Friday, July 28, 2006

November in November?!

I have heard this before – but man I just loved reading it on RQ today! (Yeah, I know … promises, promises!)

There is a post out there from someone with a November LID (like us!) who says that BLAS told them that they will get their referral in November (Yeah baby!). Apparently BLAS is thinking that they will get through August with the next batch, and then September and October aren’t that big, and then they do November. (Please, please let it be true!)

I’m filing this one in the “too good to be true” file for now. (Now why would you do that RQ!?)

But, ya know what? The last time I didn’t believe something BLAS said (about the move and delayed travel back on 7/11), it was true. (Whohoo!)

BLAS = Bridge of Love Adoption Services – translation and travel company that shares a building with the CCAA
CCAA = China Centre of Adoption Affairs – the people who are reviewing our file and will match us with Naomi!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Stork Alert?

Well it’s almost official – rumors are that referrals have been mailed out and include up to July 13. Congratulations to those people who are awaiting their referrals. For the rest of us we stew and think about the meaning of having only another half month of referrals. I suppose it could be due to the move in China. Do I dare let myself believe that they will go to full months next month? Or do I just resign myself to believing that 18 months is an accurate forecast?

Is it just me or is it getting harder to be positive these days? Last night at MNO (mom’s night out) there was talk that it is official that if you are referred a child from Guangdong province that you are going to be there for 3 weeks. Okay, so that means saving an extra week of vacation - just in case – which means no summer vacation for those of us who work for a company whose fiscal year ends June 30?

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A little of this and a little of that ...

A big thank you to my not-so-secret pal Tracy for the adorable hair accessories and books!!!

Today we had a great time at the beach picnic even thought it was cut short by the rain ... here's Francis "chillin" quite literally ... :o)

If you want to know why I was crying over some mail on Friday, visit my 100 wishes page.

Lisa, this one's for you, I took it at the lake last weekend. They are all the same arn't they? He loves those darn goggles, rain or shine!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Picnic at the beach

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Our adoption group is holding a picnic at a local beach tomorrow. I was one of the first to sign up because I love these social gatherings. I suppose I’m going to have to wear a bathing suit in public. Uggg. I love Cathy, this says it all!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The guessing game

Okay, Okay I get it … hmmmmmmmm …. Think positive thoughts.

Ok, how about a positive-scenario guess?

Here is my (positive, yet realistic) guess for the next couple of months until my LID:

-I believe that the next batch of referrals will include June 29– July 13 but we won’t get them until the beginning of August because of the move.

-Then, beginning of September we might see July 14 – August 14 because August is supposed to be smaller. Yes I am guessing a full month here people .... see, positive!

-Then, at the beginning of October we might get August 15– September 15 because August and September are smaller. Another full month ... I hope!

the beginning of November we could get September 16 – October 7 2 weeks of September because it’s smaller and 1 of October because October is bigger.

-Then the beginning of December we could get October 8 – October 22 October is big so they may only do 2 weeks.

-Then at the beginning of January they could do October 22 – November 6th 2 weeks still for large October/ November.

-The end of January is a holiday so a delay of 1 week.

-Then mid February we may get November 7 – November 21st 2 weeks for a large November. ***this would include my LID of 07/11/05*** (15 months)

-Add 6-8 weeks for travel and we are at end of March – early April for travel (the same as when I went to get Francis!)

This is just a wild guess, but it seems to me that this is my most believable scenario according to what I have seen and heard. Anyone else care do try this exercise? Anything I missed, suggestions, ideas, etc?

Also, I am hearing that people with December LIDs are being asked questions about their dossier from the CCAA – so November must be just about cleared – Whoooohoooo!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Have you seen this?

Our prediction for LID 2005-11-07
Our best guess - a weighted average of recent CCAA velocities, guessing that CCAA will perform about as well in the future as they are performing now, but might return to previous trends:


Since China generally sends out referrals in a batch about once per month, your referral date could easily vary +/- one month depending on whether you just get included or just get missed in a particular batch.
(There is some discussion of the math behind these estimates on another page.)

Happy Birthday Dad!

Hope you are having a great birthday!

Saturday, July 15, 2006


I couldn't resist sharing this adorable photo of my little guy. He had a game this morning where they got creamed 11-3 but it was all in good fun. Here he is enjoying his post game popcicle.

Merci Chantal!

