Happy Halloween!

I am a huge Halloween fan – but sadly this year, I have not really done much.  A few little bats on my front window – that’s it.  But, I thought in tribute to Halloween, I would share the trailer to my favourite spooky movie – Poltergeist (1982).

Other top spooky movies for me:

  • Nightmare on Elm Street (#1)
  • The Shining
  • The Others
  • White Noise
  • The Ring
  • Saw
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • It

What’s your favourite spooky movie?

Baby Carriers

We are planning on using a baby carrier when we get little Alex and over the last few months I’ve been asking around for people’s reviews of them.  This will be a great way to travel in Korea, as well, it will promote attachment and bonding (I hope!) – and will allow for us to be out and about in the deep snow we get here in the snow belt.  We also have to consider getting something that can be easily adjusted – Matt is taller and larger than me – so we need it to transform between us easily.

I love the BabyHawk Mei Tai however looking at the directions, to me it really seems to be a two person job to get it tied properly.  It does however have a weight limit of 40lbs and very cool designs.

I was thinking the Baby Bjorn – but they are only good up to 25lbs – and well, I think Alex might surpass that soon after he arrives…

Some girls at AdopTalk were raving about the Ergo Baby Carrier.  It has a weight limit of 40lbs – although it has been tested up to 90lbs!  It is affordable, and the retro design is pretty cool.  So I might see about getting this one!  If we can find it around Stratford…

Delays…

So we have a few delays.  Our AP was to fax her report to the Bridge ASAP – however she preferred to courier it – so now the coordinator at Children’s Bridge will not be able to process our package until next Wednesday.  Last night we went to the bank – and hopefully everything will be set up by the end of the day.  Once we get our bank draft, we can send our papers to the Bridge.  I want everything off our dining room table by 5pm tomorrow night.

We have also been alerted that Alex has a rash on his navel – on and off for the last 2 months! … I just want him here so we can take care of him!

On other news – the computer situation is not good.  Turns out it is believed that something is wrong on the motherboard – and because it is a laptop, we would need to purchase a replacement for them to test it out.  So…. spend $3-400 to attempt to diagnose the problem on a 4 year old machine … or get a new machine.  Looks like the latter is going to happen – so long as I find time to go look at some machines.  My supervisor is advocating the Mac… while that would be nice… it is not in our budget right now… So it might have to be a Dell 😦  We’ll see.  I hope to have this figured out by Saturday afternoon.

Weekend Updates

As I mentioned in previous posts, this past weekend I was attending AdopTalk, a seminar, kinda like PRIDE (but 100 times better), put on by our agency.  Luckily Matt was able to attend the Sunday sessions which really meant a lot.  A lot dealt with attachment and coming home, but there was also talk on possible health issues, and what to expect when you travel.  The dr. who came in to talk about health conditions of the child was amazing – he has adopted 2 children from China, so he has been there and done it.  He also talked about what to do when you get sick while you are picking up your child – something that hopefully does not happen! He talked about the medicines you should take – and really tailored his talk around hte counties our group were adopting from.  The travelling segment was also very informative – what to take/what not to take, and then we got to meet with a family who had recently adopted from our country.  It was really cool – our family had just come home from Korea after picking up their beautiful baby boy 5.5 weeks ago.  They shared tips, tricks, and what they experienced in country and on the way home.  It made things so much more real. 

I must admit though – when we got home, I kinda started to crack.  Our Adoption Practitioner had to delay our appointment, which meant we had to reschedule the bank apt., which means we will be delaying sending our paperwork back.  And with our computer being down, that means it is more difficult to get the paperwork done (I’ve hijacked our my in-law’s computer today).  So, I’ve taken 2 days off work – I need to decompress and relax, and get this stuff done!

I took our computer in to the tech shop today – they think it might be the hard drive – if so it can be fixed – if it is the monitor… well then we will be looking into getting a new machine.  That sucks – especially since we haven’t done a backup recently!  I think we are going to look into the online backup services for the future.

