Had a great and fairly productive evening at Coffee & Crop last night. I worked on Faith’s Project Life album, and though I probably should have gotten a little farther in three hours, I got some done, spent time with friends, and snuggled with my favorite little one-month-old!
Today is a beautiful day outside, I just have one daycare kiddo, started the day with a great Jazzercise workout, and got to spend time with my bestie and her baby (story coming ;)). Had a delicious steak and shrimp lunch in keeping with my Lenten “resolution” (for lack of better word) of giving up sugar (again). #backonthewagon
I have made several mentions of “news“, nursery plans, a baby shower, etc. over the past several weeks and months, but wanted to wait for the right time to share the story. In lieu of a project today, I thought I’d share today, because there will be several posts revolving around this story in the next week or two!
A little over a year ago, my best friend and her husband decided to pursue adoption. They’d been married for a few years and had no children, and decided this was the route they wanted to go to expand their family. Once all the paperwork and “business” was done, it didn’t take long to get selected by a birth mom. They awaited the birth of their baby girl who was due last summer, but two weeks before the due date, the birth mom changed her mind. It was devastating for them and the rest of us that love them and had fallen in love with the baby we’d never met. Kim had to return to the finished nursery complete with a closet full of girl clothes. Absolute heartache.
Within two weeks of that heartbreaking news, they put their profile back out there, and very soon after were selected again. There was reservation and fear, but knowing that there would be no “perfect” scenario, they went forward with this new baby who was due in February. A few months later we found out it was another girl!
Early February they traveled a few states away to be there for the birth of their daughter. She was born healthy and beautiful, and they spent a few days in the hospital with her and the birth mother. Tensions were high and there was insecurity that the adoption would possibly not go through. After taking her baby back for a few days, the birth mom decided she didn’t want to go through with the adoption. I was so sick for my best friend, especially knowing that after exhausting their finances, this might be the last chance for them to be parents.
They started heading home immediately, but about three hours into their drive, got a message from the social worker to stop driving. The birth mom felt she’d made a mistake, and said she wanted Kim to come get her daughter. Kim called me after I got a text that said, “I’m getting my baby girl back!”. We sobbed and laughed and were overjoyed…but still a little nervous and scared. Papers were signed that night, and after a couple weeks in the adoption state while waiting for paperwork to clear, she finally got to bring her baby home, and we could all breathe again!
|Mya and me the first time we got to meet!|
“Aunt Crystal” is over the moon, both for Kim and because that little angel will be coming to my house for daycare, so we’ll have lots of bonding time! (We’ll see how she lets me get blogging done…I may have to change my writing schedule! ;))
And now that it’s “official” and I can finally talk about it, and the baby shower is coming up in just over a week, I can finally share the baby-related posts that I promised last summer! I’ll be sharing Mya’s adorable nursery, and shower invitations and decorations in the next couple weeks!