Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I'm supposed to "eat better and get more exercise". :P I exercise over an hour a day 5 days a week. But I agree with the eating better.
I'm back on potassium, something I took when I was pregnant both times. I feel better already, just from taking the first dose of potassium. I was also given something to take to help with the anxiety. I'll take my first dose tonight at bedtime so hopefully it will help me return to "normal".
In other news, we had to update a couple of documents for our adoption, and I have been waiting (im)patiently for them to return from the state since last Monday. They came today so I headed out this afternoon to Fed Ex to send them to San Fran to the consulate. I'm hoping they will have the quick turnaround that some of my other adopting friends are having.
I got a gun, so I could add things to my registry, but Kim did not get one. Of course the person at the desk thought we were "together".
Then we were looking at breastfeeding tools, and bottles, and discussing the varieties of supplies for each and we ended up talking with a woman in that department. I am pretty sure she thought we were together too, but Kim and I cleared that one up. :-)
We moved on to look at car seats and then strollers. I was showing her the ones Dan and I liked, and asked another employee to help us figure out how to fold them up. Then I was asking some other questions (how many returns do you have on them, which is the better seller, any complaints). I'm pretty sure he thought we were together.
As we're walking down different aisles in the store, we are seeing other customers, and I suspect we got some funny looks from them as well. At one point Kim asked me if she was getting the vibe that people thought we were lesbians. I said that I totally got that vibe. She said that I was acting like the "dad" because I was asking all the questions, while she was the one all pregnant. :-)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
On Saturday, we went to a party, and got to share the news of our adoption with several friends. It's weird, though. One would think that we'd be sending e-mails and making phone calls with our news, but we just really haven't. We sent a few here and there, and made phone calls to those who needed to be told (grandparents, parents, best friends), but mostly we've been taking the news a day at a time and as we see people.
At the party, we checked out the room of their daughter. She's about 7-8 right now, and still have her baby furniture, and most of the decor is from her nursery days. Her fabrics are beautiful, but she's beginning to feel like it's a little childish, and wants a "cooler" room. So her mom has been out shopping and is doing a sort of Arabian theme in there. It's going to be great. As a result of redecorating, they are getting rid of her old furniture. She has a tall dresser and a shorter dresser/changing table w/ tower. It's a natural/honey color but the tops are a slate blue. It's great. We offered to purchase their furniture from them, and they gave us a pretty good deal. That's done! They are willing to keep it until we have space for it-hopefully less than two weeks, and this will help narrow our crib search down to cribs that are in the same color family.
We started working on a registry. We have received awesome gifts from my parents, grandparents and my Godmother in the form of cash. This will cover cribs/matresses, the furniture we're buying from our friends, and a double stroller. If we spend it right, it should cover two car seats as well. Some amazing friends have already showered me with gifts. Offers are coming in from everywhere for clothing, toys, etc. It's just been amazing. I have wonderful friends, and have met awesome strangers! We've put a lot of books and non music making/light blinking toys on our registry. We also included a note on the BRU one saying something to the effect of not wanting stimulating colored toys/fabrics. We want to introduce those things very slowly, so hopefully people will honor that. And, if you haven't looked at baby toys lately, it's almost impossible to find something that doesn't blink, light up, sing, make noise, or is otherwise very stimulating!
I have had multiple people tell me that they wanted to throw me a shower, and that has been wonderful. It looks like we'll have it July 21. We're hoping to have already traveled and returned home by then. I wanted to do it on June 23 originally, but that isn't good for one of the hostesses. Anyway, the plan is to do it as an "Open House" setting, because of the number of people who want to be invited. My mom has 18 friends alone who are itching to come to the shower! If all is going well at home, I'll be able to take the boys with me to the shower. :-)
There's no real news to report about our travel time frame. We got our Visa's back last week, so the earliest we can enter Vietnam is June 6th. We have papers at the SOS right now, which will hopefully arrive back here in the next day or so, so we can get them off to the Embassy. Those papers are the only thing holding up our travel (or rather, could hold up our travel since we can't leave before June 5th.).
