Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Niko!!!

Mum and Dad are coming to get you this year. Hopefully very soon. We love you and hope we get the call to come and get you in the next couple of weeks :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Trying to stay encouraged

Well, we still haven't heard anything yet and it is becoming harder and harder to stay encouraged. I know we will eventually get him, but we were told it might be any day, so our hopes got too high. I guess it will be next year before we hear anything. This is definitely the most excruciating time in the whole process, because you know he is only a bit of paperwork and a phone call away. And yet it takes forever!!! My case worker has been so great and the agency we are going through has also been awesome, it's just hard to not know what we are still waiting for. Other agencies are saying that their parents may have to wait until February before they can bring their babies home. I SO hope we don't have to wait that long. I worry that the longer Niko stays there, the more attached he becomes to his Foster Mother and the harder it will be for him to transition with us. I guess there is nothing we can do about it so we shouldn't stress, but it's hard!!!

I wonder if he had a good Christmas day and whether they had a tree. I feel awful because we haven't been able to really send them anything except photos. I hope she doesn't feel that we don't care about her as i haven't even sent photos. My thinking was that we were going to be seeing them soon anyway and i have a bunch of gifts for her. I hate unknowns!!!!! (Please excuse the griping) Every adoptive parent goes through this stage because you are so close and yet you don't know HOW close you are. So if you are planning on ever being an adoptive parent, please be prepared for a LOT of waiting. The reward is worth it, but your patience is definitely tested :)

Keeping my fingers crossed for the call very soon.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Still Waiting!!!

Well it is two days away from Christmas and we still have not heard from Korea. So i am thinking we will definitely not get Niko until January. I'm a little sad, but there's nothing we can do about it so we are going to try and go about business as usual. We will be thinking of him Christmas Day and wondering what he is doing and whether his foster mother has a Christmas tree and what he might have gotten for Christmas. I wish we could have sent him something, but we can't send care packages through this agency. He'll be home soon enough and we will be able to celebrate then :)

*** Sleep tight my little boy. Mummy loves you!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Spirit

It's been hard to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Not because we are agonizing, waiting for Niko, but because we are so busy getting everything else ready and working a full time job that i have no energy to put a Christmas tree up and figure out where to put it in our tiny condo. So it is going to be all things as usual at our house I'm afraid. Maybe next year we will finally be able to get a tree and decorations up :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy 8th Month Birthday Niko!!!

Our son turned 8 months old today. Hope he is having a wonderful day with his foster mother.
We love you sweet boy :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My new Converse shoes to celebrate Niko!!!

OK, so if you know me well, you know i am a bit of a Converse freak!!!! I couldn't resist designing my own Converse through to celebrate Niko. They turned out awesome and i just HAD to show you :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

One thing i know for sure...

Is that you always think you are just waiting on THE CALL, and they neglect to tell you that your I600 Approval is only one of about 4 more things that have to happen before you do. So since we got the I600 approval, we have had to be logged into the National Visa Center and then logged out. Then they have to send notification to the U.S. Embassy in Korea so that they can schedule a Visa Physical and a separate Visa Interview. Once those are done, which can take a month, then the findings are sent to another unit and the Travel Certificate is issued... THEN you get the call!!! There's still a ways to go. I'm hoping this will all happen in record breaking speed and Niko will be home with us soon. It's exhausting not knowing when and how things are supposed to happen.

Tim and I went shopping today to buy our gifts for the foster mother and others who will and have worked with us. It is traditional in Korea to give gifts and we have thought long and hard about what to buy. You must buy American products as so many are made in China or Korea. So here is what we bought to represent our home. I have also drawn a picture of a Koi Fish & Lotus flower for the Foster Mother.