Monday, September 25, 2006

Medical update plus new pictures



























































27 days and counting!!!!!! Todd and I are getting really excited.

Today was medical update and picture day yiippee!!!!

Meredith is now 12 1/2 pounds and 23 inches tall.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

What's happening with the process???

I've been getting that question a lot so I thought I should explain to everyone what is going on right now.

As the last post states the DNA test has come back as a match which allows us to travel and visit Meredith. 31 days and counting. Our friend Rebecca will be down there too at that time so we are looking forward to meeting her in person.
The DNA test results from Lab Corp came in the mail on Wednesday, a copy was also sent to A Helping Hand. Once AHH gets their copy they will send it off to be authenticated and then it's off to the US Embassy in Guatemala. Once down in Guatemala the Embassy will issue a Pre-Approval for the adoption to enter PGN.

We are currently waiting on our Social Worker down there to complete her home study on the birth mom and foster mom. That report should be back in a few weeks if not sooner. Once the social worker report is complete and the Embassy has issued the Pre-Approval we can enter PGN. PGN is where a case worker reviews everything with a fine tooth comb to determine if the adoption is legal and that nothing looks fraudulent. Right now the PGN step is varying in length. Some people are getting out in 4 weeks, 6 weeks, and I know some that have been in there for 5 months. It all depends on how many items they question (Previos). We are hoping for no previos and that our stay in PGN is short.

After PGN they issue a new birth certificate with our last name and set an Embassy appointment to come pick her up.



Oh a much happier note, today is mine and Todd's 4th wedding anniversary and Meredith is 3 months old today.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Guatemala here we come!!!!!!!!

I've just booked our flight and hotel reservations for our first visit trip.
I can't wait to get down there. I think the countdown said 34 days this morning!!!!
I'm so excited to get to see Meredith and I'm also excited to be visiting another country!!!
Now that everything is booked it's time to make sure we have everything we need for the trip.



YAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Hold on Meredith mommy and daddy are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

It's a match!!!!!!!!!

We just received the results from the DNA test that was performed last week on Meredith and her birth mom. The results came back a match 99.99%

That means Todd and I are free to travel.

YAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

More Photos


Sleepy baby.





Our first family photo!!!





I'm a happy girl!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Finally!!!!!!!

Finally we have some new pictures, thanks to Rebecca another adoptive parent that just returned from visiting her son. This is one of the dresses that we sent down a couple of weeks ago.



Monday, September 04, 2006

New information about Meredith

Good Labor Day everyone. Well summer is almost over and I must say that this summer has moved very quickly. I guess we have been pretty pre-occupied this year, I wonder with what???

One of my new friends that is also using our agency made a visit trip to Guatemala this weekend to see her son. In an effort to obtain information about Meredith and another families little guy, she asked our attorney if they would bring the babies over to the hotel for her to meet them and take pictures. And by a sheer miracle they granted her request. She spent over an hour with Meredith and Anthony plus their foster moms. She conducted mini interview with each foster mom to obtain information about our babies.
Here is what she found out about Meredith:
"She is beautiful Veronica. I held her and took lots of pictures with her. I got pics of all of the babies with each other...and with the foster mom and with me of course. Meredith was dressed so cute in one of the outfits that you sent down. Meredith was very calm, didn't cry much at all and her foster mom said that is typical. The fm name is marina and the foster dad is jose pedro. She was a little angel...she smiled at me.....and i was kissing her when they took pics. I asked questions of her fm too and she said that meredith absolutely loves to take a bath...she just loves water. She is a very happy baby. She weighs 11 lbs. and 8 oz.. The fm wanted me to tell you that she loves meredith very much.. She treats her like her own. She is just very sweet and i can tell that she loves meredith and vice versa. Meredith sleeps on her side....doesn't like many blankets. She is warm natured. She sleeps very well at night and just smiles all of the time. They are looking very forward to meeting you and send their love. They want you to know that she is taken care of very well and that they will keep her safe."

Also the foster mom brought back 2 of the disposable cameras we mailed down. Rebecca is going to mail those to us when she gets back on Tuesday. She also will email me the pictures she took during her visit.

We are so grateful to Rebecca for working out this meeting and getting us the wonderful information. We now know more about Meredith and it is great!!!!

I'll post pictures as soon as I get them.