Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Do You Want Some Ketchup and Mustard With That?

I just had to share something cute that S said this weekend. M is still in the nursery, where there is his toddler bed and the crib (because Stu was too lazy to take it down once M was out of it.) So this weekend I decided it was time to move M's toddler bed to S's room so they can start learning how to share a room (i.e., sleep in the same room together, peacefully) before we bring HotDog home. S came up and saw the nursery and got the biggest smile on his face. I asked why he was so excited (naively thinking he was happy to share his room with M) and he turned to me and said, "We have room for five cribs now so when you go to Russia you can bring five HotDogs home!" I didn't have the heart to dampen his happiness so I just nodded my head and said "We'll see."
Can you imagine that plane ride home?!?!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Who Am I Kidding?

There is no way I want to wait until summer is over to go and meet my daughter. I want to get on a plane RIGHT NOW and fly to Astrakhan. I guess hearing that we're so close to getting a referral, coupled with the fact that I've been talking to two families who will be heading to Astrakhan in just a few of weeks, has made me realize how excited I am to be so close to meeting my little girl. All of my previous patience and zen-like attidue is gone. Stu just rolls his eyes at me and says that I'll change my mind tomorrow. But I don't think so. I WANT TO MEET MY HOT DOG!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Rested and relaxed...sort of

S. and I had a wonderful vacation. The weather was perfect; we spent our days at the beach, our afternoons at the pool, and nights with hanging out with my grandmother. A good time was had by all. S. did get a bit homesick by the last couple of days; he missed M. more than I expected (although I suspect that was forgotten within 30 minutes of seeing each other when they began fighting over the same toy). It was a great getaway, and it's really nice to be home with Stu and M. again.
This vacation gave a glimpse of how much I love summer with the boys - playing outside, swimming, picnics, the zoo, etc. I actually caught myself being excited about not getting a referral until after summer. But when I got back home and checked my email, I found that our region is moving pretty quickly again. We are currently #4 in line for a girl in our region (with our agency) and it's been stuck that way since December. Well, I found out that the #1 and #2 couples ahead of us have travel dates for their first trips. That moves us up to #2 in line for a girl, with a possible referral as early as May. Suddenly I'm ready to hop on the next plane and meet our daughter. My level of anxiousness just increased exponentially now that we could get a referral in just a month or two. We're still not sure what we are going to do (in regards to waiting or not) but with the recent developments, we need to come up with a decision soon. So much for the feeling of relaxation I achieved on my vacation!

I also wanted to send a congratulations out to J., my co-worker and friend who is leaving today to pick up her daughter in China. I can't wait to hear the good news that S. is finally in your arms.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane...

This will be be last post for at least a week. Tomorrow morning S. and I are heading to Florida!! I can't wait to soak up the sunshine and get a little R&R with my favorite 4-year-old. While I hate that poor Stu and M. are being left at home, I'm sure they'll have a good time, watching basketball (Go Cats!), and taking lots of naps. I really think M. will enjoy having some one-on-one time with Daddy.
When we get back, Stu and I will talk to our coordinator and come up with a decision on whether to hold back our dossier until late summer. We're definitely leaning towards that and I'm really looking foward to a fun summer with the boys.
I'll update when we return. Adios!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

No news is....no news

Things seem to be moving very slow in our region right now. And surprisingly, we're really okay with this (or at least I am; I think Stu would jump on a plane tomorrow if we got the call). When we turned in our dossier we expected to be traveling around this time, based on our previous adoptions and with the most recent families in Astrakhan. Now it looks like it could be June before we travel on the first trip. There are still a lot of other families in front of us that need to get referrals before it's our turn. I can't complain about that because it means more of the kids will be joining families.
So if it looks like we won't be going on our first trip until June, we're tossing around the idea of holding back our dossier and waiting until September"ish" to travel. Don't worry, it would be before they matched us with a child - we would never leave our little girl in an orphanage for a day longer than necessary. We would just let them know to put other families ahead of us for a few months. Our rationale for this is that if we're going to be waiting for at least 3 more months, what's another 2 months after that? We'll get to spend the entire summer with S. and M., just hanging out and doing what we want, without the stress of impending travel, etc. And S. is a child that thrives on routine. He'll be starting a 4-year-old program in the fall and be going to school every morning, 5 days a week...sniff, sniff. I would hate to be gone for a lot of the summer, bring home a new baby sister, and then have him start school all within a span of 3 months. I think he would have a horrible time with all of the change. Plus, little M. could definitely use more time as the baby of the family.
Those are our thoughts right now. We won't make any decisions until April, once we see how the region is progressing. Of course, a million things could change. But the thought of a carefree summer with the boys does sound awfully appealing!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

My Pet Peeve

Okay, this post will be short and sweet but this is something that has been bugging me a lot lately.
We live in a small town where everybody knows everybody and there are no secrets. It has its advantages and disadvantages. Most of the time I appreciate the fact that it's such a close community. However, we're known as the family that has "those two boys from Russia." Seriously, whenever I go into town (okay, how country does that sound??), I get at least one comment from someone about our boys being adopted or being from Russia or both. Not that we mind that everyone knows this. We're very proud of the fact that we adopted our children from Russia, and would never want them to feel ashamed of that fact. And we absolutely don't mind volunteering the fact that we adopted the boys from Russia if it happens to come up in natural conversation. I just don't get why that's the first descriptive out of everybody's mouths. Why can't we be the family with those two adorable boys, or even the family with the son that always wears boots (S.) and the little wild one (M.)?
Last night we were at an event and I went up to introduce myself. Once they heard my last name their first response was "You're the one with the two Russian boys." Arrrgghhh. I mean, it's not like I would go around describing my niece as having come from her mother's uterus. I realize that adoption is a special, and fairly uncommon, thing in our area. But I hate that my boys and family are constantly labeled with that fact.
Okay, enough ranting. I guess that wasn't so short or sweet.