Archive for March, 2013

8 More Weeks

I am 32 weeks pregnant today, only 8(ish) more weeks to go!  Things have been going really well this last month.  Patrick and I started our birthing classes a few weeks ago and Grandma and Grandpa come over to watch Xander on the night we have class.  We have a tour of the hospital coming up in a few weeks and I’m all signed up for a breastfeeding class at the end of the month.  The baby is now big enough to get into my ribs which isn’t all that fun, but so far she does move if I give her a little nudge (I’m guessing that will end soon however).  Besides all the other normal aches and pains the only other thing I’ve been dealing with is swelling in my hands.  My rings are now off and I’ve developed pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome.  Luckily right now I only really notice it at night with my hands going numb and on the advice of my doctor I am now sleeping with braces on and they keep the numbness away.   Here is the new belly shot :)

This is a look back at 20 weeks.

24 weeks

28 Weeks

32 Weeks

1st Egg Hunt

Yesterday we went to the Easter Egg Hunt at our church.  Xander kinda of remembered doing egg hunts last year but I don’t think he really remembered it all that well.  He had a great time.  They broke up into groups and did a craft, played games, heard a story about a sand dollar, and of course got to go on an egg hunt.  The weather was cold and wet so the egg hunt this year was inside.  It was a morning full of fun!

Xander is waiting to make his craft... a sand dollar.

The finished project :)

Everyone has a spoon and a marshmallow and is ready to go!

Time to find some eggs.

Xander was really excited to fill his basket with eggs.

At the end of the egg hunt Xander is emptying his eggs to see what candy he got.

Build & Grow

Patrick and Xander over the past year have gone to a few of the Build & Grow events put on by Lowes.  They went for the 1st time in a while a few weeks ago and had a great time.  Xander is getting really good at hammering and putting things together.  This time they made a Monster Truck together.

Xander is ready to get started!

Working on getting his truck put together.

Check out my new Monster Truck!

Adoption Timeline
  • Summer 2010 - started talking about adoption
  • Aug 19, 2010 - participated in webinar
  • Sep 22, 2010 - mailed in adoption application
  • Sep 28, 2010 - adoption application accepted
  • Oct 8, 2010 - fingerprints for home study
  • Oct 14, 2010 - fire inspection done
  • Oct 25, 2010 - Patrick & Kimberly complete physicals for the adoption
  • Nov 4, 2010 - finished Heart of the Matters Parent Education
  • Nov 9, 2010 - Ariel's physical is completed
  • Nov 15, 2010 - 1st Home Study Visit
  • Dec 10, 2010 - Kimberly's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 16, 2010 - Patrick & Ariel's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 19, 2010 - Received rough draft of Home Study to review
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Received Final Home Study
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Sent I800A form into USCIS
  • Jan 18, 2011 - We see our son's face for the 1st time!
  • Jan 21, 2011 - Submit Letter of Intent to China
  • Jan 27, 2011 - Receive Pre-Approval from China
  • March 7, 2011 - I800a approval
  • March 24, 2011 - Dossier to China
  • April 2, 2011 - Log In Date
  • May 16, 2011 - LOA
  • June 2, 2011 - I800 Approval
  • June 10, 2011 - Cable sent by National Visa Center
  • June 13, 2011 - NVC Letter & final paper work sent to Agency!!!!
  • June 23, 2011 - Article 5 papers dropped off
  • July 8, 2011 - Article 5 pick up
  • July 19, 2011 - Travel Approval!!!!!!
  • August 15, 2011 - Forever Family Day!!!!!!
  • August 25, 2011 - Arrive home; Xander becomes a US citizen :)