Feb 10 2013 8:32PM
post approval reflections........
This week we made it to approval panel. We have been talking about this for almost 5 years - and wanted to get jobs, house, etc all sorted before applying - so had our training back in April 2012, and our assessment visits started in September. So pretty quick through the last bit of the process I guess.
But it really does feel like something we've waited a really long time to hear. Whilst we felt quite confident by the end - we did also know that there was a chance they'd say no, or say that we could only have one child.
We have been approved for 2 siblings under 4 years old. Its going to be a completely different world sometime later this year, that we can be sure. The matching is starting in a couple of months because we're taking a break to deal with a family issue - but its still starting to feel really really real. So incredibly emotional this week - especially looking out at the snow and thinking that somewhere out there are two little wines looking out of the window at the snow who are going to be our family at some point!
So now I'm thinking about what I can do in this next couple of months to prepare. Yes, we're fixing safety gates and fire-guards of course. But also can start nesting in earnest. Auditing all the friends who've offered travel cots, toys etc and finding out what we could ask for - then when we find out what age children are coming to us we can call in what we want.
And I'm planning to make their bedroom really lovely - there'll be things I'll add once I know who they are and what they like, but can get the basics done, and that's really exciting - haven't wanted to jinx it up to now. Keep seeing lovely things that I'd like to get - think it may be a bit of shopping.