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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Quick Hello!

Hey Everyone!

I know it's been two weeks and I'm way behind on my posts but I promise to post about Sam soon. The last two weeks have been the most exhausting and wonderful of my life! Sammy is doing really well and has gained 1 lb 3 oz in the last two weeks, bringing him to 8 lbs 15 oz total! We're all bonding and attaching very well. It's hard to remember/imagine life before him. Our first post placement visit is tomorrow at 10 a.m. 

I'll catch up more soon.

Monday, May 17, 2010

what a difference a day makes!

hi all!

who knew that the very next day (see may 11th post) that my whole world would turn upside down?

eMom gave birth to a healthy 7 lb 12 oz baby boy on wednesday, may 12th @ 10:37a! we met our sweet baby, named samuel (sam), thursday and brought him home friday afternoon. we've been busy ever since :)

at this point, his first/birth mom has 30 days from his birth date to change her mind about the placement. we don't think she will but you never know. until then, we're going to enjoy parenting this sweet little baby!

what about pictures? unfortunately, we're not allowed to post or transmit pictures electronically until the adoption is final, six to ten months from now :(

i'll write either a longer post or two shorter ones with more info soon.

thank you all for your support and well wishes during these last few weeks! i couldn't have made it through without you :)

j

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Itty Bitty Pity Party

Wow! I just checked out our agency's parent profiles and four couples have recently adopted. I'm happy for all of them but really thought we would be one of those couples, given eMom's original due date. It makes me feel a little sad for myself to realize that some of the women were able to celebrate Mother's Day as a new mom. This is something I had hoped to experience this year too. I know I shouldn't feel this way because we were chosen by our eMom and her baby could be born any day now. It's just tough. For those of you still waiting, you know what I mean. I try to get out of the house a few times a week to keep myself occupied. However, my favorite place to hang is Rittenhouse Square, a large park in Center City Phila, which is always full of babies, children, and pregnant women. There's no getting away from them :)

So here I am with two weeks more of waiting and crossing my fingers that eMom delivers early. Part of the reason I'm so anxious for the baby to arrive is that I've been unemployed since Sept 2009 and my unemployment is exhausted in August. I'm hoping that I'll get an extension and will have a few more weeks/months of being a stay-at-home mom (sahm). I've been looking for work and applying here and there but I will definitely need to get to work if my unemployment is discontinued. All I can say is yikes!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Due Date Update

You won't believe this! While we were out at dinner I checked my home phone's voice mail and eMom's social worker left us a message. eMom had a doctor's appointment today and found out that the doc made a mistake on her chart. She's due May 24th not May 4th! Can you believe this? I know things like this happen but it's a whole different ballgame when you're on the adoptive end of things.

Of course this means that she can still go at any time between now and then, but at least she's not overdue. And this gives us a little more breathing room and relieves a little bit of the stress.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

D-day!

Tomorrow, or more accurately, 21 minutes from now (11:39p EST) is eMom's due date! I can hardly believe the day is almost here. I'm sure eMom can hardly wait for the delivery to happen. The last report we had from E was that eMom was really tired and really uncomfortable. Throw in a few days of 80+ degree weather, plus two little ones and you're looking at a potential meltdown - no pun intended.

Parenthood is so close, I can almost taste it. Of course I'm still aware that this isn't our baby until eMom says so, but I'm trying to remain focused on a positive outcome. Since I didn't get any cleaning done this past weekend, tomorrow is the perfect day to take care of things. I know I'll need a lot of activities to keep me distracted. Who knows, maybe I'll go out to lunch with a friend. In the meantime, I should probably try and get a little shut eye so that I can be prepared for whatever happens tomorrow!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a timely, speedy, and healthy delivery!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

All about me

It's three days until the big event, that is, unless eMom delivers tonight. I think the waiting is wearing me out, making me very lethargic. There are household chores to do but all i want to do is take a nap. Maybe it's the heat. The temp is 89 degrees here in Philly. I haven't felt this anxious about anything in a very, very long time. I don't know what's worse: waiting for eMom to deliver the baby or thinking about her not going forward with the plan. I'm trying to be upbeat, positive, and realistic about the possibility of a disruption. But every time the phone rings my heart starts being fast and I'm hoping to see E's cell phone number in the caller ID. I also just read the Sandra Bullock article in People magazine and felt so happy for her regarding her recent adoption. It reaffirmed, as do the blogs I read, that adoption plans really do work and couples become families. I can't wait to meet eMom's baby, our baby. I daydream about holding and smelling that newborn baby smell. You know what I mean :)

I need a snack to distract myself. Maybe chocolate will help. As always, I'll keep you posted the minute we have news.