My friend Chantal surprised me with this adorable little outfit on Friday night. Turns out she figured that I am now crazy for anything with ladybugs on it. (Go figure!) The writing on the chest says: Estelle Mademoiselle Coccinelle et ses amis which is French for Estelle Ms. Ladybug and her friends - but the words all ryhme in French. I just love the little matching hatthat completes the outfit!

Friday, July 14, 2006

No longer in my happy place

Somehow I knew it was too good to be true. The latest from RQ is that there is talk of the wait extending to 2 years! I really hope that one is just a rumor because I really can’t handle a 2 year wait! My agency just sent out an email confirming that the CCAA will be closed for 2-3 weeks for moving. Haven’t we heard this before … didn’t they move not long ago? Also, the latest is that referrals are going only to July 13 but will only be sent out AFTER the move. This means that the current wait time of 12-13 months will be extended to 13-14 months.

The cherry on top of the Sunday is that our agency just notified us that there will be a new procedure for those adopting from Giangdong (Guangdong?) province:
>Beginning August 1st, Guangdong Province has instituted a new requirement that families who are adopting from Guangdong Province must receive their child's adoption certificate before applying for their passport. This means that families who are adopting from Guangdong Province will need to be in Guangzhou for 5 business days to receive their child's adoption certificate and another 5 business days to receive their child's passport. This new regulation will lengthen the adoption portion of their trip to China from 11-12 nights to 16-17 nights and of course increase adoption expenses accordingly.<

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Secret pal book swap

I received packages 2 days in a row which has put me in a great mood! These adorable books are from Debi. I love the cute polka dot wrapping paper she used it made it really feel like a prezzie!

Thanks Debi, you sure put a smile on my face! :o)

Secret pal hair accessories swap

I received the cutest hair accessories from Brandi as part of a swap I signed up for to help keep me busy during the wait. Aren't these adorable! I'm sorry but I forget the name of this character - can someone remind me what her name is?

Thank you Brandi, you made my day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Good Rumors!

I just saw that RQ said that the CCAA is in Australia at the moment. Someone with a November LID asked how much longer the wait would be and their response was 4 months! Since our LID is November too, I really hope that they are right and we only have 4 months to go! Who hooo!! This would keep with what that have been saying all along - that they are trying to keep the wait at 12 months!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

7 things TAG

I have been tagged by Debbie of The Gallant Family Adopt.I'll do the best I can... its 7 sets of answers to 7 questions.Before I start here are the 7 I'm Tagging Dawn, Doris, Melissa, Lisa, Stephe, Gen and Julie W.

7 Things I'd like to do before I die.
1. Get through this adoption and maybe one more after that
2. See the world (travel)
3. Take a cruise
4. Get a university degree
5. Figure out what I want to do with my life!
6. Own a cottage on a lake
7. Raise my children to be happy and loving

7 things I cannot do
1. Get up in the morning (uggg)
2. Sing
3. Speak in public without turning beet red
4. whistle with my fingers
5. Not worry
6. play an instrument
7. type properly with all my fingers

7 things I can do
1. draw
2. decorate
3. bake / cook
4. encourage
5. talk a lot! :o)
6. sew
7. learn

7 things that attracted me to my Husband
1. His mysteriousness
2. His self confidence
3. His blue eyes
4. the way he made me feel
5. The fact that he was sporty
6. He wasn’t into the bar scene
7. His intelligence

7 things I say often
1. OMG!
2. I’m wiped out
3. un-fricken believable!
4. Oh no you’re not!
6. please/thanks
7. Hellllloooooooo???!!

7 Books I Love
1. My French/English dictionary (I’d be lost without it)
2. My Dr. Weiss cookbook
3. Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture book
4. Francis’ Adoption Diary
5. Naomi’s Adoption Diary
6. I love you like Crazy Cakes (*sniff*)
7. Walter the Farting Dog (ha ha!)

7 Movies I Love
1. Father of the bride
2. Trains, Planes and Automobiles
3. Bridget Jones Diary
4. Star Wars movies
5. Lost Girls of China (not quite a movie – but still … )
6. Madagascar (I like to move, it move it ...)
7. Mulan

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Thank you secret pal!

