Father’s Day…

Happy Dada’s Day to Emma’s 2 daddies: her birth father and her Dada! Birth fathers are often vilified or forgotten in discussions about adoption. Not in our home! We appreciate that Emma’s birth father helped us become parents and chose a different life for his daughter.

Emma and Dada Father's Day 2019

We survived…

We survived Emma’s TWO birthday parties, baptism, and her actual birthday last month. I’m still not ready to say Continue reading “We survived…”

Meeting Emma…

November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

Emma is 9 1/2 months old, and I‘ll be taking the next 10 days to share her growth through the months.

Emma was born January 15 weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 18 1/4 inches. We met her on January 20 (32 months to the day after being approved to adopt). This is our first photo as a family of 3. I remember being exhausted but so excited to meet our little girl. The NICU nurses were so kind to us and took so much time with us. They became our surrogate family in many ways. It was crazy to live out of a hotel in a different state for 3 weeks and to spend almost every day at a hospital. Emma wouldn’t come home until February 8. She’s a happy, healthy baby, so it was worth it.

We were (and still are) so appreciative of Emma’s birth parents. They chose us to parent Emma. They gave us the best gift in the world, and they will always be part of our family. We talk about them often. Even though Emma is too young to understand, there will never be a time she doesn’t know her story.


Will you tell her she’s adopted?

When we shared that we had been chosen to parent our daughter, we were asked all the typical baby questions during subsequent visits with friends and families. Weight. Height. Eye color. Sleep schedule. And many of the comments and advice about feeding, sleeping, napping, diapering, etc. I kind of forgot we were adopting. I know that may seem odd. I obviously didn’t Continue reading “Will you tell her she’s adopted?”

What is in a name? {Baby Version}

**I totally wrote this around Easter (hence the Easter egg photo), and I’m just now finalizing and posting.**

Naming a child seems like such a challenge. It was no different for us. We had years to pick a name, but when we got the call that we would be parents to a little girl, we didn’t have a girl name chosen. In adoption, birth parents sometimes want to choose the child’s name or want to collaborate with the adoptive parents. We were given the opportunity to name this little girl who was going to call us mama and daddy. Of course, Chris disliked almost all the girl names I have ever suggested. At best I’d get a “maybe” out of him.

Last year, a friend let us borrow her collection of the tv show Continue reading “What is in a name? {Baby Version}”

Our Adoption Agency

During the home study process, we never officially “announced” what agency we decided to have complete our home study. As you might remember, we attended around half a dozen agency orientations. Some were too small. Some were too big. Some didn’t have the same attitude towards infant adoption as us. Continue reading “Our Adoption Agency”