Badda-bing, badda-boom. We had an 11am appointment at the Sugar Land office but due to almost-zero traffic, we arrived 20 minutes early and noticed just a handful of people in the waiting area. We filled in a simple form, checked in, and by the time we sat back down, my husband's number was next! Seconds later, my number popped up! We left with five minutes to our actual appointment time. All-in-all, it took a total of 15 minutes - and we didn't even need to take out our reading material (FYI: no cell phones allowed)! When we were there last year -- on a Tuesday, with a 12pm appointment -- it took an hour and a half because it was so busy!
Since my officer was in a good mood, I decided to ask about walk-ins. He said "it depends." It depends how busy they are, and it depends how many walk-ins they receive. If three couples had walked in that day, he added, they may have to turn away the third couple. He even warned, "Don't use 'work' as your excuse either. Everyone has to work. If you have some kind of emergency, we will try to accommodate you."
What's next? We will be assigned an officer to our case and s/he will review our Home Study update and fingerprints. If everything looks great, they will issue us with an Approval Notice. Right now, I don't know how long it will take (and it took only 10 days last year) but I will be stalking our postmaster once again.
One step closer to our Little Man!