Our agency requires families to have the medical info reviewed by a doctor before accepting a referral. I immediately sent the file to University of Minnesota's International Adoption Clinic for review. Their form letter indicates they have 1-3 days to respond, but I seem to remember it being really quick when they reviewed Hannah's file for us. I spent the rest of Monday obsessively checking my email, hoping for a response.
On Tuesday morning, I got the return email saying everything looks good with the medical information, no surprises in the bloodwork, no concerns in the growth report.
Tuesday afternoon, we notarized our Letter Of Intent and shipped it off to our agency! This is the formal way of saying, "We want to adopt this child." When China grants us Pre-Approval, it's their way of saying, "Yes, we will hold her file just for you, and you may submit a dossier and we will determine if you meet our requirements." Once we have that lovely PA, we'll be able to show you pictures.
Speaking of pictures, a couple of weeks ago, Walgreens was having a FREE 8X10 promotion. I had Katie's baby picture printed. We weren't officially matched yet, but I figured if something went wrong and I ended up throwing it out, it wasn't costing us anything. This morning, I hung that picture up on our wall with all the other kids' baby pictures. My heart is so full.
Sorry about the post-it. Believe me, I'll be showing her pictures just as soon as I can.