Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dossier Marathon

For those of you not on FB, cue the Rocky theme song please....

Last week: Went in to CHI to have Erin check our dossier... it had a few problems and we needed to have a few things done over.

Monday: Got together new paperwork and headed to the notary.

Tuesday morning: I was getting our dossier paperwork together for Kevin to take in to the Secretary of State to be certified when I realized that our notary had written the date as NOVEMBER, not DECEMBER. Oh well... I figured, what is one more week? (Dossiers only leave CHI for DC on Thursdays.) Then I thought, "NO, we can do it - this week!" I then call doctor's office and am told they will have them ready by that afternoon. Great, Kevin will pick them up.

Tuesday evening: Kevin comes home with no doctor's letters. I think he is joking when he tells me they won't be ready until Thursday. He's not joking. Okay fine, next week then.

Wednesday (approximately 12:04 p.m.): I get a message from a fellow adoptive mom on facebook that CHI is not sending dossiers out next week because they will be closed for two weeks for Christmas. Crap. SO, if not this week, then we wait until January 8th for our dossier to go to DC. Crap. Email SW. Get a crazy idea - MAYBE I CAN DO IT ALL TOMORROW. YES WE CAN! Spent the entire rest of the day looking for a babsyitter and planning out my day for Thursday.

Thursday: (today)
7:00 a.m.: Tell Kevin he must go to Walgreens to have passport sized photos taken. (oops - forgot about these until now)
9:45 a.m.: Drop Micah off at BFs house. Go to Walgreens where they have JUST finished Kevin's photos - machine is jamming.
9:55 a.m.: Get my passport photos done at FedEx and make color copy of my passport.
10:10 a.m.: Arrive at doctor's office and wait 15 minutes because letters are STILL NOT FINISHED.
10:45 a.m.: We all meet at notary's office for notarization.
11:30 a.m.: Arrive at Secretary of State's office and am told that paperwork won't be finished for a few hours. Beg & plead with them to be finished by 1:30 so I can have it to CHI by 2 p.m. Maybe.
12:00 p.m.: Have lunch with my awesome husband - FUN.
12:45 p.m.: YES! Sec. of State calls and they are finished!
1:15 p.m.: Documents in hand - start journey to CHI.
1:45 p.m.: Arrive at CHI and go through dossier with Erin (SW). YES! It's all good. Make 3 copies, hand over our payment and...
WOOHOOO!!! I am FINISHED with the dossier!!
2:45 p.m.: Pick Micah up from BFs house with only 15 minutes to spare - he is passed out in the middle of the front room floor with his friend Chuck dancing around him, singing, "Micah's sleeping." Take him home, put him in bed for a 2 hour nap. Awesome!

Tonight: Celebrate with glasses of Duvel (milk for Mic) and a family toast at dinner. Yay baby girl!!

Soooo, Erin expects us to be on the wait list by the time they come back from holiday - January 2nd. I'm still thinking we will have at least a 12 month wait for our referral.

Hey Micah - By the time you're three years old, we might know who your baby sister is! What do you think about that?


  1. Marathon indeed! Congrats for getting it finished, and starting your 'official' wait!

  2. We are crossing our fingers to have our dossier out by Jan 2 as well. I'm still waiting for my IN birth certificate and new State police clearance. But it's pretty freakin' exciting nonetheless.
    Now, we have to get a move-on in that nursery!!

  3. HOORAY! CONGRATULTIONS! The "Chariots of Fire" theme would work, too. :)

  4. YAY!!! So happy for you. WOW! What a week :)

  5. That is great!! Way to hustle!! 12 months, huh? It will fly by!

  6. Very cool! And oh my gosh, Micah is getting so big!

  7. So exciting!!! Micah's face is priceless!!

  8. what a marathon!! Congrats on getting it in before the holiday!!!!!

  9. Phew! I am wiped out from just reading that craziness!! But, YAAAY! I can't believe you will be on the waitlist soon! That is SO crazy Stacie!!

  10. Woo-hoo! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!! I can't believe you got it all done... wait, yes I can. Well done, Stacie, well done.


  11. Congrats! I'm so happy for you! Doesn't it feel fantastic? Yay!

  12. I don't think I have told you yet how excited I am for your family! Did you know you were the first Ethiopian adoption blog I ever read. I loved watching you bring Micah home and I can't wait to watch you bring home his baby sister. What an exciting time for your family. Good luck getting on that wait list! I'll be watching...a little like a stalker.

  13. very impressed with your hard work and determination!
    already I can't wait to see her face!
    congratulations for this huge milestone!!!