. . . another baby girl from India! Last month, we applied to begin the adoption process again through Dillon International. Now we are knee-deep in references, medical reports, and all the other things necessary before we go on to do our home study with a local social worker.
We shared the news with our families two weeks ago, and the big question has been, "Will the process go more quickly because it's your second adoption?" The answer, unfortunately, is "Not really." We will be able to save a few steps because Dillon already has copies of our marriage license, etc., and we've already written the required autobiographies, so that's helpful.
But the Indian courts and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration all have their own timelines, which we will again wait patiently (!) for. The good news is that we've ridden this roller coaster once before, and are a bit less likely to be blindsided by the many surprises and delays that are part of adoption.
The kids are excited in an abstract way, because a.) the boys vaguely remember how long it seemed to take last time, and b.) Anya Rashi has no concept of time beyond "tomorrow." We should all take our cue from her! It's heartwarming to hear how they already refer to their "new baby sister" in conversation, though.
So, about two years from now, we will be a family of six!