We are less than a week away from our first home visit! There isn’t a ton we can do to prepare, but we have been going through the house, decluttering, organizing and making sure we meet all the safety standards.
A few things they check for:
- Fire extinguisher on each floor of the house
- Working Smoke Detectors within 10 feet of the bedrooms (We got this, Jack Pearson)
- Carbon Monoxide Detector
- Medications/dangerous chemicals locked up and/or out of reach
- First aid supply kit, nothing expired
- Guns are locked up and ammunition is stored separately
- Pets are vaccinated
So not a big deal. I think the only thing we really had to change was moving our cleaning supplies to a new location. They technically have a lock on the cabinet where I normally keep them, but we don’t always keep it locked. So we are just going to move them.
Other than that, I have made approximately 800 trips to Goodwill with items we don’t need or can’t store. And Josh and I have been watching the Olympics like it’s our job.
Currently obsessed with Chloe Kim, and beyond words excited to have such a cool Korean-American “hero” for our kiddo. I used to have Olympic gymnast posters in my room. I realize our child may not care at all, but it still makes me excited to think about sharing the 2022 Winter Olympics with him or her.
In other news, we got our home study invoice. This is getting super real HA!
I have so, so, so, so much to say about international adoption. I’ve been rolling the words around in my brain for about a week. There is such a cloud surround adoption that I never saw before. So much suspicion or cynicism. I’ve spent a lot of time reading journal articles and news features in the last week on the history and current state of South Korea’s adoption program, but I can’t figure out the right way to say how I feel about it all. In some ways, I simply feel unqualified as a future adoptive parent, not a current one.
Anyway, that’s rambling for another time. Right now, it’s just time for my kids to take a nap.