Brett and I are what the adoption world calls "paperwork pregnant". We have actually been paperwork pregnant for several months as we have moved through all the steps of this long process.
I am proud to say that it is now more or less out of our hands. We have finished all of our end of the paperwork and submitted it to the agency. We also have gotten approved to adopt via our home study and are just waiting on the final report. The agency is now working on our "profile". This profile is a collection of our thoughts on a variety of questions and pictures we took and collected. Their media specialists put it together to look really nice and then it is posted online on the agencies page. It is also sent out to birth mothers that we are a potential match with based on criteria that we filled out in the last round of paperwork. These birth mothers will get to view about 15-20 potential matches for them and then choose one.
Once our profile is active, we will let everyone know the website so they can check out what we look like "on paper".
The last step of this "paperwork" process is for us to complete a video that will be seen as part of our profile online. We can still become "active" before the video is finished. The agency is in the process of sending us the video kit so we can create our clips for them to put together into a 5 minute snapshot of us and our life.
We went out to celebrate one step completed last weekend by going out for a really nice dinner and then going into our first baby store as potential parents. I have to say that we were incredibly overwhelmed and anyone who has kids can relate to us about their "first time" as well. Fortunately, I have incredible friends and they have helped me out by going back to the store and educating me on everything I will need in the beginning.
I want to acknowledge Brett in this whole process. He has been so supportive and aware of my feelings. I couldn't ask for a better husband and a better future daddy! :)
Thanks so everyone in our life for their support and comfort. We couldn't do this without you!
More to come about the waiting part of this process...