Tuesday, August 22, 2006

IT'S A BOY!!!

Dylan Alexander (born Trung Vinh) was born on March 26, 2006 in Danang, Vietnam. At 6 weeks old, he weighed 10 pounds, 2 ounces. I'm so excited, happy, and absolutely in love with him. He's the most beautiful, healthy baby I've ever seen and I can't wait to hold him! We're hoping to travel around Thanksgiving.

Now, you're probably wondering how in the world this happened. Well, let me tell you. I was reading on a Yahoo group where someone posted they had switched from CHI to VORF (Vietnam Orphans Relief Fund). I contacted her (Susan) and asked why she switched. She told me the wait was just getting too long. I agreed and said I was thinking of switching. She said she thought her agency had 3 little boys available and no approved families that wanted a boy. I contacted them immediately and it was all a blur from there. Somehow, in 3 days, I've cancelled my contract with CHI, signed up with VORF (though not officially since they just overnighted me the contract yesterday and I'm faxing it in to them tomorrow), and got a referral. It's been crazy. We started our dossier yesterday, which consists of a VN application, a commitment letter (we are required to send yearly updated to VN until Dylan is 18), police record checks, verfication of employment letters, medical clearances (no contagious diseases), our coveted 171 CIS approval, and the homestudy. We finished today and are taking it tomorrow or Thursday to the county for certification. Then we take it to the state, then our agency sends it to the VN embassy for authentication. Then it goes with our referral to VN and they start working on translating and getting everything together for Dylan's dossier. It's going to be a wild ride!! We hope to have him home by Christmas.

15 comments:

EDW said...

OMG, that is soooo exciting! Yeah for you!!!!!

Stacey said...

Congratulations!!! I hope everything works out OK with the paperwork! I can't wait to see his picutre!

baggage said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Nicki said...

Woohoo - congrats and welcome to the VORF family!

Robinson 4 said...

yay!!! Welcome to the family!!

jenn said...

Welcome to the VORF family and congrats!

Sarah said...

Congratulations!!! That's wonderful that one of those little babies now have a family! Welcome to our VORF family!

Kelly said...

YEAH!! We are with Vorf as well. I am so happy that you have found your referral!!

Sherri Puckett said...

I'm Susan's friend and we switched from CHI at the same time. She has kept me posted about your news. Congratulations. I can't wait to see his picture.

Sherri

Carolyn said...

From another VORF family, congratulations to you! Our little girl was born May 18th and is in the RC Orphanage in Danang!

Toni and Erin said...

CONGRATULATIONS Steph and Chris!!! We can't wait to meet little Dylan!

Brenda said...

Yea! The little boy found his family! Welcome to Vorf! Can't wait to hear about your travels.

Mia's Mommy said...

Hi! Welcome to the VORF family! I'm with VORF too and waiting to travel for our baby girl in DaNang that will be two the 31st of this month.

HawkOwl said...

Wow. That was a surprise. :) Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Steph, Mom & I are so proud of you and Chris. I know you will make wonderful, loving parents. Dylan just doesn't know how lucky he is to to raised by two of the most wonderful people he will ever know. He is such a pretty baby and we can't wait to hold him. Please be patient during this process. Everything that happens has a purpose, so don't rush it...it'll come, and it'll be sweet. We love you, Mom & Dad