Thursday, March 26, 2009

a bump in the road

I have been so busy that I forgot to post about the letter we received in the mail. It was from our agency. Basically it stated that with the economy there has been a decrease in adoptions. I would think the opposite, but ok. Also birthmothers are asking for more money towards expenses. Our agency recommended increasing your cap, if your budget allows. One positive thing in the letter was that they have stopped accepting applications. Good for us since we have already been waiting seven months.
I emailed our agency about another issue, and I asked her how the letter effects us personally. In reference to increasing our cap, she said we were fine. We have enough cushion in there to provide expenses. That was good to hear!
Next weekend at the conference, I have an adoption consultant coming to speak from FL. I am going to pick her brain about why the sudden decrease in birthmothers.
Our agency has also increased the amount of advertising. So we will now be featured on a national website! I will post the link on the blog once we are live.
So a little bump in the road. I really was not upset by the letter since Greg is leaving and I know our wait is going to be long no matter what now.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

basic baby care

Yesterday Greg and I spent the day as students! We had signed up for a Basic Baby Care and CPR class for adoptive parents. It was so nice being able to be in a room full of couples that are adopting and not ready to pop! The woman that taught the class is an adoptive parent herself and taught and told us things that she wished she had known before her daughter came home. She refused to prepare for her child, so when they got the call that her daughter was here and ready to be brought home, she had nothing. She had not even told work that this might happen!
She asked us when the best time to prepare is and I said when you are matched. Turns out that is the worst time to prepare! She feels the best time to prepare is now. That way you are getting ready for YOUR child and not a specific one, if a match should fail. Greg however, is not ready to prepare. I think if I ease him and myself in slowly it will start to feel ok. Maybe I can get him to buy a Harley Davidson onesie this weekend!