Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When It's Too Late to Call a CPA

If there's nothing else you can do right this minute, you can just work toward your adoption by putting clothes you bought for your baby on the cat.

i'm already a cat, you moron
Cats do not need sweaters with cat ears on them. I already have my own cat ears, thankyouverymuch. Idiots.

i know where your pillow is, and my bladder is full
This is what humiliation looks like. Kill me now.

We are closing in on the documents we need for our home study, and the dossier folder is filling fast as well. I've got three different CPAs to call to get my employment letter*, and as much as I'd love to have done that already, um...yeah. Working for four different families and trying to keep up with the Gymboree sale rack laundry has kept me more than busy. Thursday is our Official Adoption Work Day, so Thursday will be the day it gets done. Because CPAs? Apparently aren't in the office when it's 2am and I can't sleep because I want to get more things checked off the list.

However! Our DVD training series came in the mail today, and I can watch that anytime. Here's to adoption nerds overachieving on the quizzes!

*Because I am embarking on being self-employed as opposed to working for a family or a company, I need a letter from a CPA that states officially that I am self-employed. However, because I have no documentation from being self-employed previously--you know, since I'm just starting now--it's a little trickier than I thought it would be. But I will make it happen! An employment letter shall be mine! Eventually!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

While We're Waiting

Right now I am pretty much obsessed with checking things off the paperwork list, and while I sometimes think about the time between turning it all in and when we get our referral, it's not something that worries me very much. Time has been flying by so quickly lately, and I feel that any amount of time we have to wait will be okay. I know that a lot of families wait anxiously for their referral and find that time to be almost unbearable. But for me, I think that part will be the easy part. We won't have any paperwork to get exactly right before we turn it it. We won't have to gently remind anyone that we need anything from them or assertiveness to muster up to get what we need from my doctor's office.

And...we'll get to sleep in. I have worked with children for years now, and it is not lost on me that sleeping in is a privilege. Every time the toddler I take care of on Saturdays decides to wake up shortly after I arrive at 6:30am, I make note to savor the time we have before we will have an adorable little alarm clock in the next room.

The time I worry about is the time between when we see the first photo of our daughter and when we go pick her up, when someone else who is not me or Jarod is determining what she eats and when she sleeps and what she is dressed in for the day. That will be the hard part. And at that point, I'll probably be keyed up enough that sleeping excessively won't be very possible anyway.

Which is okay since I'll need to be up early shop for clothes other than jammies, right?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How to Shop for Your Hypothetical Baby: A Primer

One of the difficult things about being paper pregnant as opposed to regular pregnant is that we have no idea exactly how old our baby will be when she is referred to us, nor what season it will be when she comes home. This makes clothes shopping rather difficult. So there's really just one thing to do: buy jammies.

magnolia's jammies

I've got quite a collection already. If it gets worse, someone might have to stage an intervention. But how cute are those robot jammies? And the monsters? Come on. If you were me, you would have put them in the cart with the cat litter, too.

Probably you also would have thrown in some socks, and maybe you also have some bibs. Who can say, really, except every single person that has come to your house that has been forced to view all the baby gear?
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