This week’s theme for #waso is ‘A Year On’ and I decided to reflect where we are compared to a year ago.
A year ago we were about to (5 days off) start our home study – this year we have just had second LAC review for Sqk and are about to put in the paperwork for the adoption order.
A year ago the other 5 couples from our preparation course were mainly in the middle of their home studies – this year 1 have their AO, 3 have their children home and the last are in Introductions to their daughter.
A year ago we were a couple who could have lie-ins – now we feel 8am is a lie-in.
A year ago I was in the middle of a hectic semester trying to work out how my timetable had got so busy – now I spend my days with my son and am not missing work at all.
A year ago we knew nothing of our son – now we have known him over 4 months and he has been placed with us nearly 4 months.
A year ago I knew nothing of the child friendly places to go – this year I am getting to be quite expert.
A year ago my routine was dictated by work – now it is dictated by a 2.5 year old.
A year ago we saw my in-laws every 6 weeks or so and not much over the summer when they were away with their yacht – now we see them about every 2 – 3 weeks and they are talking about not being away for more than a month at a time over the summer (3-4 months at least in last few years)
A year ago my parents had one grandson – now they have three.
A year ago my beloved Ricki was still with us – now Henry-cat has just about got used to the changes in his life.
A year ago we were about to go to London for a long weekend – now we are about to got to Center Parcs.
A year ago silence was good – now silence is bad.
The past year has been a roller-coaster of a journey but has culminated in something that 10 years ago I thought was not likely to happen – I am married and have a son.