blog..my heart sank a bit when I didn't see new pics up of him on the yahoo web page..they always brightened my day. Thanks for sharing with so many your joyful son..he holds a special place in my heart...I can't wait until my little cute face comes along.
God Bless
Noelle Visconti
noellev13@hotmail.com
St. Louis, MO

Referral Picture

Referral Picture

Adoption Timeline

  • 2006
  • November 8 - Application Mailed
  • November 22 - Accepted
  • November 24 - I-600A Mailed
  • November 27 - Delivery Confirmed
  • November 28 - Receipt of I-600A
  • November 30 - Fingerprint Notice
  • December 15 - Home Study Update
  • December 21 - Stacey Fingerprinted
  • December 28 - Added to List (#116)
  • 2007
  • January 24 - Home Study Mailed
  • January 25 - Ben Fingerprinted
  • February 8 - Waiting List (#111)
  • February 20 - Waiting List (#109)
  • February 27 - Waiting List (#105)
  • March 8 - Waiting List (#101)
  • March 22 - Waiting List (#99)
  • April 19 - Waiting List (#98)
  • April 25 - Dossier Authentication
  • May 2 - Delivery Confirmed
  • May 2 - Added to SN Wait List
  • May 3 - Waiting List (#97)
  • June 7 - Waiting List (#86)
  • June 25 - Dossier Translated
  • June 28 - On Waiting List Six months
  • July 9 - Waiting List (#81)
  • August 6 - Waiting List (#4 SN)
  • August 8 - Waiting List (#76)
  • September 7 - Waiting List (#70)
  • October 8 - Waiting List (#67)
  • October 22 - Waiting child -- OURS!!
  • October 23 - Official Referral Date
  • October 25 - Letter #1 Submitted
  • October 29 - Referral Receipt - CHI
  • 2008
  • February 5 - Fingerprint Request
  • February 7 - Proof of Delivery
  • March 1 - All Fingerprinted
  • March 3 - I-600 Application Mailed
  • March 5 - I-600 Acknowledgement
  • April 17 - I-600 Approval!
  • May 2 - Original G & R Date
  • May 3 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • May 5 - MEET EPHRAIM!
  • May 6 - Drive to Kien Giang
  • May 7 - G & R Ceremony
  • May 8 - Medical, Apply for Passport
  • May 12 - Fly to Hanoi
  • May 13 - Visa appointment at USCIS
  • May 14 - Pick Up Visa, Fly Home
  • May 15 - Arrive in Nashville!
  • May 23 - Certificate of Citizenship
  • June 12 - Re-Adoption Filed by Court
  • July 3 - Tennessee Birth Certificate

G & R Day

G & R Day