Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We had her...

Hello all. So many of you have been asking so we thought we'd post an update. About a month ago we got word that we had been chosen by a birth mother. She was having a little girl, due April 11 (Noah's 3rd birthday). We met the birth mother, her daughter and I got to go to two sonograms and see our sweet Adeline Eve.
On April 4, 2012 Adeline was born at 11:32 am. She weighed in at 5 pounds, 5.5 ounces and is beautiful. I had the honor of being in the room and escorting her to the nursery, and helping with her first bath. She pretty quickly had to be transferred to the NICU here because she had a collapsed lung. The hospital staff arranged for me to spend two nights up at the hospital, so I could be just like her mom and able to see her and help her get better.
Throughout this time we were warned that maybe the birth mother wasn't as sure as she had originally thought about placing the baby for adoption. So, at about 9 am on Good Friday, which also happened to be my 30th birthday, the birth mother said she wanted to keep our sweet Adeline, three hours before she was to sign the papers so we could officially claim Adeline as our own.
We got to see and hold her one more time. We prayed over her, wept and a sweet nurse at the NICU prayed over us. One of the most difficult things I've ever done is leaving the hospital that day, knowing that the life she is bound to lead is going to before difficult than the one we would have loved to raise her in.
We have had a hard time since then letting go. But, God is faithful. He is in control, and even when we don't understand, He does. He loves Adeline more than we do, and we trust that He will be her Heavenly and Earthly Daddy. Please pray for us, for Adeline and for the birth mother.
Thank you all for caring for us so, and for joining us in prayer.

Justin and Rachel