Little Baby Superman

Image“We travel in 3 weeks.” P and I repeat that sentence over and over, and yet it continues to seem too good to be true! As I type this, we have 23 days, 12 hours, and 53 minutes until little man is born. It’s so hard to believe that after 3 long years of trying to be parents, the time is almost here. We cannot wait to meet him and to show him the world. We cannot wait for him to teach us all the things that we don’t yet know about life. We walk ahead naively, not knowing what is ahead, but our hearts are so full of joy and hope that they are almost exploding!

 Little Baby Superman, the superhero of our hearts. P and I went to a wonderful get-together with a group of fabulous adoptive families here in the Phoenix area. For all of the preparation that one takes in order to responsibly raise an adopted child, it was just great for us to see that these families were just normal, loving families, full of dance classes, soccer games, homework, temper tantrums, sleepy deliciousness, and fun. It did our hearts good to play with the kids and to get to know their parents.  We enjoyed hearing the stories that made these beautiful families. Seeing them brought our situation into better focus. Our family is about to begin….in 23 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes…

 One of the amazing moms at this dinner gave our future son the awesome sleeper pictured above. “ SUPERMAN WAS ADOPTED TOO!” Seriously, how great is that!Image

 I got to speak to Em two days ago. She is getting big, and is excited for our arrival in Florida. There is so much to think about when it comes to the time in the hospital, and so we had a heart to heart about how she wants it to go. There are a lot of delicate decisions to be made, and P and I have to be very flexible, as we are not his parents until the papers are signed. They cannot be signed, by Florida law, until 48 hours after baby is born; therefore, she has to say clearly what she wants and needs from us. Does she want to see the baby, hold the baby, room in with the baby? Will he stay in the newborn nursery with us? There is so much to know. We will likely have to stay in a hotel, as they don’t usually have a room for the adoptive parents at the hospital. We have to wing it and be flexible. There is a lot to juggle, and because Em has been so generous with us, we want to return that generosity in any way we can. She wants the baby with us as much as possible, and would love to see us together as a family. I am so in awe of her. She is the woman responsible for changing my life forever.

 We have started making our packing lists to travel, as once the baby is discharged from the hospital, we will have to stay in Florida for another 7-10 business days for Interstate Clearance. This is where Florida must shake hands with Arizona so we can leave the state with the baby. While we wait it out in the state of Florida, we will stay with a friend, who lives only 1.5 hours from where baby will be born. I will be so grateful for the community as we navigate this time in geographical limbo with our son. I have a feeling I have a lot of laughter coming my way in the house of J.C., whom I love like a brother.Image

 For those of you wondering about how adoptive breastfeeding protocol is going, it’s great! I am actually making some milk, and hope to have a good bit more by the time baby joins the world….in 23 days, 12 hours, and 32 minutes…

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2 thoughts on “Little Baby Superman

  1. I am so excited to meet you both… And for your adventure of parenthood! I have really enjoyed following your blog. Please let me know if we can help or do anything for you while you’re in Florida!

    Congrats on making milk – what an amazing accomplishment! My extra milk is all frozen and ready for your baby – as much as you need 🙂

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