First things first: Let's just say, between both sides of our families, we may be building some sort of football team.
That's right, this baby is another boy!
Luckily, we have lots of friends and family who have boys, so we get lots of boys clothes without doing any shopping. Of course, I did have to shop a little.
We talked with the expectant mom on the phone and she is very sweet and very laid back. She indicated that she might want one of us in the delivery room with her, which is such an amazing blessing. Of course, that could change and she has every right to change her mind when the time arrives. I really view the hospital as her time, so every question she had about how WE wanted things to work left me dumbfounded.
After her initial appointment last week, they moved the due date up to August 1, with the idea of having a c-section about a week or so before that. Well, things might be working a little quicker than we had anticipated.... we might need to fly down to Arizona much quicker than we had anticipated. I won't know for sure until next Thursday. I'm freaking out a little. I'm a planner by nature and this baby is showing us that you can't plan for him completely! We don't have flights, we don't have a place to stay yet... any of that! But I have to believe it will all work out.
I have had so many emotions these last couple weeks. We are so excited and so happy. It seemed as though we would never get to this point and here we are. Of course, I'm feeling a little stressed (ok, maybe a lot) with everything that needs to get done over the next couple of weeks. I'm feeling a LOT emotional about my journey towards motherhood. There are a lot of fears that a prospective adoptive family has that parents through birth don't. There are also a lot of added "steps" to the process of course. We've had to do more paperwork, have more discussions, and think about every item that goes along with traveling on perhaps short notice.
But another amazing emotion has also come through this journey - GRATITUDE. I am so grateful for the support of our family and friends. Even the support from people that barely know us.
I am also so grateful for the expectant mother who has allowed us to talk with her and be a part of this process. I'm sure that someday, we'll say we love her and she will be a part of our family. That is one amazing piece of adoption.
I am also so thrilled because I have met some amazing adoptive moms through an online community and I will even get to meet a couple of them when we are traveling! I have a feeling that life long friendships can come from journeys like this.
Thank you to everyone who have donated money to our travel fund or donated items to our fundraiser garage sale. Tears come to my eyes when I think about it how all of you have a hand in bringing our baby home.