|Ginger, our "waiting" pool giraffe|
Given that it's been such a long time (for us), Andy and I have adapted to manage the wait differently. I think we have both been busy with Dominic, with work, family, friends, and various projects. On top of all of that, it's hard to dwell too much on the wait for a 2nd child.
For me personally, I've been starting to get more and more anxious as we've neared this milestone. Dominic is now over 2 1/2 years old and we have started the process of updating all of our adoption materials because life changes quite a bit in a year. Also, if we are still waiting at this time next year, we will likely be updating all of our adoption materials again and redo-ing our homestudy.
Looking back at our post reviewing everyone's predictions on gender and when we would get picked, I think it's been proven that we have a lot of optimistic family and friends. Out of 10 guesses, only 3 estimate the wait at longer than 1 year. At present, my prediction of 13 months is currently on deck and will quickly be followed by Angie and Andy's guesses. Everyone else....stay away from Vegas :)
From talking to our new counselor (Alissa), the average wait may have shifted down closer to 16 months, but there are still a large number of families waiting to be chosen. As of today, we are one of 90 families in the pool.
Speaking of the pool, the OA&FS website lists families in the order they joined the waiting pool with the families waiting the longest showing up first. When we joined the pool a year ago today, we were the last family on the list. Today, we are 51st on the list out of the 90 families. As of today, 50 families have been waiting longer than 12 months and another 39 families have been waiting less 12 months. (There have also likely been several families that joined the pool after us and have already been selected which would influence these final numbers.)
While we haven't been picked yet, we have had a recent uptick in screening emails which has kept things interesting. After 2 early screening emails last summer, we didn't have another until January. In total since we joined the pool, we have now had 8 screening emails.
Looking ahead, what's next for us? Well, we still need to finalize our family book updates to reflect fresh pictures of Dominic, ourselves, and a slightly revamped presentation of our book. I'm definitely more inclined to tinker than Andy is (sorry Andy!), but this is definitely one way I'm managing the wait and feeling like I'm still managing some level of control in the process.
Thanks to everyone that has been so supportive over the last 12 months. As we move forward, we'll have our fingers crossed that someday soon we'll have good news to share with all of you!