There's not a lot of news here but I did call our agency this week. Bascially she said that we'll have a referral within the next 6 months. She said that referrals have been coming in. It *could* be sooner, but she doesn't really want to get our hopes up. No real news - but she's willing to give us some hope. That went a long way to bringing me some peace and for some reason hearing that gave me the ability to spend less time obsessing and more time enjoying life here - exactly what I needed!
The good news I got is that we don't have to update our home study yet. Home studies in VA are good for 3 years as long as the agency you are working with is based (or somewhat based) in VA (ours is in MD w/satellite offices in VA). However, USCIS requires an update when your I-171H needs to be renewed (18 months). So since that isn't until January, we're hoping we have a child home before that's necessary (so we may have to update before finalization, not sure how that works).
Just thought I'd share the quick update. Hope you're all enjoying this long weekend! More on car seats and Build A Bear soon!