Sunday, April 15, 2007

Baby Care Seminar

Updated Post...

This afternoon I attended a very informative Baby Care seminar offered by my agency. It was a good learning tool and may be something I attend again between now and going to China. We learned a lot in the 2 hours we were there and sometimes I missed things.

We covered:
- nutrition in China and at home
- attachment
- travel medications and what to look for while in China
- child development for a child who has been in an orphanage
- a variety of other issues.

It was good and I learned a lot.


If you've read this post before you'll notice that a portion has been removed. It's all good.

THANK YOU to all who posted your encouragement and support.


  1. When someone asks for your opinion they should be prepared to listen to it. If they really didn't want your opinion, then they should not have asked in the first place.

    I think many people (me included) are under the (false) impression that things are going to speed up and many (myself included) NEED that to get them through this wait.

    HOWEVER - as much as I WANT to wait to DECREASE and (sort of) chose to believe it, I DO know in the back of my mind that things are NOT going to decrease.

    That all said, I know that you are upbeat, optimistic, INFORMED AND you do this all the while you are being realistic - which apparently they are choosing NOT be!

  2. Catherine,
    Easy for ME to say, but ..... don't worry about the guy ..... he'll see the reality of the process one of these days. Who you are in Christ is the biggie, not what he thinks. Pray for him and I'll pray for you. I don't know you personally, but I'll vouch for your character based on your blog.
    God Bless,

  3. Ahhh...I've been there too.

    I just preface what I say by saying that my thoughts may be dramatically different from those of the person asking. But, they did ask for my thoughts so that's what they get. They don't have to agree.

  4. I had to smile when I read your post.

    I have to admit that I used to HATE your predictions months and months ago. I hated that you thought it would be x amount more months till referral. I used to always think you MUST be erroring on the REALLY REALLY safe side, but that you were far from right! lol


    That was x number of months ago for me and well....


    I'm afraid you are almost perfectly bang on!!!

    (I still don't like it!!! ;)

    I think it's just hard for others to actually BELIEVE that it's going to be as long as it is.

    They'd rather hold on to that SLIGHT chance it could speed up, then to even contimplate the lader.

    They really should not be hasty about it though!! Sorry you had to go through that today!!

    Love ya!! And thank you SOOOO much for your encouraging words on my blog yesterday!! I was a bawling mess reading your comments to Dale. I could barely make it through all the words! I was like...."Isn't she amazing Dale??" He said.... "She sure is!"

    Bless you dear friend,


  5. I guess to some people, ignorance is bliss. If the way they cope is to put their heads in the sand, that's fine. But they shouldn't have jumped all over you because you have a different (and probably more realistic) opinion about the wait. I'm sure it was very upsetting, but try not to fret too much about it!

  6. Get me their phone number and I will gladly inform them of your level of sunshine-ness. And how dare they insult such a wonderful human being! Hummppph!

    They will be the ones who will be unhappy when their expected time comes and goes. Too bad they choose to stick their head in the sand.

    Don't let them get you down my friend!

  7. Catherine,
    They asked. You told. Period. If you don't want to know, don't ask. Also, if you read ANY info on timelines, you will quickly find out that the present wait time is just that, the present wait time. As you know, families are waiting more than a year longer than the "wait time" when they were logged in. I can only guess that not knowing was a way to keep themselves blissfully happy during the wait, but for me, I'd rather know the reality of the situation than live with the false notion that I'm travelling much sooner than would ever be possible.

    I know there are many people who choose not to read RQ or basically any internet info. That's fine. I respect that. But don't ask us what we've "heard" and then bash us for it.

    Wow! I guess that was me venting (and I've been to China and back). It's obvious from your posts the kind of person you are and your positivity has often left me with my jaw on the floor. They obviously don't know what a ray of sunshine you are. Stay strong Catherine, Hannah is waiting for you!!!

  8. I am late for the original post. From what I gather you were right. :)

    Catherine you have the kindest heart of anyone I've ever met. I have learned that when people aren't ready to face reality it is easier for them to lash out and accept.

    Hugs to you my friend.

  9. Glad you learned quite a bit from your seminar, sweet girl. We are getting ready to attend one ourselves soon and are looking forward to all the information we will get.

  10. Glad you enjoyed your you think you could post a medication list they suggested????

    Thanks Dianne

  11. That sounds like a GREAT seminar! I could really use one like that too!

  12. I agree!!

    If you get time, I'd love to see a post with some of the medications etc. for China!

    I still LOVE those posts last year you did about the first few hours/days after you meet your child!! You are a great source of information for me!!



  13. Sounds like a great seminar, I will look into in the future.

  14. Catherine,

    Not sure what happened, but just as you've always been there to support me- you have ALL my love & support!

    Sending hugs,
    Shana :)

  15. Missed the original post!!
    Glad you got to attend one of those seminars....they are so helpful and its nice being in a room full of people who all "get it"!!!


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