Last month I started-up a new secret pal swap for those of us who joined our (Nov) DTC group late and missed out on the original SP swap. On Friday,I received my first gift from my secret pal. I came home from work to find a package at my front door! I couldn't get out of my car fast enough - I couldn't wait to see what was inside! Francis noticed me coming in with the box and helped me open it. There were a bunch of little packages wrapped up like presents! I had so much fun opening each one and oohing and ahhing over every item. The picture here doesn't do the items justice. There is an adorable pink terry-cloth swimsuit cover-up, a pair of jean shorts with a cute purple t-shirt, a 3 piece set of pants/shorts/t-shirt with ice cream designs and a 4-pack of frilly girly socks. She also sent Francis a puzzle and she sent me 3 pages of really nice scrapbook stickers! Thank you secret pal for the lovely gifts - you obviously have wonderful taste and are very generous! I hope that you are being as well spoiled as you have spoiled me!

Friday, July 07, 2006

8 months since LID!!!

So we're 8 months down and really hope to get a referral within the next 4-6 months. This is what I expect for the moment but it may be longer just as it may be shorter. Part of me just can't wait and part of me is somehow ok with the wait. I think that if I got a proposal today I would feel a bit unprepared still. Unprepared physically, emotionally and financially. I am counting on the next 4 or so months to really begin to prepare myself. I am a planner by nature so I won't feel ready until I can see that everything is done such as the nursery and the shopping for the necessities for the trip. In some ways I am dragging things out because I know that when the nursery is done, the stroller is (finally) chosen, the house is baby-proofed, the diapers and formula and meds are bought and the suitcases are ready I will begin to feel the intense pain of waiting.
In the meantime, I will shop. Yesterday I found these adorable shoes on sale. The burgundy ones were $3.99 and the black ones (Buster Browns) were $9.99! I just couldn't resist even though I know that I will be buying plenty of squeeky shoes in China!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Toilet Talk

I was reading Stephe's post on squatty potties and I started to comment on what she wrote. Well, my response was so long that I thought it would make a good topic to post. So I am shamelessly copying one of my favorite blogs Georgia Danette.

I encountered my first squatty potty while I was in Russia a few years ago. Somehow I always thought it was going to be really gross ... but actually it was fairly clean. A bunch of us were at a restaurant and when I got up to find the washroom, 3 others from our group got up to go too. We got to the bathroom and we realized we were going to have to use the squatties for the first time. Well, there were short swinging saloon-type doors on each stall but they were really only big enough to hide your unclothed areas – so basically from the waist up there was no door. There were 4 stalls facing each other. When we realized that we could see each other squatting we all started roaring laughing. We were all new at this and to have someone directly across from you doing the same thing well, it was so freekin’ hilarious that we could barely get the job done.

Speaking of bathrooms, I also learned something else about toilets in Russia. I was at the GUM, a very high end shopping plaza in Red Square where I made my way to the washrooms. They had regular toilets here but they had no seat and no toilet paper – but there were actual stall doors. The doors had no lock but they managed to stay closed anyways for some reason. When it was my turn I had an awful time keeping the door from swinging (outward) and squatting at the same time. It was only when I came out to wash my hands that I learned what the locals do. They put their hands at the bottom of the door to hold the door shut which helps them also maintain their squatty position! Pretty interesting eh?

Ooooo my back!

Well I managed to hurt my back again. I have no idea how this happens. Maybe it was because I lugged a mattress and box spring up to the second floor .... ? Last night I was tossing and turning because it was hurting so much even with a dose of Advil. Luckily, I managed to secure an early appointment with my Chiro - Dr. Scott. I have been seeing him since I was about 15! Anywhoo ... looks like another pinched nerve. Great. You know, all I keep thinking is how am I going to carry Naomi around? I bought a baby carrier and made sure that it fit both me and hubby but I really want to be able to carry her around to help the bonding process. I have visions of myself carrying her up the steps of the Great Wall and not being able to make it - not because I am out of shape because I am working on that - but because my back. How can it be that I am only 36 and I am already falling apart!? It's just so frustrating!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I’m Baaaaaack!

Ok, I took a little vacation from blogging but I am back. Back to work, back to my routine. So, for a bit of catch-up …

On July 1st we had out annual Canada Day BBQ which was a total blast! On Sunday we went to Ottawa for a birthday party – my friend’s daughter celebrated her first birthday! Her real birthday was yesterday so today she’s 1year & 1day! Happy birthday Aislinn!!! Yesterday we spent the day at the beach which was so nice and relaxing!!!