Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's a..... baby!

GUYS! In case you hadn't heard through the grapevine.... We are a family of FOUR! EEEK!

Just 2 days after Christmas, we got an email from our social worker at our local agency asking us to call her ASAP. There was an exclamation point after her request to call her, so of course our blood pressure went through the roof with excitement and anticipation! After getting in touch with her we found out that our profile had been shown to a birthmother that had given birth one week ago and that she had chosen us to be the parents! We were totally shocked as this was totally out of the blue and we had absolutely no idea there were any impending situations at this agency.

The social worker asked if we could meet with the birthmother on Monday and that she would have until Tuesday to decide if she wanted to move forward with us. And if she did, then the baby girl would probably be ready to leave the hospital at the beginning of the new year (maybe Friday or Saturday). So, we scheduled a meeting for Monday and held our breaths since we knew it wouldn’t be an “official match” until then.

On Monday, December 29th (our 7th Anniversary!), we got a baby-sitter for the buddy and met with the birthmother. The meeting went really well and by the end of it, we were told that not only was she ready to move forward with us, but that they had found out that morning that the baby girl was ready to be released the following morning to go home! The birthmother wanted her baby to go home with family and not go into temporary cradle care, so it was now up to us if we were ready to bring home a daughter the next day.

Considering that we had only found out about this situation just 2 days prior, we were pretty much in total shock! But, of course, that shock was mixed with pure excitement and some anxiety as well. We headed to the hospital to meet the sweet baby girl, got some instruction from the NICU nurses, and decided we definitely wanted to be the parents who brought her home the following day.

However, there was no time to sit and appreciate the excitement and blessing of this new development. My biggest concern was how unprepared we were to bring a baby home! Thankfully, with the help of family, Monday night we began the process of cleaning out Dave's office, and taking the car seat and Pack & Play down from the attic. We were up until at least 1am talking about girl names we liked and went to bed exhausted, overwhelmed, but crazily excited.


So, Tuesday morning, December 30th, we made the 1 hour drive to the hospital where our daughter was waiting for us to pick her up and bring her home. We decided on a name just in time to sign the adoption paperwork in the early afternoon and we left the hospital exhausted, excited, and honestly, in total disbelief. After the craziness of the past few days, this was when our life would really begin as a family of four. We cried tears of happiness, nervousness and honestly, tears of feeling overwhelmed on our drive home. We hadn’t had time to process what had just happened in the past 3 days and now it was time to process what it would be like to be home with our new baby and her big brother.

The icing on the cake of this story is that we had gotten a very meaningful text from a dear friend on Christmas Eve. She knew how discouraged and sad we were feeling about not yet having our next family member over the holidays, so she had spent several minutes praying for us with her kids. She told us that when they were done praying it was like she heard God say, “It’s not the end of the year yet.” When she told us this on Christmas Eve we tried to dismiss it as to not get our hopes up, but texting her the photos of us holding our daughter in the hospital with the words, “I guess you heard right” was definitely one of the sweetest ways to let someone know you’re adding a child to your family.

The amazing thing is that our sweet girl was already 3 days old by Christmas Eve. On one hand I’m sad that she is missing from our Christmas pictures this year. But, just to think, we were sad that we were missing our next child from our Christmas celebration, yet she had already arrived and was just waiting for us to get to her. And we are so, so grateful that it was us who were chosen to be her parents.


9 comments:

  1. Tears of happiness for you as a new happy of four. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing :)

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  2. I haven't even read this whole post yet and I just have to comment I AM SO HAPPY!!! My heart stopped when I read the opening line and I am crying at work. Seriously, I am overjoyed. OK, going to read all about this wonderful news now!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, so happy for you! What a precious, precious Christmas/anniversary/New Years gift!!

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  4. This is amazing!!!!!!! Praise God :)

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  5. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is so freaking awesome!!! Oh my gosh!!! Congratulations and AHHH SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!! What a whirlwind!!

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  6. I've been waiting for this post… what a whirlwind! Congratulations, Elizabeth! Your family is just beautiful! Thankful for a God who is at work even when we can't see it.

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  8. Congrats!!!! What an amazing story! So happy you are a family of four

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