Not really. I am trying to be positive with this wait. My husband and I were fingerprinted by USCIS at the end of March. I thought we would have a two week wait for fingerprint approval. Not so! Our I-800A was approved on the next business day. This was record time! But it took them about 10 days to mail the official approval letter to me. Due to work schedules, we were unable to get a copy of the approval letter notarized quickly. It took 3 days (this is forever in adoption!) before my husband and I could coordinate our schedules to meet at the credit union to get our approval letter notarized. I then had to wait another day before I could make it to the post office to mail the letter to my adoption agency. It took the post office 4 days to deliver the letter to my agency. Since then, I have been waiting 2 weeks for this letter to get authenticated at the Chinese Consulate.
If you were keeping track, I have been waiting over 1 month for 1 document to be processed. This is the last document that I need in order for my dossier to be sent to China. With any luck, I will be DTC (dossier to China) by the second week of May. This is a huge milestone and will mark the half way point for waiting.
People are always asking me “how do you handle this wait when you know who your daughter is?” It is hard to describe my mixed emotions around this question. On one hand, it is emotionally draining to think about my daughter living in an orphanage on the other side of the world. I worry about her physical and emotional well-being and just want her home with her father and me. On the other hand, I do not know her. All I have is a picture of a baby who I have been pre-approved to adopt. I also have zero experience with parenting, so I have no idea what it is like having a daughter or being a mother.
All I have is a picture of a little girl and the dream of someday becoming her mother. I guess I really don’t mind waiting… that much.