Yup, that's our baby girl :) She is standing - though it looks like she is resting her elbow on the cabinet behind her. Still, everything else looks good. She hasn't gained any weight though - she is still about 22 pounds even though she is 2 years and 4 months old. She weighs less than Simeon. I just want to get her home and hold her!!!
Her update also said that she likes to be held and cuddled (yay!) and that she says three words now too. I am thrilled with both of those updates.
On the process front, we have our LOA!!! This is the official Letter of Acceptance that China issues. We had a PA (preliminary authorization) to be matched with Liliana and apparently they liked our dossier enough to say that we can definitely have Liliana. Normally, the timeline for travel would be 10-14 weeks from today or so, but I am due in 9 weeks, which throws a monkey wrench into things.
I spoke with my agency today and they confirmed that it is pretty much impossible that she will be home before our next newborn arrives. There is a big holiday happening in China in early October, so the agency is sending their last adoption group that will get through the process before the holiday. That group will leave by September 12th. After that, the next group probably won't leave until October 7th or so and I am due the 8th.
I am coming to terms with the delay. I just wish that our home study agency would be willing to move the process along at a reasonable pace after the baby is born instead of trying to drag it out as long as possible. They keep saying to not rush the process - which normally I would agree with, but I fail to see how spending a few more weeks sitting around and waiting for them to write the report will help me in the process. Oh well. It's in God's hands at this point and I do trust Him with the timing.
In the meantime, there is LOTS going on around here with B.J. settling into being the Assistant Principal and me trying to get lots of things done before Pelah arrives. Add to that the usual business of life and our days are full. One of these days I will get around to blogging about our two different weeks at Sandy Cove as well as B.J. and I getting away to Lancaster for a weekend, but for now, I need to get some sleep. Please pray with us that our home study agency comes around and that God would prepare us for the weeks and months ahead. God is good!!!