Friday, March 28, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
For dessert, I made individual molten chocolate cakes. They were awesome! They had gooey chocolate centers....YUM.
Mitchell laying in our bed, reading one of the many books he got for his birthday. He's just like I was/am...he reads super fast and will read a book over and over again.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
So, the word from Laura (the employee at PGN) was that our case is with the 2nd reviewer and has been on the desk of the 2nd reviewer since 3/11. The first reviewer does a quick check of documents and then passes the case on to the 2nd reviewer, who does a more thorough check. The 2nd reviewer then either approves the case or issues a previo or multiple previos for missing documents or errors on documents. All of the files then go to the director's desk for signature--approved cases AND cases being kicked out have to get his signature.
Here's one of the insane things about PGN, though...there are anywhere from 3-5 2nd reviewers (I think there are 12 first reviewers...and only one director--Sr. Barrios). Each reviewer has different requirements that they like to have in files...one of them insists that the adopting parents have a specific kind of notarized and certified letter, while another reviewer doesn't care if that letter is in the file or not. There really is no rhyme or reason to the whole process.
In the past, cases could stay on the 2nd reviewers desk for 6+ weeks. There is no telling how long we could be there now. PGN is closed for the rest of the week for Easter, but after than, anything could happen...we could find out we are OUT at any time...we could find out that the 2nd reviewer has issued another previo at any time...The timing is completely up in the air. There are people whose cases were submitted to PGN before us who are OUT and some who are still in PGN.
It is kind of mind-boggling to think that there are around 12 first reviewers, 3-5 second reviewers and one director for THOUSANDS OF CASES!!! No wonder it can take so long!
Please keep praying. We would love to hear news in the next few weeks that Miranda is OUT of PGN!! That is our prayer.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- "looks very well"
- "doing great"
- "physically and neurologically normal"
I asked him specifically about Miranda's eyes. He told me that the foster mom mentioned I was concerned about a possible lazy eye and he told me he checked her eyes and they "look fine" and are "OK."
He also told me the foster mom had told him I was concerned about Miranda's head shape---which is true..she has a pretty flat back of the head!! He said her head is just a slight variation of normal (and even used to correct medical term-plagiocephaly) and was nothing to worry about. Those of you who have known us for at least 7 years probably remember that our oldest son, Mitchell, had to wear a corrective helmet because he had EXTREME plagiocephaly. So, as you can imagine, I am a bit hyper-vigilant about head shape!
I have heard good reports about this doctor from other families and hope to meet him when we are picking up Miranda. He is one of the doctors who the U.S. embassy contracts with to do "exit" medical appointments on children who are being adopted. I hope to go to that final appointment with Miranda in Guatemala.
No word yet from PGN. I asked our coordinator if she had heard anything and she said "No." The good thing, though, is that we haven't heard about a KO (kickout) either! So, I'm praying that our file will have God's protection as it goes through different reviewers at PGN and will be on the director's desk soon. The director of PGN, Sr. Barrios, gives the final sign-off on the cases. Last night I was talking with Matt again about the whole PGN process and he said, "So, we need to pray for Barrios, right?" I thought it was a good approach to take...Let's all pray for Sr. Barrios!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Miranda's measurements as of 2/29/08:
weight: 14.4 lb. (55%)
length: 24.6 inches (26%)
head circumference: 16.1 inches (35%)