It appears beginning the basket-weave baby blanket and making good, solid progress on it each day has had the desired effect: We got word today from the social worker that our paperwork has been processed. We seem to have a temporary license, although she didn’t specifically say that, but it has to be the case because she wants to schedule a home inspection, which only happens after the temporary license has been issued.
Of course, this means that all of the abstractness of this process, of not having a pregnant belly to watch grow, of not having ultrasound pictures to look at, is going to become concretely real very soon. Finally.
Never doubt the power of the loop!