Today marks two weeks that our file entered PGN. So far so good, but we know of two other families that received previos. Thankfully they have been fixed and resubmitted back into PGN. We continue to pray for no whammies!
Thank you for all your prayers! We should be receiving social pictures soon of our little guy. Can't wait to see them!
Gabriel went to the doctor today and here is the report we received. As you can imagine, seeing his pictures make it very bittersweet for us. It is extremely difficult to watch your son grow in pictures. But we hold on to the notion that he will be home with us forever - very soon.
I do hope you are doing fine. This morning I had the opportunity to evaluate little Gabriel. He has now reached 4 months of age and has been doing well in the time since he was seen for the last time here in my office. He continues to be a very bright little boy who shows interest in all that goes on around him will turn to sound and to the different tones of voices he hears. He is also quite vocal himself and plays with the sounds he can produce, varying the tone and producing short bouts of laugh and vocalizes high feeling of pleasure.
He now shows better control of his neck muscles and will keep the head pretty straight in the midline when pulled to the sitting position. Also when on his stomach he is able to lift the head clear from the bed. Will attempt to reach out and grab whatever is nearby to put into his mouth. I am told that he takes well his formula and is also receiving his ordered vitamin supplement. Upon evaluation today I found this little one in good health with no obvious physical or neurological abnormalities, his weight is 12 lbs5 oz, length of 59.1 cms and head circumference of 39.2 cms. Please find some pictures attached.
Today we received an update that our file was submitted to PGN on Thursday, September 6th!!!! This is *awesome* news! Now we must pray that we get OUT in 8 weeks or less. Even nine weeks would be fine. With all that is going on in Guatemala, we continue to pray that we are able to bring Gabriel home by Christmas. You might hear of a lot of turmoil with the upcoming elections and possible implementation of the Hague Treaty, but we put our faith in God and know that He will not let us down. Greg and I wait to receive updates on all Guatemala situations from our agency because they have our best interest in mind and a lot of information you hear out there only suits to scare you. If you are the praying kind, we ask for your prayers during our stay in PGN. This is truly the last hurdle before we can bring little G home.
We have been told to expect a previo during our stay in PGN. A previo is when a reviewer requests more information or doesn't approve of a particular document and wants a do-over. During this time, you are kicked out from PGN while you wait for the file/document to be rectified. This basically adds more time onto your stay at PGN. So we pray for a previo-free stay in PGN. We also call them whammies. So no whammy, no whammy, no whammy!
Thank you to all our blog readers. We greatly appreciate you all keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. I truly believe deep in my heart that all our prayers will bring little Gabriel home.
Greg and Maria met almost 10 years ago and have been married for seven. They are the parents of Gabriel, a three year old, spunky, ornery, toddler, who loves all things arachnid and was adopted from Guatemala in 2007. This blog began as a way to spread the word of Gabriel's adoption and to keep everyone informed of all the stages. It is now the story of a Christian family trying to perfect their walk with Christ, their Savior, while learning what grace, mercy and forgiveness are *really* all about.