Long Time

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  We got our referral in Mid-September.  It was pretty exciting – little Elmer Nathanael!  He was born on 8/22 – 9 lbs – which is monster size for a Guatemalan baby.   We were busy getting all of the documents signed etc and then the Berger hit the fan at the end of September.

Berger, the President of Guatemala, announced he was ending int’l adoptions at the end of December.  This meant all adoptions, even people in-process like us.  Nothing like getting a referral, writing a monster check and then hearing news like this.  So, that’s why I haven’t posted anything.  Until very recently, we were unsure if we would be able to move forward; but, the Guat legislature has “grandfathered” in cases like ours.  There is a still a great deal to be worked out and no one knows the process for grandfathering in – but, we are just assuming it will get worked out.    I mean, it’s not like we can do anything about it anyway. 

Every month we get updated photos and measurements.  At some point, I will post a few.  I’ve been very hesitant to share photos as I was concerned that things wouldn’t go through and then others would be haunted by the image of a healthy baby boy languishing in some awful orphanage in Guatemala. 

We are going to go visit little Elmer next week.  I don’t really know how to get my mind around that.  I bought a bunch of baby stuff to bring (bottles, clothes, nail clippers etc.) and sort of feel like an imposter at the big baby super store. 

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Little E



This is an outfit we sent him!

Process

Application to agency: 2/7/07 Dossier to agency: 7/30/07
i171h: 9/6/07
Referral: 9/13/07
POA to Guatemala: 9/28/07
DNA auth: 11/29/07
Enter family court: 12/18/07
DNA test: 1/16/08
Birth mother interview: 1/16/08
DNA test results to embassy: 1/23/08
Registered with the CNA: 2/11 (grandfathered in)
Exit family court: 2/11/08
Pre-approval: 3/6/08
Enter PGN: 3/12/08
Exit PGN: 4/16/08
Adoption decree signed: 4/17/08
New birth certificate: 4/22/08
New passport: 4/25/08
Orange: 5/5/08
2nd DNA Test: 5/8/08
Pink: TBD
Embassy appt:

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