First off - I will post that I understand if you don't want to read about us going through the adoption process. This blog was always intended to be our journey through parenthood, and when Bailey died, it more became her space. So, question to my followers...should I leave this as Bailey's space, and start a new one for our future children? Or continue with the original plan of it being for "Our Jouney to Bailey and Beyond"?
We are in "full-steam ahead" mode with the adoption process. We have actually made another big decision. We have decided we are going to pursue international adoption and adopt from Korea. I am half-Korean, with my mom being full blood Korean. We should get our referral quicker since I am of Korean heritage. We receive the referral about 3-6 months after we complete our applications, and once we accept our referral, we have to wait on travel. Travel wait time is estimated at 8-12 months. We will travel to Seoul, South Korea for about a week and when we come home, our baby will be 14-18 months old. I am excited about the travel, because I think my parents will go with us, which will be something special for my mom, because she was born in Seoul, and hasn't been back since she was adopted at 6 years old.
One of Korea's stipulations with adopting is you cannot be more than 30% overweight. For the first time in years, I qualify and meet this criteria. Adam however does not...but not by much. So, we are on Operation: Lose the Weight!. Adam has about 10 pounds he needs to lose before we can even apply with this organization.
The agency requires the following though (and I am not 100% sure if it's the agency or the Korea program): We can't be pursuing infertility treatment and actually recommend preventing, because if I get pregnant our adoption will be put on hold. The other is we can't be pursuing adoption through another agency.
We can do it though...after 4 years of infertility and 3 1/2 years of infertility treatments...maybe it's time for a small break and see where this road takes us?