I just got home from EMT class a few minutes ago! Phew! I'm glad tomorrow's Friday!
We had a very productive day yesterday. DH got off work at 1:30 PM, so we went and got almost all our paperwork notarized! We also went and applied for a passport for DH. Yay!! Tomorrow he's going to drop off all the medical forms to our doctor so that she can get those filled out and the infertility letter written. After that I'll send out all that stuff to the Secretary of State to get apostilled, and we'll be really, really close to getting our dossier ready! I am so excited!!
For the first time, I told someone about us adopting, and their reaction wasn't, "Can't you have your own??" or "Oh, you are such a saint for doing that!" It was this lady in my class, and her face just lit up and she said, "Really? That is SO cool!!" And went on to ask questions about how old the baby will be, and if we'd picked out a name, etc. It was a nice change from the usual comments. I wanted to hug her! LOL.
It's funny how adoption seems to take up 99% of my brain! It's what I think of when I first wake up and right before I go to bed. And of course, all those hours in between. It's kind of scary to be so wrapped up in something that could go wrong, but it also feels right. When we were TTC, I was wrapped up in that too, but that felt more stressful and worrying than exciting and happy like this adoption feels to me.
Well, that's my ramble for the night! I'm off to bed!
Darn it. I just called the Secretary of State in our state, and told her the notary that we used is a federal, and not a public, notary. She said because of that I would have to send all the documents to DC to be notarized! She also added (for good measure, I guess) that it was going to be a great hassle for us and that we should've just used a public notary! Crap. I am going to call the DC State Dept and ask them how long it is going to take. If it sounds like it'll take a loooong time, I'll just get the documents re-sent to us and get them re-notarized by a public notary. Arrrrgh!
Anyway, in other news, I told my boss that I would be quitting the first week of September. I feel really bad, because I LOVE my job (I'm a Preschool teacher) and I will really miss it. But it pays next to nothing, and we really need to be saving up in high gear for the adoption and travel expenses we're going to incur. Hopefully I'll be able to find work as an EMT, but if not, any other job that doesn't pay pittance will do! Anything for my baby!
I'm off to do my first "clinical rotation" as an EMT student! That's really not as exciting as it sounds, I'm just going to a nursing home to take blood pressures. The state of ID requires you to have 10 patient contacts before they'll license you as an EMT, so this is it for me. *Yawn* But at least I'll be done with that requirement! I can't believe my final is a week from Tuesday! And then that Saturday I take the National Registry test, which lots of people flunk, apparently.
I'll be back to update later!
Great news! The documents I sent out to apostille about two weeks ago are back! That was so fast, I am really hoping that the others will be just as quick. DH thinks we'll have a referral by October and we'll be travelling by December! I really hope he's right, but I doubt it. I bet it's going to take till December or January to get a referral, and we'll travel two months after that. Either way, I'll be happy!!
Taking BP's at the nursing home was boring, just like I had expected. It was funny, because everyone (nurses) there thought it was soooo cool I was going to be an EMT! One of the CNA's took down the number for the place where I'm getting my certification - she said she's seriously considering pursuing it!
I can't believe I'm up so late! I wasn't feeling good at all today, so I took a nap when I got back from the nursing home. When I woke up, I had a monster back ache and I puked twice! It was really weird. DH made me some soup and then I started to feel better. Wonder what that was all about. I would've thought it was possibly pregnancy, except that I just got done with AF yesterday.
On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God: "Why did you permit this? Why don't you do something about this?"
For a while God said nothing. Then He replied: "I certainly did something... I made you."
I've been looking online at Salwar Kameez's, which are the traditional Indian outfits that people wear. I wanted to buy a couple before we go, so that we don't look like a couple of tourists walking around. I know how it is there, and if you don't look like you know what you're doing, you will get taken advantage of. So I want to blend in a little better. Plus, when we go pick up our daughter, I figure it'll be better for her to see her mom dressed like what she's used to. Here's what I've found online so far that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I figure I'll buy the rest when I get there - it'll be much cheaper!
I'm excited for DH to see me in traditional wear, since he's never seen me like that except once in a picture where I dressed up in a sari.
Edited To Add:
Look what we bought!
It was at Wal Mart for less than $40!! It's better than the Cosmo Ex stroller we had on our registry, and it was in American Baby. It has some really cool features, and it's so adorable!
I am just sitting here bawling. Why? Because it just hit me really, really hard that I am going to be a mommy. And SOON. My daughter is probably already born, she might be a couple of months old now. Either that, or her mom is heavily pregnant with her. She is already this little person slowly forming her personality. And we're almost ready to go get her.
I went on the website for the Office of Authentications for DC, and their turn around time is fast as long as you send in a prepaid envelope from a courier service. They said it takes about 2-3 days. We're almost done with our dossier! Where did the time go?? It seems like just yesterday we were TTC. I just can't stop the feeling of dropping down really really fast... it's exhilarating, scary, and quite possibly the best feeling I have ever felt so far in my life. I'm going to be a mom.
Okay, so I was looking at our checklist. DH got his employer reference letter today, and the medical certificates should be ready tomorrow (he called them). So here's what we're waiting on to get the dossier complete - medical certificates, and an employer's reference letter from my boss. THAT'S IT!! I am going to ask my boss to hurry UP already and have it done by Friday. She's had it for two weeks now! We're sending out our application to MAPS tomorrow. I was waiting on my current paycheck, because their application fee is $2000! Ouch. But unlike other agencies, we don't owe them any money until we accept a referral. So we have time to save up some more and get a small loan. I am so happy!!