April 17, 2009

We got an update already!

We were so excited to have already gotten an update on our sweet girl. The director of our agency was visiting Ethiopia last week and brought back an update for everyone with referrals - how wonderful is that? Now we have pictures of our little beauty in a consecutive row - 5 months, 6 months and 7 months. She is getting to be quite chunky which is wonderful since she was only 9 lbs when she was brought into the center at 5 months! Her hair is growing in now and it looks like it will be really pretty, soft and curly. Her eyelashes are super long. She wasn't smiling in any of the three pictures we received. She looked a little confused - like what are you doing? The pictures also were not straight on. They were of her profile which was kind of disappointing but she is still beautiful nonetheless. It looks like her health is well - she is being treated for a skin infection which is that spot on her chin that we noticed in her first picture. As far as her milestones, it looks like she is right on target for her age. She is rolling over and trying to crawl. She is also babbling and likes to play with her toys. The report did say that although she would smile when she played with her toys, she is a bit "reserved." Poor baby is going to have to get over that since nothing about her big brother is reserved. I e-mailed our agency to see if we can get her most recent height and weight but they were unable to help me as they did not have this information either. They said we will continue to receive updates on our little one. If the information is not in the next couple of updates they will contact Ethiopia for us. Especially as we get closer to court/travel. So I will hold off buying her any clothes right now until we get a little closer.

We are putting together a family album for her that our agency will forward to Ethiopia for us. We also are trying to get our shots done but have to wait a couple weeks since the local travel clinic has no more yellow fever vaccinations and they don't expect anymore in until the end of the month. No biggie as long as we get them 6 weeks before we leave we will be fine. No more news on when we will get her yet. We will have a better idea when we get our court date. It looks like most families wait anywhere from 9 weeks to 17 weeks to go to court and then they would travel about 2 - 4 weeks later. I am still guessing our court date will be sometime in July and we will travel in August if we pass the first time. One out of five families do not pass the first time and have to wait another 4 to 6 weeks for another court date. I am praying this doesn't happen but I am also preparing myself for the possibility. At least we know our sweet little girl seems to be thriving and content in her current living situation.


  1. Oh, I am sooo happy for you! I somehow missed that you got a referral, so that was a surprise for me, too. I hope that all goes well with the court date and she gets to come home to her family ASAP. Congratulations on your baby girl! :)

  2. It was great to receive updates so soon after the referral! I feel much better now that some time has passed since learning about our little guy's illness. A family friend M.D. said absolutely, not to worry. He will be fine ;).

    Have you finished the photo book? I'm still not done! His room isn't finished yet and I don't want to include pictures of his unfinished room. Brian said he's not going to care, but I might leave the pictures out and send them in another flat package ;).