Pregnancy vs. Adoption (Paper Pregnancy)
Conception (day 1) - Agency Application (day 1)
Morning sickness (months 1-3)- Home study, I600A, dossier (months 1-3)
Finding out the gender (month 4 or 5) - Accepting a referral (month 4)
Baby growing (month 5-9) - Court, CONA (month 5-8)
Nesting (month 9) - Nesting, Embassy Appointment, Investigation (month 9-?)
Labor (21 hours) - Travel (30+ hours)
Delivery - Gottcha Day!
Released from Hospital (1-2 days later) - Exit Letter (10-14 days later)
Drive home (15 min.) - Fly home (30+ hours)
Pregnancy roughly 9 months - DRC Adoption 12-15 months
Right now we are "baby growing" phase. We are (hopefully) starting court this week. Court can take a month or two. After that we will get a judgement that basically says that Congo approves us to adopt these specific children. Then there is a mandatory 30 day waiting period for anyone to appeal the courts decision. After 30 days we will receive Certificate of Non-Appeal or "CONA" meaning no one disputes the adoption. Then we will receive the Act of Adoption (AoA) which states that we are the legal parents of our girls!
(If I'm off on something please feel free to correct it in the comments section)
Also- Yes, I was in labor for 21 hours.