So hopefuly after this week things will calm down, we can focus on getting a package together for Alex and send it off, and get a REAL start on the nursery!

Computer woes…

My computer died this morning… I am going through withdrawal!  I am just at a friends making a quick e-mail check – will reply to my messages once I’m at work Monday.

I really hope the laptop can be fixed… it has all my budget info, digital pics, music…  Last backup was done a few months ago… bad technology librarian… 

Monday I will also update on AdopTalk – a great experience so far!

Etsy Weirdos

In the last couple of weeks I have been making a few Weirdo Softies – Funky Frogs and Wacky Wabbits.  I have posted 3 on Etsy (I’m sending a Blue Wacky Wabbit to Baby R in Korea with a care package in the next few weeks).   I had been planning on making more – perhaps in my “spare time” – now that is funny!!! Anyhow – check them out and perhaps they might be perfect for your little one 🙂 

Next Steps…

Sorry I haven’t posted about what’s going on before now – Things have been very busy around here and we’ve barely been home. 

First of all, thank you so very much for all of the messages and e-mails – we are so very blessed to have such a wonderful friends and family!  We can’t wait for you all to meet our little man.

Some general details on him – his Korean name is Kaeul – it means “the fall”.  He was born in early May, and was a healthy weight – still is too!  We have not decided upon a Canadian name – we have the “short list” determined… problem is we both have large families with lots of boys – and most of our friends have boys – so lots of names are taken 😉  I want to post pics… but I dont’ think we will until we get him – so if you want to see a picture, e-mail me at klarobinson215(at)gmail(dot)com.

The next steps:

  1. We received Kaeul’s child study on Thursday morning, and have been reviewing his family history, medical history, and information on his sleeping, eating, and general habits (he is just perfect!!!)
  2. This afternoon we are meeting with our doctor for our second twinwix shots – and will have him review the medical information on Kaeul at the same time.
  3. This weekend I’m attending AdoptTalk – and adoption workshop for Children’s Bridge (in Mississauga).  Unfortunately Matt has another commitment and won’t be able to attend – although he is going to try to get there for Sunday’s talk.  Sunday they will be discussing travelling to get your baby.  I’m really looking forward to meeting Barbara and Karen – save me a spot girls!
  4. Monday afternoon we meet with our Adoption Practitioner to fill out all of the forms and commitment to Kaeul.
  5. Tuesday we go to the bank…
  6. On Wednesday we hopefully will be ready to send everything back to Children’s Bridge.
  7. They will then send for a Letter of No Objection from the Ministry (takes 2-3 weeks)
  8. Once the LONO is received, our package goes back to the Canadian Embassy in Korea for Visa processing
  9. So in 2.5-3 months, we will be travelling to bring ???? Matthew Kaeul Robinson home!!

We will keep you up to date on the progress!

What a day…

Well, tonight we were just watching tv, relaxing, vegging out, when at about 9:15pm there was a phone call.  It was a number I’ve never seen before, and I almost screened it, but decided to answer the call.  It was the South Korea coordinator from Children’s Bridge.  They were calling to let us know that we have… A SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That is right!!! It happened!! We have our baby! He is absolutely perfect!  We can’t wait to meet him.

We had been waiting only 2 months and 6 days for our referral. 

I am in SHOCK, actually I think we both are – but also ecstatic!!!!!!  We will share more details once we meet with our Adoption Practitioner to go over his paperwork which will arrive on Thursday and meet with the doctor (we ironically had an apt. on Friday anyhow!). 

I don’t think we will sleep tonight.  Thank you for everyone’s prayers… they worked!

Horoscope

This is so true!  This is my horoscope from iGoogle today:

“You may be in a state of high anticipation, for the Sun’s supportive sextile to intense Pluto can put your feelings on edge. You have been on a magical mystery tour, but now it’s time to settle down and make crucial decisions about your path ahead. But you cannot push the process any faster than it’s going, so set your frustrations aside and connect with others while you can.”