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Another 2 Steps Closer To #BabyVW

This weekend we inched a little closer to taking our family of 3 to a family of 4! We had our home visit with the Procare SW, Letitia, yesterday morning. My Mom flew up for the weekend and Walter’s mom also came around for the home visit. It was not at all what I expected it to be, having read so many fellow adopter’s stories of how they set up the nursery and repacked cupboards and spring cleaned and scrubbed their homes in preparation for their home visits, I was surprisingly relaxed considering that we had decided not to do any of those things.

Yes, we have a spare room right next to our bedroom that will be #BabyVW’s room but it is not set up as a nursery as yet.  I have 6 crates full of baby goods stashed in the garage and the cot, travel system and stroller are all wrapped in plastic and stored in the garage but we didn’t feel it was really necessary to have it all out on display, after all, we have already managed to successfully raise one child to toddlerhood. We did not panic and repack cupboards or scrub and clean and in hindsight I’m glad we didn’t. Aside from using our guest bathroom, Letitia spent a couple of hours sitting in the lounge, chatting with us, while we watched the Bulls/Crusaders Super 15 game. It was very relaxed and we didn’t do much aside from chat, drink coffee and eat shop bought cake!

At the end of it I jokingly asked Letitia if we’d past and she laughed and said yes, she liked the grannies and could see that Ava was very loved by our extended families and now it was just a matter of a few more items of paperwork to be completed and the panel meeting for our final approval booked.

It was really no biggie at all and nothing like I had imagined it would be.

The rest of the weekend I spent working on updating our profile. I wanted something a little more quirky and one that would show off our fun side as a couple and as a family. I eventually uploaded our completed profile to Blurb this afternoon and it should be delivered to me before the 2nd of August – have I mentioned how much I love Blurb? Their templates are amazing the quality of their books is fantastic!

I’m very happy with our new profile, I also decided to make it red as it’s Ava’s signature colour and one of my favorites and it will certainly stand out in a pile!

Here is our cover:

Blurb Cover

From tips received from other adopters, I also updated our profile with a little letter from Ava to her future brother or sister.

The only thing left to do now is our income statement which we’re hoping to finish tonight and finger prints for our police clearance.

Step by step, moment by moment, with each passing day we’re moving closer and closer to #BabyVW!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Wynette

    Lovely! Sharon not sure if your Social Worker saw your profile in the making but I would hate you to get it printed which can be quite costly and then re-do it. Procare Cape Town was quite strict about not using surnames or anything that could identify you or be to personal. Not sure if you planning to print your surname as above. We were only allowed to use first names, I had to delete one of the pages in our profile as it had my husbands company name etc.

    . Perhaps just clarify with her as I have noted that different agencies have different requirements.

    P.S Your profile is really catching, screams fun, laughter, love and warmth.

    Good Luck!

    July 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks W! She has seen the first draft and was happy with the detail we’d included, which did also show our surname.

      July 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Joyce

    Congrats Sharon! We also adopted through Procare. They are great and the home visit was the same for us. She didn’t event look at the house, just chatted for a long time. We were also advised to leave surnames off and to this day have not used any surnames when dealing with Procare, as they pass letter and pics on to the biological mom. All the best for the waiting for baby! It is very exciting!!!!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:31 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks Joyce! After hitting panic stations over this last night, I spoke with Letitia this morning and she says that because we have such a common surname it’s not an issue. Sjoe! Relief as we’ve paid a small fortune for our profile!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Coco

    Hi Sharon, the profile cover looks stunning!! Longing for a second child is different to the first but on some levels more intense as it is not just something you want with all your hearts desire, but it is also a gift you so desperately want to give your child/Ava. That is how I feel anyway! Maybe baby van Wyk is already “baking” waiting patiently for his new family! Thinking of you!

    July 23, 2012 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Lena

    Exciting!!
    Your new profile page looks AWESOME!!!
    Really hope that #2 is baking as we read this!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:26 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Both my mom and my MIL are convinced, after meeting with our SW on Saturday morning, that #BabyVW is already baking and will be with us soon. I’m not sure what gave them that impression but I’m trying not to dwell on it because I get far too excited and carried away!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Sian

    I am glad that it went well. Our home visit was much the same. Its really nothing to be anxious about, but in saying that I really was until it was over.
    I’m thinking its going to be soon. xxxx

    July 23, 2012 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Lise

    I am so glad it went well!

    I just have to say I absolutely LOVE your cover page. It really is happy, loving and fun.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Looks awesome S! Holding thumbs for baby VW soon.

    July 23, 2012 at 10:37 am
  • Reply sophie

    HI Sharon,

    Lovely post.
    As you probably now me by now, I like things natural.
    I am very pro-breastfeeding etc. But I never wanted to breastfeed my adopted girl. I am convinced that even if a non-pregnant body can produce milk, it will not be of good quality. Consequently, in that particular case, breastfeeding is not best at all !!
    There are many other ways for bonding, other than breastfeeding.
    So far as I understood a good parent to one’s child, is one who can also let go of ideals, when it comes to adapting to the reality and circumstances of one’s child.

    I think you are a great mum to Ava and she looks absolutely happy and gorgeous !! Well-done !!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    Wow, looks beautiful! All of the very very best.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Julia

    I LOVE it. All the best.
    xx

    July 25, 2012 at 7:48 am
  • Reply TJ

    Holding thumbs for you! Your front cover looks lovely! Loving those photos you’re using!

    July 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Lynne

    aawww… another little baby…. it is so exciting! Our first baby was 18 months old… i remember the wait for our daughter which came to us when she was just turning 3 months old… it so emotional on every level… you have this ache in your heart to hold that little baby… every single day… and then, like with Ava, they phoned us on the Friday evening at 7, we flew back to SA on the Tuesday (was living in a different country) and on the Thursday we picked our little girl up at the airport… it.is.magical in every sense…

    i think of you often..waiting…trusting and knowing your little one is coming closer and closer… he/she will appear when the time is exactly right… hehee… so exciting… because you never know…. 🙂

    Do you know of http://www.shutterfly.com? you think Blurp is great? Oh boy!!! Go have a look at Shutterfly!!! Amazing! xx

    July 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Chantal

    Love the pics!

    August 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm
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