Has anybody else noticed how "boring" the wait is now that we know we are next? (I know there are hundreds of families out there who would probably give various body parts to be in our position so I am not complaining.) I just mean there is no suspense this month. After over two years of "How far will they get this month?", we just sit and wait. It seems unreal that we actually are next. I don't think I will really believe it until we go to the office and get handed the picture and referral info. I may have to have someone pinch me just to really be sure though.
Although it still seems unreal, I have started doing some expectant mom things. (David is my witness that I am not nesting, there is no excessive cleaning happening around here.) The last two times I went to Babies-R-Us (once to buy a gate and the next to return it) I have parked in the expectant mother parking spaces. I am telling everyone that we are next (we better be next China, no screw ups on this one): people I told 2 years ago we were adopting, total strangers at swimming lessons, other moms at cub scouts, my students, pretty much anyone who will listen.
No need to visit the queendom, we can all pretty much guess a window for the when on our own. I still check into the forum to look for info on travel and to see if there are any other useful threads. It's just not the same though. I hate to say it but I don't see myself as someone who is going to be checking in on those behind us in line (unless, of course I am already following them). I am definitely going to stay involved with my LID groups and the adoption community once we are home, but I don't see myself being a rumor follower once this is over.
We are holding off on the shopping. We've bought most of the baby things that we need that don't have to do with a specific age, size, or gender, so there is no more shopping until referrals arrive. I don't want to buy clothes until we have an idea of a size. My new anxiety is that we will get referred a boy (would be disappointed about missing out on sundresses and pigtails,but already have one boy who rocks and am sure the second one would as well) and we'll have to redo the nursery and bedding and ebay all of the clothing that we have and buy all new stuff. We already have a lot of pink and daisies and that wouldn't work well with someone named Luke. Once I have that little picture I will definitely go out and do my part to help the economy. After years of looking at girls clothing, I can't wait to get started. Here are somethings I already have my eyes on, just waiting. (We'll worry about boys clothes when the need arises.)
And don't forget the shoes. Of course there will be Chucks, but she will also need the following.
These are just like mommy's.