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B - hubby
BF - birth father
BM - birth mom CW - case worker EO - essential oils
GCA - adoption agency "J" - 1st birth mom to see our book LE - law enforcement
MIL - mother-in-law
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SAHM - stay-at-home-mom SAHD - stay-at-home-dad YLEO - Young Living Essential Oils
June 2009 -Agreed adoption was the right choice for us -Preliminary app accepted by #1 agency choice
July 2009 -Waiting for orientation
August 2009 -Orientation (14th)
September 2009 -Submitted application (8th) -Submitted more application papers (21st) -Spent 6 hrs working on our profile book (27th) -Office Interview scheduled for Oct 12th (28th) -Emailed social worked to find out what time she wants to come on Oct 7th for Home Study (29th)
October 2009 -Home Study (7th) -Office Interview (12th)
November 2009 - Approved by agency! (9th) - Edited profile book - Edited profile book some more - Some more editing! - Ordered profile books (23rd)
December 2009 - Case worker called to "check in" and let me know there was no rush on the profile books (4th) - Profile books mailed to agency (7th)
January 2010 - Completed first series of training videos - Child Devel 0-5 yrs (18th) - Took an anonymous survey from agency and told them everything that was making us unhappy (22nd) - Never received an update from case worker as promised :-(
February 2010 - Completed second series of training videos - Grief and Loss (2nd) - Completed CPR/First Aid training with Uncle Spanky :-) (14th) - Rejected a "just checking in" call from case worker (15th) - Finally emailed case worker to let her know our concerns of not being shown to any birth moms yet. Feel better that we will be shown soon. The agency has 63 birth moms. (23rd)
March 2010 - CW called to say "J" picked us from website to see our profile book (4th) - Registered for baby stuff at Target and Wal-Mart (12th-13th) - Still waiting to hear if we have been chosen by "J" (14th) - Still waiting (somewhat impatiently) (19th) - Found out we were a "no" from the caseworker (22nd) - Spent the day trying to find an infant care class with no luck (25th) - Impromptu infant care class with Nurse Amber (28th)
April 2010 - Infant Care Class continued with Nurse Amber and Nurse Candace (2nd) - Learned about Birth mom "M" and her baby "A"; answered some really tough questions for her (14th) - Found out "M" took Baby "A" and went back to Florida (16th)
May 2010 - Learned about new birth mom but declined due to too many issues and being in Indiana!! (11th) - Learned about "K" and felt different about her and decided not to share anything about her to anyone! (11th) - Found out "K" chose us as her #1 couple (24th) - Talked to "K" on the phone with her mom (26th or 27th) - Told my parents "K" chose us (28th) - Told B's parents (31st)
June 2010 - Met "K" in person & decided on a baby name (16th) - Went to sonogram appt with "K" and decided on a middle name (17th) - Found out "K" definitely wants us as her daughter's adoptive parents (21st?) - Emailed "K" baby shower and nursery pics and told her the name we picked out (30th)
July 2010 - "K" told us she loves the name Khloe Jaelyn!! Shew! (1st) - Made plans to meet "K" and Mom Tues the 6th for dinner in Ft Worth (1st) - Dinner with "K" and Mom (6th) - Bought nursery bedding, hung handmade, cute letters that spell Khloe and put chest of drawers together (12th) - Went to San Antonio for a quick couples vacation before baby (30th-Aug 1st) August 2010 - Khloe's due date came and went (11th) - Back to school for in-service @new school (13th) - "K" goes to hospital for overnight stay (17th) - "K" gives birth at 11:51 am (18th) - Placement reception @ agency 7:30pm & Khloe comes home! (20th) - Khloe's 1st doc appt - weighs the same and we find out hospital measured her wrong :-( she's only 19 in and not 21!! (23rd)
September 2010 - Khloe's 2nd doc appt, gained 9 oz and 1/2"-1" and now measures 20" (1st) - Khloe's 1st photo shoot with mommy (2nd) - Khloe's umbilcal cord falls off (5th/6th)
October 2010 - Khloe started smiling! - Khloe's 2 month doc appointment - weight: 11lbs 12oz, height: 22"
Khloe had a pretty uneventful Happy Halloween at Grandma-ma's. Cousin Kenley, Aunt Amy, Uncle KC and Great Granny Rose came to see us! Khloe decided to wait until we got home and for daddy to leave for work to have a melt-down. It only lasted about 30-45 minutes. Either way, Khloe was super-adorable in her bumble bee costume! Too bad it was too hot to wear it for more than just a few minutes :-(
So my new school has an annual Art Survivor event called 15 in 15. It entails completing a drawing a day for 15 school days. Last week was week 1, and the theme was "things that start with 'a'." I did an apple still life, an apron, an angel, amethyst jewelry, and an asymmetrical shirt. My apple still life was the first drawing I turned it. I only spent about 15 minutes on it b/c that's all I had. As I was going to put it up, I see the quality of the other art teachers. It makes my apple still life very inadequate. I went back to room and added some color to make it better. I slowly turned in better and better drawings as the week went along. It's been so long since I've drawn anything b/c I spent most of the summer sewing and painting.
Week two's theme is "things that start with 'r'." I've done a ring, ruffled dress and ruffled top. I really like drapery if you couldn't tell. Even though this commitment is super-hard, I'm really enjoying getting back to my art roots of drawing all the time. I like the fact that this event teaches the kids that if you want to be good and get better at drawing, you HAVE to constantly practice! Here are some of my "r" drawings!
Can't believe our baby girl was 2 months old Monday!
She's finally smiling :-) I love it!! She's cooing like crazy and loves her gym. She had her 2 month shots Tuesday. We found out that she weighs 11 lbs 12 oz and is 22 in. She's in the 75th percentile for weight, 30th for height (she's a shorty apparently :-) and 90th!! for head circumference. We always knew she was smart! The doctor was very impressed by the length of time and distance from the ground that she could hold her head up. She's very strong!
I had to do a 2 month photo shoot with her :-) Enjoy!!