Tuesday, June 8, 2010

5150 Miles to a Sister or Brother!


I haven't posted in forever...so I thought I would make up for it with some VERY exciting news. We are going back to Poland to add to our family! Klaudia is going to have a brother or sister!!

We are doing everything essentially the same as last time: same country, same agency, same homestudy agency. We are close to finishing our homestudy and are off and running on the paper chase. It feels a bit easier the second time around. The paperwork is basically the same (although we were I-600 before and are I-800 now), but we know what to expect now. We wont have everything to Poland for a few months at least (need to finalize the homestudy, get immigration approval, finish dossier, etc.) Oh, and we are not specifying boy/girl - leaving that one up to the powers that be!

Meanwhile...we are enjoying our time as a family of three. You'll see some photos of Klaudia below. She is just blossoming! She is talking so much, she is walking and running great, and she sings too (she gets the "Hairbrush Song" stuck in hear head and will occasionally burst out with "oh where, oh where oh where...brush!"). Klaudia is doing well with school and they teach her so much every day.

She is also very much a two year old, is discovering her independence, and is learning how to express herself (read she is learning to say "NO" a lot, is testing us, tells me I am "naughty" and to "sit down", etc.). She goes through spurts of clinginess, but overall she is much more confident that we aren't going anywhere. I can now do some things around the house or kitchen without her screaming for me to hold her.

Klaudia's been loving the warmer weather (with the exception of the week or two our A/C was out). We got a water table that she loves, Grandpa A put a swing up in the backyard, and we head out on walks and local adventures in the evenings and weekends. That girl can go-go-go and will push herself to the limit!

On the wing of Marikay's aiplane in Santa Paula, CA (note the pink and purple stripes - she is so cool!)

In Grandpa California's lab

With Dad and Mickey (she is over her fear of soft things!)

With cousins on Easter

I will try to blog more and keep everyone up to date on Klaudia and the next addition. I haven't even thought yet about a new timeline, countdowns, etc. One day maybe I'll spruce up this Blog a bit.

14 comments:

Tom and Kara said...

AHHH!!!!! I am so happy for you guys! That is SO EXCITING! And Klaudia is lovely.

kelly said...

Wow!!! Congrats to your family, how exciting!! I'll be following your journey :-)
PS Glad the AC's fixed!!

Heidi said...

Yay!! That is so exciting. Congratulations on your second adoption. I agree, it is easier the second time around. We were pre-Hague (and a different country) with Molly's adoption but still having "been there done that" makes the paperwork process a lot easier.

Adoptive Parents of Three said...

Wow, that's fantastic news! I admire you for going through this process again, and SO SOON! I keep feeling I need a ten year break from paperwork, and I was PRE-Hague. :-)

Good luck with everything and looking forward to reading more updates on how well your daughter is doing.

sarah said...

Very exciting news! And great pictures of Klaudia... she is a doll!

Ramie said...

Congrats....that is so exciting. Now that you have gone public I will have to tell you that a little bird in Poland (name starts with a M) told us while we were there! She was very excited you were coming back! Such wonderful news!

Julie said...

YIPPPPEEEEE! Klaudia is so lucky! I am so excited for the three of you. I'm also half wondering if you've totally lost your mind! Just kidding!

I was just talking with another adoptive mom today about adopting another 2 yr old in 2yrs. I'll be following your blog diligently to learn what it is like the 2nd time around and what it's like to be in Poland with 2 little ones.

Congratulations to you!

Lee and Martha said...

Yeah!!! The little bird told us too that you were considering this. Everyone was so excited for your family. Congratulations!! This is absolutely wonderful news!

C Speh said...

How very exciting. I love the new pictures. Glad things are going well.

Sherry L said...

Congratulations! That is exciting. I look forward to reading your blog again.

Great pictures!

Country mom said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

Shelly said...

WONDERFUL NEWS!!! We are still deciding what our next move will be. Chances are though that we won't be too far behind you. Good luck on getting everything done and sent.

The Rzentkowski's said...

Klaudia looks great! So relaxed and happy!! Congratulations on your big announcement. Best wishes to you all. It was great to be able to catch up on what's been going on with you guys.

James and Melanie said...

I think I'm always the last to read everything, but here is my two cents! Wow! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to follow along! James and I were discussing this, but won't be doing it for a few more years! PAVE the way Andrews family!