Our Little Springroll

Our first born is Vietnamese! This is an account of the journey to our baby.

Thank you for the books! December 29, 2007

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Since we first announced to friends and family that we were adopting, we have received some wonderful books for our baby. I thought I should share some of them here.

My First Signs

I am super excited to use signs with our child. I know that many people do and I’ve been inspired by the amount children can communicate before they are actually talking. My parents’ good friends, Marian and Sam, sent us this book this past summer. It was our baby’s first present.

A Vietnamese Folktale

This is actually a book that Nick and I bought for the baby. (At the same time we got our first Vietnamese cookbook!) I hope to collect several Vietnamese Folk Tales. So, if you know of other good ones, please let me know.

Happy Adoption Day!

My friend, Emily, got this book for us. It was a surprise package and a great book. The best part is that John McCutcheon’s lyrics and music are included so we’ll be able to sing along as we read.
A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Vietnam

This is a recent present from Ben, our baby’s second cousin. We just finished reading it this morning and I know it will be a helpful book as questions arise and we tell (and retell) the story. It will be interesting to see how similar it will be to our own child’s story or our journey to Vietnam. I like that it is factual, but with different possibilities. It will be nice to discuss the general and specific details with our child of how this story and their own intersect. Ben is very excited about meeting our baby because he lives just up the road and they will most likely be very close friends!
Mau Sac Thu Vat( Animal Colors -Vietnamese Edition )
Also from Ben, a great board book in Vietnamese! Although there are some strong hints as to what the words might say, we really can’t read it yet and even if we think we know what it says, we need to figure out the pronunciations. So….that gives us something to work on in the next few months. I really want to learn some Vietnamese before we meet our baby. If you know of any good books or other tools, please pass them on!

Sleep in Peace
This book was the book of choice in our family this year! I saw it opened three separate times this past week! We received it as a present from my parents. What is most exciting to me is that the woman who wrote and illustrated this book (Ingrid Hess) is illustrating my mom’s book which will be coming out sometime this year. It will be the fifth children’s book that my mom has published. The first four were in the 1980s and were collaborations with my aunt Marilyn.

In addition to these, we’ve received some great 2nd-hand Dr. Suess books and a few more signing books. For years my mom would get us a children’s book for each of our birthdays. She has stopped doing that in recent years, but we have a great collection of books because she always looked for books related to our personal interests.


Baby’s (First) First Cousin December 27, 2007

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Happy Holidays! December 21, 2007

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We’ve been officially waiting one week and two days and I can honestly say I have no clue where the time went. It seems that once we make it through the holidays, we’ll be nearly a month into our wait. That makes it seem like this time may move fairly quickly. (Of course, once we have waited the minimum time our agency foresees us waiting, I have a feeling that everything will start moving VERY SLOWLY.)

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Safe travels to all who are traveling.


DTV! December 12, 2007

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Our dossier arrived at our agency this morning. It has been reviewed and will be sent to Vietnam today! Yay! I could not be more excited.

This means that we are officially waiting for the referral of our child. In the meantime, we’ll also be working on some adoption education and at some point next month we will need to update our work/income status. Other than that, we wait!


Dossier is Gone! December 11, 2007

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So, this morning I mailed our dossier to the agency. It feels great to have it done. My head has been swimming in the details for weeks and I am happy to be finished with it. (I hope). I did remember one minor thing that I forgot to include, but I’m choosing not to stress about it. I have a question in on the best way to solve it and hopefully it too will be off my plate by dinner!

So, tomorrow, once my FedEx tracking number tells me that the dossier has been delivered to the agency, I will be changing my ticker. It is absolutely depressing to open up the blog and see that it has been more than eight months already! There were a million things that got in the way at the beginning, but many of them we couldn’t have known. I’m just ready to let go of all of that and have a new scale of time in front of us!


Express Mail… December 9, 2007

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…runs on Sundays!

I looked out my studio window in time to see the local mail car turn around and pull out of our driveway, just as Nick came running down the stairs with a special package. I had to stop and think about what day it is. Sunday. Apparently Express Mail runs every day of the year.

So, it’s here! We have our documents back and tomorrow we’ll get a few notarizations (on non-authenticated documents), write a large check and officially hand the documents over!

I am so excited to be done with this part and actually be waiting. Recently I realize that adoption has me quite nervous. I think that as we become more and more aware of all of the risks involved, I get more and more worried about more loss. Not that we weren’t aware, but the last month or so has made all of it much more real.

We have a lot of education that we need to do yet, so we’ll still be adoption-busy, but it will just be wonderful to know that we’re officially waiting and not just working to wait.


Family Life December 8, 2007

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I haven’t written in a while, because there hasn’t been too much to update. Our authenticated documents are now on their way to us. I expect them today or Monday. So, we’ve been working on some on non-authenticated dossier docs which are now ready to go as well. Monday we’ll get them notarized and hopefully to the agency by mid-week.

As many of you know, part of the dossier includes photographs of family life. I thought I’d share a few since I haven’t posted many pics to this blog yet.

We wanted to include an extended family picture and since we don’t have even individual family pictures to-date, this seemed like the simplest option. This was taken on our wedding day in April 2003 (4 1/2 years ago) and includes both of our families–since then Nick’s sister got married and my brother and his wife had a baby.

This is where we live.

We spend the majority of our time in our living room. It is also the center of all of our holiday decorations.

And this is our kitchen. Todd, Jess & Ben (their new baby) joined us for dinner last Tuesday night. We do meals together quite often. When we first moved here, we had planned on one of us cooking Mondays and the other cooking Thursdays. But then we unexpectedly moved into their house for three months and so we ate every meal together instead. Since we bought our house we haven’t found a scheduled routine but somehow end up eating together at some point most weeks.

I hope to have a dossier-on-its-way! update soon. If not, there will surely be a blog-worthy hiccup to write about!