Hello beautiful. In my last adoption post, I shared the crazy process of completing all of our paperwork, background checks, and fingerprinting to become paper ready for the adoption. The next big step was to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. The waiting can be the most difficult part of the adoption process. While we were incredibly excited about finally starting our family, we had no idea how long it would take. The wait varies depending on where you’re adopting from and your specific program. All we knew was the approximate number of families ahead of us waiting and that the program had slowed down a bit.
So, what do you do during this time of waiting?! As a waiting mommy, my instinct was to create the most precious nursery for our baby, pick out all of the baby gear, and start shopping for baby clothes! Well, this is the last thing they recommend waiting parents doing! Why? It’s mostly because you just don’t know how long it will take and what the needs of your child will be. Although I didn’t make any big purchases during this time, I did have everything picked out- the beautiful sleigh crib, the futuristic stroller, and all of the decor for the nursery. I must admit, I did buy a few things- I couldn’t resist the baby clothes! Knowing we were going to adopt a baby girl, I went crazy over all the precious baby clothes. If I found anything that resembled anything Japanese for a baby, I would get that too.
My hubby and I were incredibly anxious and excited so we had to do something to fill the time or we were going to go crazy. We decided to enjoy every minute of our time together before our little cherry blossom would arrive. Speaking of which, it was during this time that we came up with referring to our baby as our little cherry blossom. It somehow lessened the pain of not knowing how long the wait would be. During this time, we went out to dinner, enjoyed time with friends, traveled, attended food and wine events, flew in helicopters, went on hot air balloon rides, enjoyed restful nights, and worked hard on my husband’s business. We definitely took advantage of traveling- we went to New York with friends, Europe (where we got to see old friends and meet up with others), the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and traveled to see some pretty amazing tennis matches.
One of the tennis matches we planned to travel for was an exhibition match in Portland, Oregon in which Federer, Nadal, Sharapova, and Azarenka played. Since we had never been to that part of the country, we decided to make a week long trip out of it. Our adoption agency was located in Washington state so we also made plans to drive up to meet them and spend some time in Seattle. A few days before we left on our trip, I called our adoption agency to verify which day would be best to meet them. While on the phone with them they had some pretty exciting news to tell me…..