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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baby Proof

As, I mentioned yesterday, Fred and I have been working diligently to "make room for baby". We read in our home study packet that we must "baby proof" the house for the home inspection. 

Let me tell you, this is not an easy task.  Fred spent the majority of July 4th installing the locks on all of our cabinets and drawers.  You never really know how many you have until you start a task like this.  I don't know how people do it with a toddler running around. 
 Since deciding we're going to adopt, we've been...

fingerprinted
 gone to the county courthouse for our background checks and back because they misspelled our last names...
And we also spent our time filling out all of our home study paperwork all before our initial meeting.
 Last Friday, we had our first meeting with our social worker who is conducting our home study.  (for those of you in the Memphis area, we are using Jewish Family Services)  We talked with her about what's to come and what she expects of us and what we should expect of her.  Our current timeline for the home study is as follows:

July 6:  1st Home Study Meeting
July 27:  My Individual Meeting
August 3 :  Fred's Individual Meeting
August 9: Our In-Home Visit
September:  Finalization of Home Study

We've also been instructed to complete an online parenting class and read a couple of books on adoption and parenting.  Honestly, I think all soon-to-be parents should be required to do this. 

In the meantime, we've signed with American Adoptions
 One of the reasons we loved their program was because we could begin working on our print, online and video profile all before our home study is complete (don't worry, I'll post the links once they're complete).  This way, we can go "live" as soon as our home study is finalized.  Now that we have a timeline, we can start working on our profile right away! 

Adoption is a lot of hard work, but it's worth every minute.

27 comments:

According to Jax said...

So awesome!!! Happy heart! :)

Erin said...

Love hearing about all the progress Mrs.Smithwich ! (sheesh!)

Shannon said...

Congrats on this amazing decision to adopt! You guys will be wonderful parents! I'm so excited to hear how things go over the next couple of months. :)

Becky said...

Congrats to you and your family on taking these steps towards growing your family! You have such an amazing support system and I know that this process will be hard, but it will be so rewarding in the end. I love that you're willing to share your progress through ups and downs on here.

Best of luck with everything coming up, though I know that you don't need it. You guys will be amazing parents - your baby will be spoiled with love!

Leah said...

Yeah! That seems so fast for the home study. I love that it's already in full swing and this will bring you so much closer to your baby. Can't wait to follow and share in this new journey with you. xoxo

CMae said...

I am thrilled for you and your hubby and can't wait for your adoption journey to begin!!! :) Very happy for you!

Emily said...

So exciting! I am glad you are documenting it all on the blog so we can follow along.

Emily said...

Can't wait to continue to hear about the journey. You all will clearly be amazing parents!!

Meredith said...

How exiting, working in family law previously, I did the Parenting class so that I could better instruct clients. So happy for you guys.

Emily said...

Can't wait to continue to hear about the journey. You all will clearly be amazing parents!!

Kristen :) said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this :) Can't wait to see more posts!!!

Carolyn said...

So exciting!!! I would be screwed if I came over to your house. I am HORRIBLE with childproofed stuff. HAHA Want to adopt me? :)

Momma Drees said...

Such an exciting time - best of luck!

Shari said...

I love hearing this story! Can't wait for more updates in the weeks/months to come. One step closer to Baby S. :)

Ashley said...

How exciting! I'm new to your blog and I'm excited to read about your journey with adoption!

Stephanie said...

This is SO exciting!!! So happy for y'all!

The Taffs said...

I'm behind in my blog reading - congratulations on such a fantastic decision! Many blessings to your family!!!

J and A said...

I love how fast it's moving!!! I'm soooo excited for you!! :) xo

Amanda said...

congrats! This is all so exciting!

Erica Elia said...

I am sending so many prayers and wishes of blessings your way during this new stage in your life. Many blessings sent your way! Erica

erin said...

Wow, we still don't have some of our house baby proofed, and Charlotte is 16 months old! :) You and Fred are going to be such great parents. I love being able to follow your journey!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I'm so excited to follow you on this journey :)

You must read flower patch farm girl if you don't. She would be so helpful to you !
http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

Meghan said...

That is a long process, but I am sure it is so worth it in the end:) Best of luck!

Cole said...

I'm so excited for you! You and Fred will make WONDERFUL parents!

Jax said...

This is all so exciting! It definitely sounds like a lot of hard work. Part of me thinks some parents should have to do this before having biological children, too, not only adopting.

R said...

May I ask a possibly silly question? Jewish Family Services. Is there something that makes it better than a Christian service? Is it not all a state run thing? I know very little about adoption and family service visits so I was curious if it was a religious based choice or whatnot. I hope that doesn't make me sound like a complete idiot.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How exciting that you are getting a step closer with each thing getting marked off!