I am told that we have finally received the Article 5 approval.
In a nutshell, this means that the US embassy agrees with everyone else and states that the adoption can proceed. This is important because it is the final approval needed to move the adoption forward in Bulgaria.
Yes, that is right. The USA is finally letting me adopt Jude. All this time since we have gotten home and we have been waiting: it has been for good old Uncle Sam to do whatever the heck it is that they do.
Now Bulgaria gets to get down to the actual business of letting me adopt my child. Suprisingly (usually) they can accomplish far more in far less time: they can have a high level official sign off on her file move her file from their Ministry of Justice to their Court System, assign a court date, hold court (making us a family), issue an adoption decree, issue a new birth certificate, and issue a new passport all in the about the same time (possibly less time) than it took the USA to essentially look at my paperwork mutiple times and say “Yup, you can adopt, but this guy needs to say the same thing too.”
Anyway. It’s over now. In the past. I need to let it go.
It’s also high time I let go of my insecurities and superstitions and get some things done. Like finish Jude’s room. I am going to work on doing everything that needs to be done except one thing. Last March I bought wooden mobiles, and I am going to save that one special thing until we pass court. But after I finish writing this blog post I am going to work on moving her clothes into the dresser into that room. I finished her baby registry and told my family and friends. House is baby-proofed. I am going to make one last Ikea run in the next couple of weeks. Once the snow has melted and the ground thaws (hopefully before she comes home, but at the rate this winter is going it is a toss-up) I am going to bribe my sister into helping me assemble the swingset.
It is also time for me to start prognosticating: I am thinking our “Gotcha Day” will land somewhere between May 2nd – June 5th.
Before then however we won’t have much news for the next month or so. It seems to take about a month for news on a signature, however once you do get a signature you typically get information on when your court date will be at the same time.