It's almost a month late, and everyone already knows, but I am here to finally announce that Andrew & I have finally received our referral! We were referred a 9 month old baby boy, named Yonata (in my head though, I call him YoYo). We got the call on Tuesday, November 5, and to say we were stunned is a bit of an understatement. Our social worker was a bit confused (and concerned) at our reaction, or rather, our lack of reaction, but when you've waited 5.5 years to be parents, the reaction can go either way - ecstatic (which did come later) or stunned-ness. The joy spread once we started calling friends & family, and it's continued to grow in the last month. We've got all the essentials ready (car seat, high chair, stroller), and have started to slowly acquire clothes. As you will recall from reading the rest of this blog, we were initially hoping for a girl, so most of the clothes we have are distinctly feminine. We're going to bring them to the orphanage when we travel for court, or to pick YoYo up after his visa is issued. The next step is waiting for a court date to be issued. We had to update a couple of pieces of paperwork in our file, so that is being sent off to the agency today. We also need to wait for the Ontario Ministry (of children's affairs) to approve the match. Once that happens we will start receiving updated pictures & stats at the end of each month (we've missed out on an end-of-November update - BOO!). We hope to travel for court in January, but realistically (with all that needs to happen with our file - authenification & translation, plus Canadian Christmas & Ethiopian Christmas holidays), I think it will be February or so.
Here is the information we currently have about YoYo.
Birthday - 1/29/13 (Aquarius, I wonder if he'll be a good swimmer)
Weight - 7.2 kg (15.8 lbs)
Height - 68 cm (26.8 inches)
We can't wait to get him home & start our adventure!