Now that we've had a couple of days to let it sink in that we actually have a son waiting for us half way around the world, I'm starting to get a little bit nervous. I decided to look at the timelines for other people that have received referrals recently.
Um. Yeah. Total shocker.
I've seen quite a few people that are on track to travel within 4 months of receiving their referrals. I know that things can greatly vary from state to state, agency to agency, and even family to family since the US Government hasn't had the greatest reputation for being 'consistent' when processing adoption stuff. But 4 months?! That's WAY faster than what I anticipated. (I know for sure that some of these people are using the same agency as us and live in CA - that's why I'm thinking things could be similar for us) I'm still in the mindset that Charlie needs a full 6 months to gain weight - so losing 2 months could mean losing 3 lbs! (I know, I'm being totally silly, but again, I just wasn't mentally prepared for anything less than 6 months.) Regardless of when we travel, I'll just 'deal' with it. But I'd be lying if I said my heart wasn't beating much faster since I've been stalking timelines.
Anyway, I guess this should be a huge motivation to get started on my 'To Do' list. Which pretty much involves every room in my house. So Charlie - I need you to start hitting that weight gain like a sumo wrestler, and I'll get busy de-cluttering your room!