Monday, May 7, 2007
C over letter Original Passport Visa application form - Dan Filled out and signed Passport photo attached Money Orders $150 total Completed checklist at bottom of application Visa application form - Shannon Filled out and signed Passport photo attached Money Orders $150 total Completed checklist at bottom of application Money Orders $70 - Memo line: Visa Fee - Daniel $80 - Memo line: Multi-entries processing fee - Daniel $70 - Memo line: Visa Fee - Shannon $80 - Memo line: Multi-entries processing fee - Shannon Pre-paid return envelope - Use US Express Mail, US Certified Mail, or Priority Mail, with delivery confirmation Mail to: EMBASSY of
Referral Acceptance Letter - Original Signed and notarized - 5/5/07 Faxed to agency 5/6/07 confirmation of receipt 8:42am, 5/7/07 Photo Release Form Signed Attach letter stating our decision will be amended after our return trip Travel Form Filled out Power of Attorney - 4 originals Sign and print name only Commitment Letter - 8 originals Sign and print name only Letter to the DIA stating we are honored to accept the referral - 2 original Sign - not necessary to have notarized FedEx all documents to agency
12 photocopies of passport signature page - to do before sending passports with Visa Application Photocopy each document, for our records
- Begin making travel arrangements
- Call doctor office to request an updated medical letter
- Have Medical letter notarized
- Certified by the SOS
- Authenticated by the Embassy
Travel Route for this afternoon: Central FloridaEducator's Credit Union Certified Check for Country Fee $300 Cash for Visa Fees Amscot (You're okay with us!) FedEx/Kinko's Starbucks USPS
- JC Penney's
- Babie's R Us
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Yesterday, I was so...I dunno... We signed our acceptance letter for our referral about 9:15am. Then it was off to the VN restaurant close to the bank to celebrate with Vietnamese egg rolls. A quick trip to Lowes followed, and then we were home again. I spent much of the late morning/early afternoon on the phone with friends and family. About 2pm I crashed on the couch with a Lost DVD, and just sat there. We had dinner with family last night, and got home around 10pm. It was back on the phone with more family last night, sending a few e-mails to those who should be told individually (as opposed to a mass e-mail), and in bed about midnight. I took two Tylenol and two Benedryl, and actually got some sleep.
Today we went to church, and then I went to the grocery store. This afternoon? I've just sat at the computer or on the couch, just completely and totally overwhelmed.
My stomach is in a constant state of flip-flops, and I don't even know where to begin. We have SO much to do in such a short period of time. I wish we knew a travel date, and while we don't have one yet, we're working off of the hope that our paperwork is accurate in telling us to get our Visa, and date it one month from referral acceptance. That means we could travel as early as June 5th! Holy cow. That's like 30 days from now. Do you know how much stuff we have to do???? I just don't know what to do first.
Instead of doing ANYTHING today, I have spent the afternoon playing and losing multiple hands of Gin on Yahoo. I can't even follow the game closely enough to play it!
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Twins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Saturday, May 5, 2007
If you're looking at this picture and wondering what the heck it's all about...well...hold on to your hats! We got our referral on Thursday!
Despite the outfit colors, you are looking at twin boys. Right now their names are Vinh (left) and Thanh (right). They were born on January 19, 2007, so they are three and a half months old as of today.
We are thrilled to report that as of this morning, we have officially accepted the referral. Keep checking for more information as soon as we get over the shock of this amazing news!
Friday, May 4, 2007
I was working on dinner, and sliced the heck out of my finger. It bled like crazy...
We went to the urgent care center and they did steri strips (my request) instead of stitches. It hurts like crazy, and is all swollen/bruised. :-(
Thursday, May 3, 2007
We uploaded the pictures and medicals to the UM website, with a plea that they be looked at quickly, and that we hear from them ASAP. With receiving the referral on a Thursday, we were a bit concerned that the clock would be ticking on our acceptance/denial (we'd been hearing that people needed to respond within three days, which would have put us in the middle of the weekend). I did this at 1:30pm today.
I walked in the door at 5:02pm, and Dan was on the phone with the doctor. His words were: "These are beautiful baby boys. I don't see any reason why you wouldn't accept this referral. Congratuations." Such great words! We asked tons of questions, and he eased our minds about everything.
We spent the evening in Tampa watching the Minnesota Twins get beaten by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. How ironic that we were watching a Twins game while discussing our referral of twins! It hit me in the middle of the game...I turned to Dan and said, "Oh no! TWO baseball players!" He thought this was SOOOOOOO funny.
We have decided to accept the referral, but can't do it officially until our Referral Accpetance packet comes in the mail. It should arrive on Friday.
So, instead of hitting the gym, I checked my e-mail. There was this very nonchalant message from Bonnie, our coordinator:
Good morning Shannon and Dan,
Uhm, yes! We're interested. I replied immediately asking for further information, medical and such. I didn't even ask Dan first, since he was on the phone for work. We have read over all the information, written back and forth with Bonnie a bit to find out what some of it means (since all the medicals are in Vietnamese/French), and now we are anxiously awaiting a phone call from a doctor with the University of Minnesota International Adoption clinic. We're hoping for good news!