We announced 3 months ago that we are adopting again. Last Wednesday, we received a referral of a baby girl from Korea — up to two months earlier than expected!
On Friday, we met with our caseworker to receive and review a packet of info including a description of the child, family history, medical information, several photos, as well as the acceptance paperwork we must complete and submit.
Baby Girl Willis was born March 5, 2009. She weighed 7.4 pounds at birth and 16.3 pounds at 4.5 months. She was born 19.6 inches long and has grown to 26 inches.
A foster family is caring for Baby Girl Willis. Her foster family includes an 8-year-old boy, which should give her some sibling experience (but it will be a whole new experience for Ethan!). She is described as being “rather gentle and she likes to be with others.”
Now that we know her Korean name, we can start looking for American names that have the same meanings as her Korean name.
While this certainly brings back memories of the first referral nearly two years ago (see It’s a Boy!, one of this blog’s most popular posts to date), Ethan certainly adds a whole new twist to the experience!
Our caseworker showed Ethan the photos of his future sister before she showed them to us. It was fun to watch (and video) — it was a good/positive reaction, albeit a clueless one, perhaps! (see photo below).
One big difference between this referral and the first is that with Ethan’s referral we struggled with whether or not to post a photo on our blog. Looking at our blog now, you might not know how much we struggled with that initial decision (then, we ended up posting one of the six we received).
Now, the next step is to complete the final/acceptance paperwork and wait for all the legal pieces to come together so that we can go to Korea to pick up our baby girl. Travel to Korea is expected to take place in about 3 to 4 months … just in time for Christmas!