June 13, 2016
So, funny story. Remember when I wrote a post over a month ago and said we were almost home study approve and our profile was almost done? Yeah, those last couple steps took a little longer and a lot more work than anticipated.
With the home study, we actual got a draft of the report sooner than anticipated, after about 1 week instead of 2-3 weeks. There were a few minor corrections that needed to be made to the draft, but other than that it was great. Things were just about wrapped up, when we were asked when our last reference would be sending in their recommendation. Except he had told us he had sent it in weeks ago. I guess it got lost somewhere along the way, and there was no option but for the poor guy to fill out the form again. Of course we discovered this right before he went on vacation, then we went on a business trip/vacation, and then he had some family issues come up, so we had to wait another 3 weeks after all. Things did finally worked out, and he did send in another recommendation. We were finally officially approved last week, and got the final report yesterday, just about two an a half months after we started.
Finishing our profile was quite an undertaking too. It turns out that submitting the text and pictures wasn't one of the last steps, but just the beginning. We sent the text back and forth with the editor a million (or at least five) times. Then the words got put together with the pictures for the first proof of our profile. Then we went through at least 3 more rounds of editing the text and switching up pictures and backgrounds. After so many weeks and emails and drafts I was worn down and ready to sign off on anything, and gave the final approval. I couldn't read our story one more time, lol. But the our editor decided to make a few more tweaks, and it turned out pretty good. So early last week we agreed to the final final profile, and some time last week it was put up on our facilitator's website. Today I sent checks for our facilitators fee and the printing of our profile booklets.
Long story short, after a little more work and time than anticipated, as of todayish we are officially approved and waiting to be matched. Its seems like it should feel like a big milestone, but it feels...anticlimactic? It could be that it just hasn't sunk in yet that it looks like we're actually officially on the road to becoming parents. Our facilitator assures us its really only a matter of time. Then again, maybe its the fact that there's probably a good amount of time from here to us being parents that makes it feel so anticlimactic?
I don't mind it though, I'll take anticlimactic over a roller coaster any day. Things have definitely been more calm than when we were in medical treatment. I haven't had a big emotional breakdown for a few months now, and its been nice to be mostly even keeled on the emotions front. The little set back and delays aren't driving me crazy either. Don't get me wrong, they definitely bug me, but I'm not going into an anxious tailspin over them like I would over a set back in treatment. I really feel a sense of peace covering the process so far, and it feels like an indicator that we're on the right path, finally.
Now I just have to keep that same attitude for the next 6 -12 months.... Shouldn't be a problem at all, right?