Our dossier has been logged in to China since October 9, 2006. As of today, we're ten months "pregnant" for our adoption.
What does this mean? Well, it seems like we should be close, but we're not.
The referrals that China just sent out last week got through the November 21, 2005 (that's FIVE) LIDs. So we have 322 days worth of dossiers to get through before ours goes to the "matching room." In five referral batches (approx. five months) they've referred 28 LIDs. That means it took five months to get through one month of LIDs. I don't want to think about how long we'll be waiting if the current referral rate continues. It is rumored that things will speed up, but no one knows when or how much.
So, for now, we're not expecting anything until the summer/fall of '09. I'll revise my estimate in a few months if I notice any significant changes.
The gestation peroid for an elephant is 22 months. I think I'll have her beat.