December was a busy month for our adoption process – we completed our books and mailed them in (like I shared before) AND we completed our home study! EEKS!
What this boils down to is two home visits with our social worker, 36 hours of classes (we got to do our last 3 classes online so we finished up earlier than we thought – yay!), filling out and turning in a GIANT stack of paperwork.
For the first visit I cleaned my house from top to bottom -more to satisfy my own neuroticism than because I thought she’d actually care. Like Bryan said “The stakes are high.” She walked through our house and looked in all our rooms… but probably didn’t care that I scrubbed the back of the oven:) The second visit, I cleaned and straightened up, but was a little more relaxed. Which is a good things, since she didn’t leave our dining room.
Our second visit was the 27th. It was a little bit of crazy timing to finish everything around Christmas, but it was a huge relief to be DONE! So now… we’re done with our part. The social workers are showing our books to birth moms and we could be hearing that there is a birth mom who wants to meet with us anytime! It’s a little wild because we could get matched with a birth mom during pregnancy or we could get a call that there has been a baby already born in the hospital. We basically say we’re kind of pregnant, we just don’t know if we’re 4 weeks, or 39 weeks. :) We’ve got a somewhat specific timeline we’re hoping in our minds, but we’re thinking we’ll get our baby sometime in the spring or summer!
The adoption process is a bit crazy because it’s the definition of ‘hurry up and wait.’ There is a TON to do in the beginning with classes and background checks and paperwork. Then when the home study is complete there is NOTHING to do. I’ve been working on the nursery and getting the room ready, but adoption wise all we can do is wait and pray. Appreciate all your love as you wait and pray with us!