I’m baack!

Ahhhh my blog. My long lost friend.. I haven’t been able to write in so long. I feel like I’m reconnecting with an old buddy right now! I’ve always said that this blog comes straight from my soul. I’m pouring my heart out for all of you to see. I can’t write it with secrets because it feels like lying. So since we weren’t ready to tell this story yet, I had to pause my writing. But after last weekend’s big announcement, I’m going to burst if I don’t write something soon!

So here’s the update:

In June, I got an email. It was a Sunday afternoon. Mikel and I were relaxing on the couch, watching a movie.. l picked up my phone to mindlessly scroll through facebook, like normal. Our Bring Baby Ross Home facebook page had a new notification. And there, sitting patiently to be read, was the message that would change our lives forever.
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A woman emailed us to say that she was 12 weeks pregnant and not able to keep the baby. The specifics are quite private and not something that I feel privileged to share with you all. All I can tell you is that she answered our prayers that afternoon.
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Over the past few months we have gone to her doctor appointments, been there for her ultrasounds and been allowed to be very present while our son is waiting to be born. (Let that sink in. OUR SON.I’m finally going to be a momma!)
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We are ecstatic. We are also terrified. I thought that the waiting up to this point was hard. Man, the intensity has quadrupled since we found out that there’s a real baby out there waiting for us. It’s not just the fear of any soon-to-be parent, but all the extra scary stuff that goes with adoption as well.
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The birth mother has met with the lawyer and signed all of the preliminary paperwork. Pennsylvania law states that the birth mother must wait 72 hours after the birth of the baby until she’s able to sign off her parental rights. After that, it’s 30 days until the adoption can be finalized. That’s 33 whole days after birth before this baby officially becomes a Ross. I understand the laws and the reasoning why. But holy smokes, that’s a long time!
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Mikel and I have started to prepare a nursery and have spent hours researching names. (No, Dad. We’re still not naming him Dean.) Its all starting to feel very real.. And yet it’s the most surreal thing I’ve ever experienced. We’ve fought for this for the better part of 3 years. Is it coming true? Is it actually happening this time?
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We’re beyond blessed. I feel like I might just be the luckiest girl in the world because of this little boy. That’s because of all of you. The blog did it. Your shares worked. It was facebook that connected us with our baby. And I can never thank you all enough.

One thought on “I’m baack!

  1. We are so excited, happy, and feeling blessed to become grandparents again. Every grandchild fills us both with so much joy. Best of luck on the name choices, that can be some of the most fun you can have while waiting to bring Baby Ross HOME!

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