It is official: We will be traveling the second half of January to get our son!!! He is three-years-old, with Down syndrome and has a repaired heart. His surgery performed when he was 7 mos-old and we are told that it was successful, although he is still followed by cardiology.
According to the information, he's a good sleeper, loves baths, interacts well and is affectionate with others, and "knows what is forbidden, but he disrespects it," which tells me he will fit right in! :)
"B" is currently in foster care, which is certainly not what we expected when we started this process. Honestly, having him in that setting gave me pause, simply because we anticipated rescuing a child from an institution. However, I am simply thrilled that Serbia even has foster families and that they, themselves, are moving children out of institutional life.
It does present another set of emotions for us and highlights that adoption is loss, first, which I will explore in a future post.
But, for now, we are beyond excited! We can't wait to meet him! Currently, we are waiting for his social centre to give us information on his clothing sizes so we can go shopping, although we do know that he weighs about 26 lbs.
We will be in country for 2 - 3 weeks. We'll have our initial meeting with the Ministry in Belgrade and then travel to B's hometown, about an hour and a half away, and stay until we obtain custody of him, and then it's back to Belgrade until all procedures and paperwork are completed.
And then we come home.