Wednesday, June 30, 2004

April 6, 2004

As of right now, our dossier is complete, except for our homestudy, which was done by Beth Krissel, of A Way for Children ( Beth did our homestudy for Lisa's adoption, so it was just an update from then. The report is done, but in the process of being "county certified" and then apostilled (state certified). Lots of red tape and gold seals are involved in international adoption! The paperwork looks pretty impressive when all is said and done, I must say!

Our new daughter was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. The surgery to repair her lip has already been done in Kazakhstan, and they did a phenomenal job. We will be using the cleft team of Dr. David Matthews here in Charlotte, for her palate repair and any other surgeries she may need in the future. The sooner we get her fixed up and into speech therapy, the better!

We are kinda stumped about what this new babe will be named. Her Kazakh name is Karina, but we will re-name her and keep Karina as her middle name.  Too many "K" names in the family already!  I will be tripping all over myself if there is another one!  Not that Karina isn't a beautiful name.

So ... we are in the "hurry up and wait" stage. Always the most frustrating and nerve wracking!!

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