We Really Seem to Be Doing This

So much has happened this week.

Was it just yesterday that we got the first phone call? I think it was. I came home to hear: Hi there, and congratulations! You’ve been approved by our agency to adopt an infant under 12 months old with no known medical issues.

(There are various levels of approval, all having to do with age, that determine how young a kid you can get.

CCAI (Get used to that acronym, it’s our adoption agency) emailed us a packet of get-started documents and some contracts to sign. I had them notarized today and unless work runs right over me tomorrow I’ll get them to the post office.

I also did the intake interview with our social work agency today, and we’ll have our first visit scheduled by early next week.

For the third time so far I’ve answered the questions:
— Have you ever been arrested?
— Have you ever been treated for drugs or alcohol?
— Have you ever received psychiatric treatment?
— Have you had any surgery, been hospitalized or do you take any perscription medicine?
— Have you ever been accused of child abuse or neglect?

Thank the heavens that I was able to give an honest “no” to all of the above (minor surgery like tonsils and wisdom teeth can be omitted.) They tell you that a “yes” doesn’t mean you’re definitely eliminated, but I wouldn’t want to make a bet on that. China is hugely (appropriately) protective of these babies and the official policy seems to be “Take No Chances.”

Remind me that I think it’s all appropriate and justified when I’m trying to get fingerprint and other records from four different states, as well as elaborately certified and notarized financial and personal documents and, for all I know, birth certificates for our cats and lie detector tests on dead ancestors.

Does that sound like complaining? It’s not. I’m over the moon. I wonder how long I can subsist on the fantasy of “Gotcha Day.” (That’s another one to remember.)

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Sometimes the stars just shine a little brighter and I can actually hear the bluebird of happiness singing. This is one of those times. I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to hear more and more about your progress.

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  2. Sometimes the stars just shine a little brighter and I can actually hear the bluebird of happiness singing. This is one of those times. I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to hear more and more about your progress.

    Reply

  3. Sometimes the stars just shine a little brighter and I can actually hear the bluebird of happiness singing. This is one of those times. I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to hear more and more about your progress.

    Reply

  4. Does Damon have to answer those questions? Because, he taught my kid how to say “Two dollar drafts.” 🙂
    I’m so thrilled for you two! And when she arrives, I’m coming to NY to meet her – or you all need to stop by Atlanta to show her off!

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  5. Does Damon have to answer those questions? Because, he taught my kid how to say “Two dollar drafts.” 🙂
    I’m so thrilled for you two! And when she arrives, I’m coming to NY to meet her – or you all need to stop by Atlanta to show her off!

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    • He threatened to do the same here, but I told him he needs some new material.
      And believe me, I am confident I will be happy to show her off when she gets here.

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    • He threatened to do the same here, but I told him he needs some new material.
      And believe me, I am confident I will be happy to show her off when she gets here.

      Reply

  6. Does Damon have to answer those questions? Because, he taught my kid how to say “Two dollar drafts.” 🙂
    I’m so thrilled for you two! And when she arrives, I’m coming to NY to meet her – or you all need to stop by Atlanta to show her off!

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  7. This is so exciting!

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  8. This is so exciting!

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  9. This is so exciting!

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  10. Thank you, my friend.

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  11. He threatened to do the same here, but I told him he needs some new material.
    And believe me, I am confident I will be happy to show her off when she gets here.

    Reply

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