My next blog post was supposed to be a recap of our trip to Seattle & Vancouver, one of the most fun & special trips we’ve ever been on just the two of us. I had lots of pictures and recommendations to share with you guys. But that will have to come later.
Approximately 24 hours after we landed back in Nashville from our trip, we got THE call. The call that we have dreamed and prayed about for a very long time. The call that we have been so anxious to get, but many times felt would never come. Josh and I had driven out to the car dealership to pick up a rental car while my car was getting repaired. I was pulling out of the dealership when our caseworker called and immediately said, “I have some news for you that I think you’re going to like . . . We have a baby for you.” Tears streamed down my face as I replied, “Umm I have to pull over! I’m going to wreck this brand new car!” She laughed. “Oh. I didn’t know you were driving! I really should work on my delivery.” Haha!! After we got home and could safely call her back to learn every single detail we could about our precious baby, we drove to surprise our parents. What a special night! So many tears, hugs, and squeals (the latter from my mom). One week later, we met our daughter for the first time. We went to what they call the “family room” at our adoption agency, where we were first told all about her story, her medical history, etc. Then, her cradle care mom brought her in to us. (This is an extra special kind of foster parent who takes care of newborns until they are placed for adoption. Nora was Tracy’s 43rd baby!) There is no way to put into words what that moment felt like, meeting her for the first time. All of a sudden, everything made sense. All the prayers, the fears, the hoping, the waiting, the tears — everything suddenly aligned and we realized it was Nora all along. We didn’t know, couldn’t have known . . but God knew.
After we met Nora for the first time, we had to wait a whole week before we could bring her home for good! Thankfully though, we got to have a few visits with her before then. (As part of the transition, they try to ease her into us slowly, so that it’s not such a shock to her system to all of a sudden be taken from everything she’s known to this point in her life.) We had one full-day visit, then a couple days later, an overnight visit. Both were SO much fun, and we had lots of family and friends visit too. Everyone has been so excited for us and anxious to meet her! Finally, 6 days after meeting her, we brought 8-week old Nora home with us forever.
Nora is the sweetest, happiest baby! (We also think she’s the most beautiful, but we’re a little biased. 😉 ) She sleeps really well and smiles ALL the time. She loves all kinds of music, but her favorite song at the moment is “Jesus Loves Me.” (It gets her to calm down almost instantly!) The weirdest/coolest thing of all has been how quickly we have bonded with her. I don’t know how, but it has felt from the beginning like she just KNOWS we’re her parents. How is that possible?! As we see her personality coming out little by little, it gets us even more excited to see what she’ll be like as she grows up. I am so thankful to have Josh by my side throughout all of this. I knew all along he would be a great dad one day, but I underestimated how truly amazing he would be. He is so good with her, and she absolutely adores him. One grin from her, and his first words were, “Okay, fine. She can have whatever she wants. I can’t even fight it.” 🙂
Thank you all for your love, support, and encouragement during this time. Life is so good as a family of three; it’s a blessing we don’t deserve, but are so thankful for. Because Josh saved up a lot of PTO over the past couple years, and also gets a paternity leave from his employer, he is home with us for a month. Hopefully, I’ll be able to blog more, but judging by how crazy life has been lately, I can’t promise anything. 🙂 I love talking about our experience and am glad to answer any questions you may have. Have a wonderful rest of your week!