Friday, July 27, 2007

Cruising At CCAA

Some good news to report from Beijing at CCAA...

In less than a month, they have reviewed one month's worth of dossiers, again! Dossiers logged in through June 30, 2006 have now been reviewed.

Keep up the good work, CCAA!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Bye-Bye Plane

I'm sure you've heard about it by now, the mom and baby who were kicked off the plane after the mom refused the flight attendant's command to drug the baby with Benadryl. If you've not heard of it, Google "bye bye plane" and it'll come right up. I hope that flight attendant gets fired and the airline made to pay up big time.

I've read a lot of adoption blogs and I'm still horrified at the number of parents that do drug their little ones with Benadryl to put them to sleep, not to relieve them of cold/allergy symptoms. As a daycare provider and someone who has travelled internationally many, many times with families with small children, I do know what kids can be like on a plane for hours and hours. Drugging them is NOT the answer.

Airplane air is already super dry and when Benadryl is added on top of it, you are seriously risking the well-being of the baby, drying out the body further because it does more than dry out the breathing passages, it effects all body fluid levels. I implore anyone reading this to only use medications as directed for illness and not for convenience.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sew & Show 2

Finally, the great sweater-out-of-scrap-acrylic-yarn project is finished. It only took ten years! I don't know if it will fit Apple since it's rather small, but I don't care since I will be starting another one, using cotton yarn and a pattern (not making it up as I go).

This is a peek at my next New Conceptions pattern - baby shoes. Today I graded all the shoe sizes so now I can begin designing the different styles. It sure feels good to have my creativity flowing again.

Pale pink/peach leather shoes.

Side view.

Three's the Charm

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sew & Show 1

I've Been Sewing!

I have finally finished the little things I began sewing months ago for Apple. The stores were all out of the purple rickrack I needed to finish, until yesterday. The pictures aren't the best, but you get the idea. Here they are:

This dress is reversible, made from a vintage McCall's pattern. The pattern said 2t, but it's really more like 12 months.

Here is is again as seen from the back. Of course, once Apple is wearing it, the contrasting inside won't be visible.

The weather in the Bay Area changes almost moment to moment so the dress can be worn with a long sleeved shirt underneath and a matching pair of Reversible Pants.

I LOVE these buttons. I'm truly not into the whole adoption ladybug thing, but these were the perfect color and size.

This is the back view.

I began these shoes months ago when I decided that I DID want a couple of ladybug things to symbolize the adoption culture. I made the pattern and they are the first pair of shoes I've ever done so the pattern needs a little tweaking, especially the "demonic" looking eyes, but, overall, I'm very pleased with the result.

Quilt Squares & Wishes 25 - 28

#28 from Ohio.

#27 from Florida.

#26 from Connecticut.

#25 from Illinois.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

CCAA Update

If you scroll down a little and look on the right side, you'll see the CCAA update box. This is very important since it lets us know when to expect our referrals. This month, the CCAA referred only another one week's worth of babies (11/8/2005 to 11/14/2005), BUT, they went through all of May 2006** in the Review Room! This is the shortest time in the review room since Rumor Queen has been keeping track, about a year, I think. It's too early to know if this will indicate a speed up in referrals later, but I don't see how CCAA can stay this slow.

A special congratulations to Buttercup who is now out of the Review Room! How do you like them tomatoes, wzgirl?

**All the people who are logged in with CCAA in May 2006.

Monday, July 2, 2007


I just saw this magazine for girls adopted from China on another blog. Here is a link to the website if you are interested. I'd love to hear from anyone who has read an issue.

There is also a great interview on NPR with Jeff Gammage. He and his wife adopted their two daughters from China and now he's written a book about it called China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood. After listening to the interview, I immediately ordered it and I'm checking the mailbox already in anticipation of receiving it.