Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Pictures!!!!

The agency emailed these pictures to the proud papa today!!

ARGH her eyes are closed!!!!

Finally a picture with her eyes open!!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sounds like we have a good eater on our hands....

We received the 1 month doctor visit report today and Meredith has gained almost 4 lbs in a month. She has also grown 3 inches. Her stats are 9lbs, 20.07inches long. She also received a bunch of shots. No photos came with this update.

As for mommy and daddy, our week has been challenging. I've been sick with the stomach flu since Tuesday morning, pair that with not sleeping and I feel like a real winner. Todd on the other hand is the best "honey will you get me" guy I know. He calls it good practice for later on.

Our paperwork is now complete and has been received back at the agency from the Guatemalan Consulate in DC. Our agency will send everything down to Guatemala on Thursday for translation into Spanish and then we are off and running. We are trying to pin down when we could visit if we want to or should I say can. Airplane tickets are expensive!!!!

Oh well everything will work out. Talk to you soon.


Monthly update for all Guatemala families.

I hope everyone is doing great and are having a good summer. I will
start sending a monthly update to keep everyone inform of what is
going on at AHH and also pass on information about referrals.

I would like to encourage everyone that is "paper chasing" to work
quickly. If you are waiting on your Home Study to let us know when
that is done and sent of to CIS. Also do not forget we need an
authenticated copy for your Dossier.

If you have a referral and your child's DNA has been done and
pre-approval received, please contact us before you plan a visit so
that we can consult with Cinthya about dates. Keep in mind she also
needs to get rest and on Saturdays and Sundays it is very hard
sometimes to deliver babies to the Hotel so it might not happen. To
avoid disappointments plan trips on a week day.

For those of you who have been waiting to get out of PGN the waiting
has become long but I want to let you know that if we or Cinthya
(attorney in GUA) had any way of getting you out fast it would be done.
Families are getting out of PGN slowly but surely. Attorney's in
Guatemala to include Cinthya have been getting together to see
if they can get cases moving quicker, so far nothing has changed and
the PGN Director is just signing a few everyday. Lately we have all
seen a lot of things posted in different web site be careful with what
you read sometimes it is not accurate and most of the time it is made up.

Congratulations to those of you with your blessings in arms. If you
have not started with re-adoption here in the US it is a good idea to
start thinking about it. Some States do not require it but it can be
of benefit in the future. The most obvious benefit that I have seen
is a state issued birth certificate. Having done dossier paper work
you know how important an original birth certificate that has been
issue with a date stamped and/or live signature is, also it has to be
issue that particular year, so was it helpful to be able to just call
Vital Statistics office to get one? You will probably need a birth
certificate for a school, insurance, passport and many other things.
So won't it be reassuring to know that you can easily replace it or get one if you had to.

June Update Information

Babies Home in 2006 19

Babies Home in June 2

Referrals for June Boys 1 Girls 5

Total Families with referrals 35

DNA and/or Family court 21

PGN 11

Out of PGN in June 1

Waiting on Pink 1

Waiting list

Girls 5
Boys 1

Parent Education Requirements: Due to state licensing requirements,
AHH is now requiring all families who applied to AHH after January 1,
2006 to provide proof that their parent education credits have been
earned before they receive their referral/before they travel. A
Completion Certificate will be issued to each family, and it signifies
their final adoption approval. This Completion Certificate will be
awarded once all of your credits have been earned and approved by
Traci Andis, our Parent Education Coordinator. All credits earned
outside of AHH must be documented with a certificate from the
supervising agency. As a reminder, for Kentucky and Texas clients you must have: "Abroad and Back" or "Eyes Wide Open;"
"Medical Risks;" infant and child "CPR;" and 10 additional family
credits that you earn by watching DVDs, reading books, or attending a
seminar or support group. For clients from the remaining states you
must have: "Eyes Wide Open," and 10 additional family credits that can
be earned by watching DVDs, reading books, or attending a seminar or support group.
Special need clients have a different program that requires the > following no matter what state you reside in: "Abroad and Back" or "Eyes Wide Open;"
"Medical Risks;" infant and child "CPR;" 10 family credits that you
earn by watching DVDs, reading books, or attending a seminar or
support group; and 4 additional family credits specific to the special
need of the child you are adopting. Please contact your family
advocate with any questions you may have about this.

Care Packages Unfortunately we will no longer be able to send care
packages for the children to Guatemala it is very expensive to send
and also taxes on the gifts have to be paid, if you have questions or
concerns about this please let us know. You can send a package on
your own if you wish, I will be glad to give you Cinthya's mailing address to send it to.

AHH Picnic review: AHH's 2006 Reunion Picnic was a great success.
The brunch with Cinthya Vallejo was great and many families attended.
Philip and I would like to thank everyone for making Cinthya and Ana
Maria (Cinthya's assistant) feel welcome. You can see pictures and
get more information at the AHH web site.

I will have another update next month, if there is something you would
like to see in the updates please make suggestions.

Maria and Philip
Your family advocates

Monday, July 17, 2006


After comparing prices with all the major carriers DHL was the cheapest.
All the others cost more and would take longer to get there.
DHL has guaranteed delivery by 6pm tomorrow Tuesday.

Robin guessed $200 which was the closest.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

OK best guess wins!!!

Well I don't know what you win but guess anyway.

How much do you think this box will cost to ship to Guatemala?

It weighs approx 6.5-7lbs, full of clothes and disposible cameras.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New pictures!!!!!

Here is what the email fairy brought today.

Our advocate at the agency said these were either taken today(Tuesday), or yesterday. Meredith goes to the doctor again on the 21st and we should get that update 1-2 weeks after.
I'm just thankful to have new pictures. They say she is really healthy and has great color. I just wish the photos weren't so close up?? Oh well just glad to have them.

The care package will be going out on Thursday. Todd read some Walt Disney books tonight and recorded them and I'll do the same tomorrow. I'll have a contest to see who can guess the cost for shipping this box down, you will be surprised.

Is that a double chin I see??? Yep she'll fit in just fine.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

And let the battle begin!!!

These picutres speak for themself.

Uncle Brians idea of a good team.

Daddy's idea of a good team.

I wonder which one Meredith will pick??? Oh and Todd wants to know where he can find some Chicago Cubs gear for her??? Thanks Aunt Becca for the cute outfits even though Todd says she can't wear this one, don't worry I'll sneak and let her.

No new update just yet. We will post information as soon as we get it. We are sending down a care package this week.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Busy Busy Weekend..

Well Todd and I have had a very busy weekend. Ever since we found out that Meredith is here we've been going in overdrive. As you can see we finished up the nursery this weekend. We will put the changing table together sometime this week, the crib was challenge enough for one day. Oh and the border (that one piece deal didn't work too good Becky). Oh and Todd says if he sees one more thing Hello Kitty, he's going to hurl. hahaha But anyway the room is painted, the border hung, and the crib is put together. The only thing that's missing is Meredith!!! We haven't heard anything else since Tuesday, I'll try to get some more information this week, but it's doubtful that the agency will know anything new. They said we would get our next round of pictures in about 5 weeks.