Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Great news!!!

On April 15th, we got a phone call that changed our lives (again!)....

I was driving to pick up the girls, and I checked my phone and saw many missed called. Two were from out of the area, and many more were from Tonio. I was worried that something happened because Tonio was in Switzerland and was going to be trying to get home amid the volcanic ash. Airports were being closed because the ash cloud was preventing a lot of flights from taking off, and I was hoping he would be able to come home for the weekend. I checked my voicemail, and it was Tonio telling me to check my voicemail "Becky.. I hope you get this message.. WACAP called me and said they might have a referral for us."

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????? We had just gotten I-171 approval in Feb 25, and the wait was supposed to be 8-10 months-- we were hoping for a referral by Christmas!!!!

I kept listening to the voicemails, and heard one from our caseworker from WACAP with the magical words: "We have a possible referral for you... a little boy... 26 months... " She had missed talking to me, so she called Tonio in Switzerland. Tonio's so cute because he just told her that he says yes, and whatever I decide was perfect.

I was crying by the time I got to the kids' school, and called Andrea. She gave me all of the details, and I told her to please email me the medical information and I would have some doctors review it. I picked up the girls and told them that they had a baby brother in Ethiopia. "We already know that mommy!" They didn't quite get it that everything was becoming more real!

I drove home and got on the computer and saw his medical info, and his beautiful picture. I cannot post the picture until we pass court, but I can tell you that he is the most beautiful little boy, with long dark eyelashes, huge black eyes and a pouty little mouth. Once we picked up Tonito from school, I sat them on the couch and asked if they wanted to see a picture of their little brother. I just had this feeling inside that told me that he was our son and that we would accept the referral. Tonito couldn't stop smiling, and was softly saying "That's my baby brother! He's cute!" Vivi was excited too, and echoed that cuteness comment. Maya furrowed her brow. "That no baby." I tried to tell her that even though he looks big in the picture, he's still going to be her baby brother. She looked from me to the picture, and back to me. "He no have hair. Why he no have hair?" I laughed and told her that his hair would grow- Maya's happiness in life comes from sucking her thumb and twirling (anybody's) hair. I think in her little mind a baby brother would look like Maeve, her 3 month old baby cousin: small and with a lot of hair. I think she's due for a paradigm shift:).

I quickly had several of my friends who are doctors check out the bloodwork and medical information, and everyone found that he was a healthy little boy. We are beyond excited, and our minds are busy with thoughts of Ethiopia and little R!

On April 16th we happily accepted the referral of little R and began to tell our family and friends! We cannot wait to met him!


Heather BT said...

So excited for you!

Chrissy said...

Congratulations! I just linked here from Tricia's blog, I haven't read your blog for ages. Now I will definitely keep checking back for more baby news! How exciting for you all!

Calmil2 said...

Congratulations!!! So happy for your family!!

Dianna and Steve said...

Oh Becky...Congratulations!!! We are so excited for all of you. What does little R stand for?? What is his name?? I can't wait to see pictures of him!! Keep us posted.