OK, other than the shout out to Dora, we told our kids that we're adopting! I'm so happy that they know!
I really think it's good that B knows ahead of time. He's my child that needs processing time on things. He does better when he has time to wrap his head around things and I think now when we show him our new child's picture he'll be excited rather than processing then. He can do that now. Initially he had a lot of questions (good ones that we were happy to answer). Then we let him be for a bit (I guess Brian talked to him about it while I took E to a birthday party but then it was dropped for a bit). This evening he brought it up on his own asking about naming our child. He had a couple of suggestions (Fritz is one - we're reading Swiss Family Robinson right now - lol). It was fun to see him starting to get excited. Also, B is REALLY hoping it's a boy. We told him that we'll be happy either way with the child that God chooses to make a part of our family. He agreed readily and said he'd be happy either way. We did not tell him our child is likely to be a boy because on the very remote chance that we have a referral for a girl we don't want him to feel disappointed.
E is currently designing the nursery in her head, coming up with every single way she can help and be the second Mommy to our child. She is fully excited. No hesitations. Only a couple of questions. Overall just thrilled. She did state that she'd like a sister (she has a brother and thinks it would be fun to have both) but seems pretty ready to accept another brother too (afterall she LOVES the brother she has). Thankful for this since our child is likely to be a boy. ;)
That's the excitement here. I loved the idea of Big Brother/Big Sister shirts and wanted to do this, but I haven't ordered any yet and I didn't want to wait another week to tell them. I think I need to get on that so that when we actually have a referral and are ready to show the kids, we can give them their big sister/big brother shirts. Although I don't want them to wear the shirts too much b/c I want them clean and in good condition to wear to the airport! :) I think it actually worked out well to make this part a discussion and they'll be ready for a more creative celebration type of announcement when there's an actual picture of a child. Thanks for all of your support!!!