On Tuesday night we drove to Charlotte for our Wednesday appointment. We had a great time visiting with Nick’s aunt and uncle and appreciated the less harried appointment day.
In the morning, we went to the Discovery Place and saw the Body Worlds exhibition. It was very interesting. Although, the several hundred students who were on a field trip certainly changed the experience a bit. There were many things that stood out to me but I think the most interesting was the wee-bit size of a normal uterus. Mine just wasn’t that small. I do have pictures from my hysterectomy of the removed organ (in little pieces). I don’t care how tightly you squeezed all of those little pieces together, they’d never be even twice that size.
Anyway, as we neared the end of the exhibit I suddenly remembered that we didn’t put any money in the meter at our fabulous parking spot. So our “great spot” ended up costing us $25. Whoops! I have no clue what we were thinking.
For lunch we managed to find a little Vietnamese restaurant near the fingerprinting office. It was some of the best vermicelli that I have eaten. We were also excited to learn that there was an Asian grocery store next door that has both Vietnamese and Indonesian food. I figure that if we ever need a break from mountain living we can head to the lake and hit up the Vietnamese food sources in Charlotte! Do you think its too far to travel two hours for your groceries?
The fingerprinting went very quickly and smoothly. It’s all electronic–which I didn’t know…but makes complete sense. We were in and out in about 40 minutes and on our way home again.
When we arrived home my new passport was in the mailbox! So, we have them both–although Nick received his old one back and I did not. Which sucks. But what can you do?
I feel like we’re doing something adoption related just about every day lately. It is nice to feel like things are moving forward. Next week we have our physicals for the dossier. Hopefully by the end of October we’ll have it all completed and will just be waiting on the I-171H.
On a non-paperwork note, I had a dream about receiving a referral the other night. It was my first somewhat normal dream about who this child might be. I can’t remember the name anymore, but it was a girl. I couldn’t believe it. And we got her at the same time we got the referral. Unfortunately in the dream it wasn’t all connecting though and we weren’t remembering to take care of her. My family was all here and they were doing everything. And then all of a sudden I realized that this child would never know who we were if we didn’t start meeting her needs. And that’s when I woke up. She was a cutie though and the majority of the dream was focused on trying to choose between two names….obviously more important than feeding, changing or comforting. As silly as this all is, I imagine that dreams will just become more vivid as we get closer and especially after we receive a referral.
Well, that is where our adoption stands today. I always love hearing from others with more experience then we’ve had so far. So, for any APs reading this, what kind of dreams did you have about your child before you met him/her? How did they change from before to after referral?