So, where to start. Let's start here....we are no longer a family of 5, but are working on becoming a family of 7!!!!!!!!! We're in process to adopt again from Ethiopia AND we're also expecting a "belly baby" end of October!
With Abel's adoption we were approved for 2 children, but obviously we just brought home 1 child. After some discussion with our agency, they approved us to immediately go back on the waitlist, rolling Abel's paperwork over into the next adoption. We were excited and ready for another adoption. Then, a few weeks later we found out we were pregnant! There was a small window of time where we could have accepted a referral and brought a child home, avoiding the end of pregnancy and birth. We also could have used all the same paperwork. But, that time has now passed with no referral, so we're officially "on hold" until our belly baby is 3 months old. This means we should be coming off of hold in February sometime. And, depending where we are on the waitlist, a referral could be quickly after that or quite a few months off yet. We'll have to wait and see. Unfortunately, we do have to update all our paperwork now too, boo. Homestudy update's done and we're currently working with USCIS on immigration stuff. And then soon, we'll start on a new dossier. How are we here again???? LOL!
Belly baby's due October 26th. We're gonna let this one be a surprise:). I'm about 24 weeks along and feeling really good now. The first trimester was hard with Abel having just come home and feeling so icky and tired. But, it was also a sweet time of finally having Abel home and sharing the joy of expecting new life in our family. And a very special time of rejoicing in God's faithfulness and goodness to our family the past few years.
We have some exciting news about Abel to share, but I think I'll leave that for next time. Another adoption and a pending birth is enough excitement for today, right? Abel's doing great and we've been having a really good adjustment. It's had it's ups and downs, but going on 6 months home is feeling really good these days! With M and H, 6 months home was a real turning point. It seemed every 3 months felt like a huge victory in adjustment, bonding/attachment, and things just starting to feel more and more natural. Abel is a super happy and easygoing baby. I'll leave you with some pictures of the past few months.
|This was from Easter and is the best family picture we have since Abel's come home. New family photos is a priority this summer!|
|Abel is seriously so happy! It's crazy to think he could barely hold his head up when he came home. He's now crawling all over the place!|