Now is a great time for an update after a busy February. First up, Andy and I had an amazing trip out to Hawaii. Similar to how we took one last big vacation before adopting Dominic, our week Hawaii was a great time to get away, recharge, and enjoy a rare opportunity. Someday, we hope to take Dominic and a future sibling there for a vacation that all of us will enjoy.
Going to Hawaii was also a way to take our minds off of our longer than expected adoption wait. Of course, we even got another screening email towards the end of our trip marking #18. Overall, there was a significant amount of activity for OA&FS in February which resulted in 9(!) separate placements. For an agency that has typically averaged 41 placements a year, this is a huge spike for a short time period and coincides with our jump in recent screening emails.
As we are up to 21 months in the pool, now is a good time for a fresh round of statistics on our waiting pool/wait:
As a final update, we took Dominic on a trip today. We got to visit his birth dad Jason, play at the local children's museum, and then enjoy lunch afterwards. It was great to connect again, and we'll be looking forward to a future visit his birth family!