Saturday, February 23, 2008

rollercoaster of a week

What a week!  I've had highs and lows galore.  The week started with my mom FINALLY coming home from the hospital Monday night.  She's still struggling with some pain, but is able to eat more and is getting her strength back.  When you talk to her, there is no question in her mind that she will be making the trip to Vietnam.  Hooray!

On Tuesday I received an email from USCIS about my I600.  I don't really want to get into it, but I answered their question and had a bad feeling that that wouldn't be the end of it. 

Thursday I got word that the plans for my Family Leave at work were pretty much finalized so I can stop worrying.  The day ended with what I thought was a great "Lost" episode.  WTH is Kate doing with Aaron?!

Friday was not one of my best days.  I got to work and found an email from my agency saying that I have to re-file my I600.  I then proceeded to call my mother and sob on the phone for a good 20 minutes.  Sadie is going to be 9 months old on Monday.  She was abandoned in the hospital when she was 3 DAYS old.  How is it OK for this process to take so long?  At this point I'm not convinced that she'll be home before she is one.  This breaks my heart. 

But today, Saturday, things started looking up.  I received  2 new pictures and measurements.  Sadie is now 26 inches long and weighs 15.4 pounds.  She's not any longer than she was in December, but she's put on a little weight.  The new pictures are so much better than the last ones.  She's not smiling, but she just looks happy.  I can't explain it.  There is a twinkle in her eye. 

sadie eyes

She looks so healthy.  Her skin is beautiful!  In one picture she is being held by a smiling nanny and in the other, she appears to be standing in her crib.  I LOVE THESE PICTURES.  And if these weren't great enough, I am told I will get more pictures and VIDEO when my agency director returns home.  : )

The day just got better from there.  I went to the mall to return something from one of my showers and ended up buying lots of treats for Sadie.  First I bought her a bib and plush play set for her first Passover.  It's so cute I could die!  Then she got a onesie, a sweater and a little outfit from Macy's.  A dress, nightgown, socks and a tee from Gymboree.  And the cutest bathing suit EVER, from the Gap.  It is navy blue with cherries on it.  It went on sale a few weeks ago and I've been looking for it ever since.  I found it in her size (I hope!) tucked away on a shelf, behind some other items.  It was meant to be. 

Here's hoping next week brings only good news!


waitingforoursweetpea said...

I am soooo sorry the re-file thing happened to you as well. We had that happen at the end of January. Our daughter will be 9 months on March 5th. I don't think this will delay you, it shouldn't as you still have your receipt date. Just fill out and Fed ex it directly to HCMC.

I hope you get to your daughter very soon, she looks beautiful, and sounds healthy.
You are in my thoughts...

3continentfamily said...

Best wishes and speedy news!

The Gregs said...

We also had the big bummer Friday. Now that is taken care of, and we can wait with greater confidence. Hang in there.

Katherine, aka katedrew94 said...

Wow, what a crazy week. I hope that the I600 process goes quickly now that everything will be smoothed over soon. And what a precious baby!! Glad your mom is feeling better.