I spoke with our adoption agency today and they gave me an update of the time lines for the adoption. After the dossier paperwork is approved and sent off to Ethiopia (Don't really know how long this will take. It depends on how long it takes to get all the supporting documents and home study back), it will need to be approved by the courts. After the approval, it will take up to 3 months to get a "referral" of a child. Once a referral is accepted, it will be another 2 months and then we go to Ethiopia to pick up the child.
So basically, by the time the process is over, it can be compared to a 9 month pregnancy but without the morning sickness. (ok, maybe not)