In the last post I got off on a tangent and veered off my idea. So that raised some questions and I thought I would give some background.
My daughter commented that I was wrong that both of them were picked up on the same day two years apart. So she is right but neither one of knows the exact date which is in files. We agree that they were two or three days apart.
There was much more behind the last post that would explain some things.
I mentioned that the application process was long and detailed. We also had a long interview. We were also told that it may be two years before a placement might be made. Okay if that's the situation we'll live with it. I told the Micro Manager not to buy any baby stuff because if for some reason we were turned down she would be extremely disappointed .
This was September. Life went merrily on. I was teaching and she was nursing.
So Dec. 21 the Micro Manager received a call at 2:30 PM to say that we had been accepted into the program but that they couldn't say when a placement would be made. At 3:30 PM , one hour later she received a call to say that a pending placement had been made. They wanted us to come up the next day and pick up the baby. This was a Thursday afternoon and Friday would be the last day of school. Remember now we had absolutely no baby stuff! So the Micro Manager is pretty fast so told them of the situation and asked for a delay until the Monday.
So Friday and Saturday the Micro Manager did what she is good at...shop. She had a list and madly dashed around to pick stuff up. Every once in a while I would get a phone call to come down town and pick up a load of stuff. By Saturday closing time we had everything we needed.
So it was a big surprise and very exciting. Basically it took one hour for us to become parents.
Monday when we picked our son up was a very exciting and stressful day. We went through more interviews. We were given backgrounds and asked many times if we still wanted to adopt. Finally our son was brought in to us. They left us alone with him and than came back and asked us if we still wanted to adopt. The answer was a quick yes . Then the paper started flying.
You are on probation for 6 months. If you mess up the child will be taken back. It is STRESSFUL.
So off on the two hour drive to home. It was late but we were ready to feed and look after our son and put him to bed.
What I remember about both kids is that when we first held them they were stiff and tense. They knew that something was going on. They were not relaxed like most babies. In a couple of days with us they relaxed.
This whole procedure was a shock to us but it was also a big surprise for our family and friends.