Monday, November 26, 2007

We Got Pink!!!

That's right! At 3:13pm EST, I received the email from the American Embassy in Guate informing us that Gabriel received pink! Next week, we will he will be placed in our arms forever and we will be bringing our sweet, little boy HOME!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

DNA 1 and DNA 2

I thought it would be cute to show a picture of what Gabriel looked like when he had his DNA taken out at the beginning of our adoption journey vs how he looks for his 2nd DNA test this past Tuesday. In the first picture he was a day shy of 1 month; in the second picture he was 6 months (and 7 days) old.

Friday, November 16, 2007

And The Countdown For Pink Begins.......

We found out today that Gabriel had his 2nd DNA test done on Tuesday, the 14th. From that point on we begin the two week countdown to PINK! So most likely we will receive pink the final week in November! Pink, for those that don't recall, is the US Embassy's notice to adoptive parents of their Embassy appointment to finalize the adoption paperwork and get the baby's passport and visa to travel home!

This 2nd DNA test began recently in August to aid in eliminating any issues with regards to switching babies. Our agency is incredibly reputable so we never feared that problem, but every baby adopted from Guatemala now has to have this test done. This is a good procedure to have in place - to be able to compare the baby's 1st DNA test with his 2nd DNA test.

Can we say we are the LEAST bit EXCITED?????????

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Please Watch This

Please watch this video.

Two families from my agency ( were interviewed regarding their personal adoption journeys and they bravely told their story. We continue to pray that a grandfather clause is enacted for in process families to be able to finish the adoptions they began.

In the meantime, we keep Baby Nora and Baby Isabella in our prayers; that they may be reunited with their forever families very, very soon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Good News x Two!

Today we found out that Gabriel's birth certificate has been issued with our last name! Funny enough they added my maiden name as his 2nd last name, but that is very traditional in the Latin culture. Now we can add him to our health insurance policy.

On another good note, I was checking my credit card statement online and noticed that we were charged for his 2nd DNA test today!! So hopefully his DNA will be taken soon and the results can be sent to the US Embassy in Guatemala quickly so that they can issue pink!!!

Steps left:

* The new birth certificate and the entire adoption file of documents are sent for translation from Spanish to English.
*After translation, the final file is submitted to the Embassy for pink slip and the lawyer is given a second DNA authorization slip (US office processes payment with US Lab and faxes confirmations to Guatemala lab).
*The child is brought into the Guatemala lab for a second DNA test. The Guatemala lab sends samples that same day to the US lab.
*When the Embassy receives the results from the lab in the U.S. indicating a match with the first DNA test, it issues the pink slip (probably within 14 days of the second test).
* Pink slip is picked up at 3:30pm - embassy appointment day and time will be printed on the slip. FTC sends Pink Slip to you by email and you book your flights.

*After receiving pink slip and before Embassy Day, Guatemala office will prepare the package for Embassy Doctor visit and make the appointment based on availability of the Embassy Doctor.
*You come for Embassy interview appointment (M, T, W, or Fri, currently one to two weeks after pink)
*Next business day – Visa is ready (3:00 pm M-Th; 11:00 am Fri. – FTC will pick this up for you)
*Next Day – you can fly home

Monday, November 12, 2007

New Pair of Kicks

As you all know, I love baby shoes and my mom found these and well, she just had to get them for lil' G. Aren't they *just* adorable?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

November Doctor's Visit

Gabriel went for his doctor's visit on Wednesday. He is up to 14lbs, 1oz.

I picked up that cutie out for him at Target. I think it looks just adorable on him.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Oh how I love baby shoes! I adore baby clothes too, but shoes always get me! Check out the three pairs I bought for little G. I can't decide which are the cutest, but when I saw the black ones, I had to get them because they are just like his daddy's.


Oh what a bittersweet moment I experienced this afternoon.

We found out today at 5:07pm EST that Gabriel's birth mother signed off for the fourth and final time. Upon finding out, I started sobbing uncontrollably. I am beyond elated that he is officially our son, but my heart hurts for her tonight. She will never be far from my thoughts and one day I will tell Gabriel what an ultimate sacrifice she did for him ~ to have a better life. I knew this journey would not be easy for me. I have experienced a myriad of emotions on this rollercoaster ride especially since my birth mother gave me the same gift almost thirty years ago. I don't expect a lot of people to understand my feelings, but that is quite alright. My son and I already have things in common ~ a birth mother that loved us enough to make this sacrifice and adoptive parents to carry that journey out with unconditional love.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Happy 6 - Month - a - Birthday!!

Our little guy turns 6 months old today!!! We miss him terribly, but know that we will be on our pick up trip very, very soon!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Guatemalan Elections

Here's an interesting article on today's elections in Guatemala that my friend Beth sent me.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

What Needs To Happen Next?

Ok, for those wondering the order of things that still need to take place - here you go:

  • Birthmother signs final decree (final time she signs off)

  • Birth certificate issued (From Maza for those wondering - with our last name!)

  • Passport issued

  • Orange (request for DNA to be done)

  • DNA taken

  • Results to US Embassy

  • Pink (Embassy appointment is issued)

  • Buy plane tickets and pack our bags to go pick him up!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Surprise Visit Pictures!

Well, today we received my favorite pictures - surprise visit ones. Isn't he just adorable!? I can't wait to bring him home for good. My sweet little man...

Here are the rest of the pictures: