Nate, Owen, and I went to the OU/Texas Tech game on Saturday and had a great time minus a little rain, well… I had a great time;) then we got a call that evening that they were showing our birthparent page to a couple who had already had their baby. Owen and I had gone back to my brothers house early from the game so Nate wasn’t back yet, so I figured I would wait to tell him when he got back. About exactly one hour later at 8:20 we got another call saying that we had been selected by the family in Beaumont, Nate walked in 1 min. After I got off the phone. Telling Nate that we were selected to adopt a baby girl was needless to say emotional for me. I could barely get it out without bursting into tears. We at that very moment had to decide when we were leaving for Beaumont. Owen was about to go to sleep and we contemplated just putting him in the car but decided against it. And thank goodness we did because when we “woke” at 6:20 Owen was coughing the bark cough. By the way I put “woke” in quotes because I am sure you can imagine how much we slept knowing that we were about to be united with our soon to be second child. So we put Owen in the car and headed home making lots of phones calls and “googling” the whole way. Thank goodness for smart phones! We learned that Beaumont if a 6 hr drive from home, we got Owen an appt on Sunday morning in Keller at an urgent care for kids, and decided to leave him with Nate’s mom. We were sad to leave O behind but the doctor thought it was best. We ran home pulled out every attic box in order to find newborn clothes, bottles, burp cloths, blankets, car seat, and anything else we could think of and was able to get a load of laundry done. Paula (Nate’s mom) came to get Owen and we packed up the car and headed to the airport. When we landed there were a few problems with getting a rental car (no one rents on Sundays), problems with the hotel (GPS sent us to the wrong one), and the hospital would not let us see the baby until the birth mom got there (she lived in another town). So our social worker picked us up from a farther away hotel then we had originally thought, after a taxi dropped us off. (Thank goodness for those Social Workers;) She took us to the hospital where we were able to meet birth mom and birth gma. We were then able to hold the baby for a couple hours while we got to know the birth family. They are wonderful and we instantly liked them. After having to say goodbye that night we were to meet up at Buckner’s office the following day at 11 to sign the paperwork and take sweet baby home. Unfortunately due to problems with the hospital we didn’t check baby out until about 3:30pm. We had waited all day to see her and were overjoyed when they finally walked her through the doors. We also had a few other hurdles with photo id’s and notary publics so the paperwork finally was signed at about 6:30 pm. We weren’t too upset waiting at this point due to the adorable baby girl we got to hold the whole time. After the paperwork was signed we did the entrustment ceremony and shed many tears together. Baby Girl’s birthparents were there and able to say goodbye (for now). They had named sweet baby girl Hope which seemed very fitting to all of us. Nate picked her first name Baeya, she is beautiful and it also seemed fitting. The birth mom and dad loved the name too. We had to spend another night due to the craziness of last night, so we are on the plane headed home now. Can’t wait to introduce little Baeya to her big brother Owen. I should also say that I am forever greatful to my wonderful father-in-law who flew us down there and experienced all the ups and downs with us along with my mother-in-law,mother, and sister who took good care of big brother Owen anxiously waiting on news the whole time.
So Welcome home Fritzel number 4, we have been faithfully awaiting your arrival;) God is so Good!
Hope: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.