Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dance for Joy

Sometimes I felt like this day would never come... But it has.

We have found our baby!
We have been chosen to be the family of an adorable Little Guy with Down's syndrome.
Several weeks ago, we first heard about a baby boy who was relinquished at birth, as his birth family didn't feel they could bring him up. His amazing social workers did all they could to move quickly, and after visiting us they decided that we were the right family for him.

Now what?
Well, now we wait. Before things are official we still have to go through Matching Panel, which has been scheduled for the end of March (Boo! Hiss!) This is where a committee will examine the case, and either agree that the social workers have made a good choice, or argue that we are not, infact, a good match for this specific child. It's the last hurdle, and it could still go wrong and they could not approve us at Matching Panel. But the chances of that are very low at this stage. (I think of it as being 8 months pregnant... There are still several things that can go wrong, but by that stage you generally expect that you'll end up with a baby.)

After we pass Matching Panel (fingers crossed,) we will have to wait a few extra days for the decision to be ratified (final bit of burocracy,) and then we can finally meet our Little Guy! We will be visiting him at his foster home over several days/weeks, gradually increasing the length of the visits and our involvement, until he is so used to us that he can come home with us. And hey presto, family of five!

So what is he like?
Very, very cute! I wish I could post a photograph, but I can't... Not until he is officially ours. He is 4 months old at this time, but he was born a bit premature, so he is actually a bit younger than this if you correct for prematurity. (Sorry to be vague, but again, I can't say too much until it's official.) He is a little chunk! He is chubby and squishy, and just growing in to 3-6 month clothes. He has fair hair (well, not very much of it, just a bit of fuzz,) and blue eyes. He is very healthy at the moment, but of course he is so young that we don't know how he'll be in the future.
He is very close to his foster mum and likes to always keep her in his sight, and he follows her with his eyes around the room. We are told he is happiest when held or sleeping on someone :D That is so sweet, and reminds me very much of what Matilda was like as a tiny baby. (Philip was a lot more laid back, and liked having his own space some of the time.)

Roll on April! I can't wait to meet my Little Guy.

We are happy


Dancing for Joy


And even playing air guitar ;)


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