Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SMITTEN

UPDATE:

I forgot last night to pray for his jaundice as well... (That is what happens when you are typing at 1:40 am after not too much sleep the night before) I am pretty sure that he will need to be under the photo therapy lights for a bit...Thanks friends!


First off... I apologize for the crazy typos in the last post....
I was posting from my phone and my fingers are entirely too big for those tiny keys:)

I AM SMITTEN WITH THIS SWEET PRECIOUS LITTLE 5 LB. (ACTUALLY NOW, 4 LB 9.7 OZ. BABY BOY)

He is amazing...

Greg and I are at a hotel as sweet little guy is still in the nicu and they don't let you room in at the hospital if your baby is in nicu.

We are worn out... both of us went to bed at 4 am. last night and 7 came early:)  But I am not complaining in any way... TOTALLY OVERJOYED!

I am sure that this post will be pretty scattered but I want to remember all that happened in the last 2 life changing days...

Yesterday while I was running to get birthday snacks for our home school coop I don't know what made me think specifically about our adoption plans, but I literally was thinking at around 11:00 am yesterday... "I wonder how long this may take???  What if no one ever picks us?  What kind of birth mom would be turned on by a family with 6 kids already at home???

It just sort of seemed like it was going to take a small miracle... and praise God He is still in the miracle working business!  Our birth mom had already called our agency saying she wanted to make an adoption plan and was already in labor...

It is so funny because our agency always tries to call the adoptive mom first ( Greg was the one to get the call with Hope because I was at a bible study that morning... Hello????  Can you come get a little girl later today???:):)

Well yesterday the social worker tried my line, but didn't get through for some reason.  I had just left church after dropping the boys off for basketball practice.  I was running to try to get all my contacts transferred from  my old to my new phone... I literally had just turned off the car and I got a call from Greg...

"Sara, the agency called... someone chose us... he was born today..." I jumped out of the car, sat on the curb and had to ask over and over again if he was kidding me...When I finally realized he was for real... the tears started flowing... Here just hours earlier my mind was full of the what ifs that are so common in an adoption journey... Adoption is not for the faint of heart... quite an up and down journey... but now I was so unexpectedly getting some of those answers... Faithful God...

 I think that honestly Greg was still somewhat in shock... He had briefly spoke with a social worker from our agency and got to speak briefly with the birth mom...

I jumped back in the car and drove the 1/2 mile back to church so that we could wait together for the phone call to talk further with the agency representative.

Shortly there after we were able to speak for quite a while to the rep from our agency and get all sorts of info on this sweet 5 lb. baby boy that had been born.  All the info we got was somewhat OVERWHELMING... (I literally was googling as we were talking... ) Shoot the whole situation was overwhelming... an hour before we were just figuring out the logistics of basket ball practice... now an hour later... HELLO????  We were now thinking on how we could get to that little guy as soon as possible.

Thank God we have such amazing friends that offered to watch the kids.  We were sent a sweet picture of that little guy.... (oh my delish!!!:)  And Greg and I couldn't help ourselves from flashing that picture across the basketball court from his computer to the oldest boys, mouthing that they were going to be big brothers again... 

The flurry of craziness began... hunting down newborn boy clothes out of the attic, washing, packing for half the kids to go to one friend, packing for the other half, packing for G and I, attempting to get the house in order... on and on I could go...It was NUTS!!  It took G and I well, and I mean really well into the night (morning) until we were ready.

We all prayed before we put the kids to bed... Hope prayed for the little baby boy that God would protect him because she already loved him so much... Lots of prayers for his health and for his birth mom from the rest of us! 

Today we were on the road by 11 to finally meet this little man and his birth mom...
(I will try to describe our meeting with her in another post... Wow...that is a WHOLE post of its own.   Emotional would be an understatement! 


Little man is still in the nicu... he is doing so well considering that he was only 5 pounds and estimated to have been born at 35-36 weeks.

He is having a bit of a hard time keeping his temp up... so he is still in the warmer.   (although there was a lot of talk about putting him in the isolate possible over night:(  The nurse said though that right now he is using a lot of energy to stay warm that he could put that same energy into growing and eating if he better if his temp was being more regulated for him...

He also needs to work on eating.  The amazing thing is that I was able to nurse him tonight... he latched right on.  So basically he needs to be eating more at  meal time...  There was a little talk of a feeding tube... but right before we left the little man had guzzled down almost 3/4 of an ounce in 3 minutes flat... He did great...

This little guy had a VERY rough start to life in the womb and yet as far as we know the Lord has protected him in great ways!!!  My husband amazes me, nothing rattles him and he is a great source of level headedness for me!  Baby boy is amazing! He is tiny... He is a biracial little guy and beautiful.  Honestly, he is so cute... Unfortunately, we can't post any pictures on the internet at all... so you will have to just take my word for it:):)  I will post pics as soon as I can... but it may be months possibly before I can. 

I spoke with the hospital pediatrician on the phone... he said he may be able to go home in few days... but it could be a week... So at this point Greg will probably head home tomorrow late and do all of his work and prep for Sunday, take care of the kids and I will stay here till we can leave with him...

It was hard to leave him in the nicu tonight... but I am so so very thankful for this crazy amazing opportunity.  I know he is being well cared for...

Here are our prayer requests:

That he can regulate and keep his body temp
That he can increase the amount he eats at his feedings
That the Lord would continue to protect his tiny little life and health
That he would be healthy enough to leave the hospital sooner rather than later:)
For birth mom, that her heart would be comforted as she left the hospital today..
For our agency as they continue to work through difficult circumstances to bring these little ones into    families (I again was over the top thrilled with the how they handled everything!Deaconess ROCKS!!!)
Our kids back home... Anna is a HUGE helper but I know she called with some tears tonight
That the Lord would be preparing our family for welcoming this little one into our family

As with any adoption we HOPE AND PRAY that all goes well and it isn't disrupted for some reason.  At this point it looks really good, but you just don't know.  Hopefully we should have a court date somewhat in the near future:) 

I will try to update more soon... thank you so much for your prayers for this little guy and the rest of us!
We are overcome with gratefulness to our God for this amazing little miracle!  We are praising Him tonight for His faithfulness to us!

8 comments:

Becky said...

Oh Sara, the prayers are continuing! So exciting and yet so emotional...I think I get that :). Love to you sweet friend!! Remember when we used to pray the prayers for rain? Would you say you are in the midst of the puddles right now? Thank you Lord, be with every detail!!

Kings said...

So exciting! Thanks for sharing...God is so good and your family is such an inspiration to us all. Love you guys! Xoxo

Lucy, Murray and Ginny's Mom said...

Praying things go well on this journey! Enjoy those newborn snuggles and what a blessing you're able to nurse! We'll keep you, your family and the little guy in our prayers.

Tesha said...

Oh my goodness I am tears of joy for you right now!!! I have been so busy and missed a few post and come to find out this, AMAZING! GOD IS GOOD! Praying lots of prayers for all these request. Love you Sara, I am thrilled for you guys!

Lisa said...

So very happy for you. :) Can't wait to see pics of him!

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you remember me from Sem., but I love reading your story and am so happy for you. Praying for things to go smoothly and for your new little one to be able to go home soon.
Jennifer Jennings

Micah, Tiffany, Andrew, Elijah, Isaac, Eliana, and Isabella said...

Praising God with you. May He grant your requests and continue to bless your family.

diplofam said...

Congratulations! So happy for you and your family! I love how God's plans are so much more than we could imagine.