SBG is short for Sweet Baby Girl in case you were wondering :)! Well, Carlie got glasses. Apparently there is some gene I pass to my children (I guess we could somehow blame my parents because not only is it me, but my sister has it and my cousin's daughter. Really it's my mother's fault if we are placing blame. But we are TOTALLY NOT placing blame on anyone. It's just a freak of nature, that's all nothing more, but wait . . . does that mean that I am a freak of nature? NO! Anyway . . . ) We went to the pediatrician, he did the pen light test and suggested we go to an ophthalmologist. We did. He said that she definitely was far-sighted and her left eye turns in. Same story, different person. We got our glasses just today and she's doing pretty good with them around the house. When we went to Target before coming home she kept raising them and saying "HELLO!" It was so cute, but they were not staying on her face at all, they were a new toy. It is going to take some adjusting to and I'm sure we will on more than one occasion say, "Carlie! Where's your glasses?" Nicole and Conner both had to have glasses, too. Conner was about 3 1/2 and Nicole was about 4. So far E is unaffected.
We've been in school a week now and it has been fun, even though waking up so early has been an adjustment from our lazy summer days. I got a call two days before school started letting me know that Ethan got into all day PreK at a different elementary than Nicole. It's actually the school Nicole used to go to (and Conner) before we got redistricted. AND he has the same PreK teacher that Nicci had! She's wonderful and her teaching assistant is a friend of ours, too! God is sooooo good to work those details out. Now to get two kids at two different schools pretty close to the same time even though they are a mile apart . . . . doing pretty good on that one.
Conner is at the 6/7 grade center in the 7th grade. I went to his Open House the other night and his teachers are wonderful! It's amazing that we are in a pretty good size district, and we continue to have great teachers that really care about what they do. Not that bigger schools have worse teachers, but I think it's easy to lose that 'homey' feel or personal touch. These schools are very good at making you feel like you are in a smaller school. Not sure if I'm making any sense about this. I guess since I grew up in a small school system where most people knew me, knew who my grandparents were, and I knew most people that I wish my kids had that. Well, we don't have some of that, but I think they do a pretty good job of making you feel that way. I'll stop talking now!
As far as the adoption goes, we just had our 4th or 5th home study visit (who's counting, right?) to stay in line with our immigration paperwork. We love visiting with our social worker, she's so funny and has such great advice for us. We do wish she'd walk through the door with a beautiful Asian baby for us one day very soon, but we continue to wait. Hopefully not much longer.
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history