Last night, DH and I met with the adoption agency. Our agency rep was awesome & shared with us every tiny detail of what the process is to adopt a baby. Between all of the info, the constant talking of the rep & me, I can say that DH's eyes most likely rolled back into his head a few times or more during our 2.5 hour meeting. We learned that both of the agency owners and I are sorority sisters. If you know DH personally, you'll know how much that thrilled him. ;)
Both DH and I passed our background checks (whew!). We submitted our application, family record report, documentation of various things (DL, SS cards, birth certs, insurance, etc.), and paid our down payment. We still have a few documents to submit - marriage license, divorce decree from DH's practice marriage, floor plan of house - before a baby can actually come home with us. The agency is waiting to receive our references. Our profile book will be finished when I add photos of our home and some nursery ideas. We'll take that information and create a flier about us which can be given to potential BMs. (**new acronym alert**) In the meantime, we can schedule our home study which will take place in the next couple of weeks. (Can you say CLEAN & organize?????)
Within the next week or two, the agency will be presenting us to potential BMs and we can look forward to becoming parents in the near future. A match and/or placement could be anywhere between two days and two years, but typical time is around six to ten months.
It all seems like it's moving so fast right now, so I know the wait for our baby will feel extra long! The amount of love and support we've already received from family and friends is amazing. We are so excited and very happy with our decision and where we are right now. What a change it is.