Archive for September, 2013

Summer Fun

Here are a few pictures from the summer.  It was a pretty low key summer around here.

We stayed around the house most days and just got used to being a family of 5.

Clara Mei and Xander

Clara Mei loves to take a bath!

1st time in her high chair

Xander taking care of his baby.

Xander, his baby, and Clara Mei

Ariel, Patrick, and Xander went camping. It was Xander's 1st camping trip and he loved it!

Xander really liked eating outside on their camping trip.

Ariel moved to Miami University at the end of August

Ariel in front of her dorm

Ariel's desk

Ariel's got the top bunk

Clara Mei and Baba

Working to get those toes into her mouth

4 Months Old

Our girl is getting bigger!  At her 4 month well check she weighed 13 lbs. 3 oz and was 24 inches long.  Clara Mei has officially moved into 6 month clothes and they fit her great (I probably should have made the switch sooner)!  She loves to grab things and once she’s got a hold of it she puts it into her mouth.  Clara Mei is very good at holding her head up and loves to sit on your lap and watch Xander play.  This month she has also master the skill of sucking on her big toes.  She is constantly holding her feet and loves to get that big toe into her mouth.  Clara Mei has gotten much better about driving in the car and we can actually go on car rides with no screaming :)  She still does no t like getting into her car seat but if I sing the wheels on the bus as I put her in she will often get distracted and smile and sing along as I get her buckled in.  Her are pictures I took on September 14th.  Enjoy!

4 months old today!

3 Months Old

Time to play catch up! The big news this month was Clara rolled over a few days before she turned 3 months old! She was on her tummy and she rolled to her back and was so surprised. Once she saw me cheering for her she got a huge smile and then rolled back onto her tummy. I was not expecting this and I couldn’t believe she rolled both ways. This month she has also discovered her feet and likes holding onto to them. She is also using her fists and her feet to hit the toys hanging from her floor gym. Here are the pictures!

Look at that smile

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 :)