Saturday, July 11, 2009

Excited, Stunned, So VERY Happy...We Are Linked to a Birth Mom!



This is the look on our faces when we saw the words "Linked with a birth mother" under our picture on our agency's site!

Yes, you read that right! We are so excited to announce that we are linked with an expectant mom!

We got "the call" while I was in Chicago on Friday, June 26th. The expectant mother's caseworker left a message on our voicemail saying that she had a case she wanted to discuss with us. Steve didn't get the message until 8:30pm that night, so we had to wait until Monday morning to get some more information! Talk about a LOOOONNNNNGGGG weekend!

Monday morning, June 29th, at 8:15am we called the caseworker. She told us that we had been chosen by an expectant mother who is due to give birth in September. She said that we would get more information when we went in for our "linked" meeting with the director of our agency. We called our families and shared the good news! Everyone was very shocked and excited! My sister, Janice, even started crying in front of her coworkers when she took the call -- she was so excited and happy!

We made some phone calls and were able to schedule our linked meeting for the very next day Tuesday, June 30th. Our appointment was in the afternoon; even that felt like such a very long wait because we were so anxious! We met with the director, and she went over the file of information including background and health information. We even learned a bit about the expectant mother's likes and hobbies. We signed some paperwork and found out that she wanted to meet with us as well.

We were waiting to hear from the agency to see what the best date was for the birth mother. We were prepared to cancel our trip (to Vegas) at that point if she was available that week. In the end, she couldn't come to the meeting until this past Thursday, July 9th, so it all worked out.

So with almost no sleep (because of all of the excitement) we went on our trip and couldn't believe that we had just been chosen! We had been LINKED! Steve kept looking at me throughout the trip and just mouthing the words, "We're linked!!" What an amazing feeling -- we know how fortunate we are to be picked at this point. Our agency had told us it could be a TWO year wait (or more). We had been waiting 6 1/2 months at that point (7 months as of today.)

We got home Sunday, July 5th, and had to wait until Thursday, July 9th, for our meeting. While it gave us a chance to recover from the time difference from Las Vegas to Michigan, it was REALLY hard to wait!

We drove to another branch of our agency's office and met with the caseworker, the expectant mom, and her mother. We were nervous, excited, and did I say nervous?? We all sat together, though, and started talking, and it felt more and more comfortable. We got to know them better, and they asked us some questions as well. Our visit was over 2 hours long, but it didn't seem like it at all. The time went by so quickly. We're hoping that we will see her again soon; we may even get invited to a doctor appointment...we'll see!

We are so thankful that she chose us and so very very excited and hopeful for September. We celebrated tonight by going out and buying a crib mattress! I haven't posted anything until now for a few reasons...I was waiting for our meeting on Thursday, and I also wanted to wait until I had spoken to a couple of people I hadn't reached on the phone yet.

But now I'm making the big announcement! :) What an exciting, wonderful whirlwind these last two weeks have been!

57 comments:

Jenny said...

I'm so happy for you, darling! :) You have brought tears to my eyes.

Jessica Ann said...

Congrats! That is such incredible news - best wishes to you.

Suzanne said...

OMG - that is SO incredible and exciting! The mother has good taste because she recognized what an awesome couple you are! You are going to be the BEST parents!
This is like your BFP!!!!!

Jen said...

WENDY!!!!!!!!
Congratulations! Gah! I'm just so happy for you.
You so deserve this. I can't wait to follow along while you await the arrival of YOUR BAYBEE! Ahhhh!!!
:)

'Murgdan' said...

So freakin' happy for you. This is just awesome!

Tara said...

I am so happy for you! What wonderful news!!!

RB said...

Congratulations!!!

Laurie said...

Hip hip hooray!! Looking forward to watching your story unfold!

Congratulations!

G & H said...

AWWWWWW I am tearing up I am so excited and happy for you guys and I don't even know you!!!

It gives all of us so much hope and what a beautiful story!!!!!

Heidi said...

SO excited for you guys!!!

LL said...

Congrats Wendy!!! This is going to be such an exciting time and the due date is so close!!!

I remember the feeling when we got the call! it was such a overcoming wave of emotion.

Anonymous said...

Tears!

lynnette said...

"CONGRATULATIONS"

Karen said...

Congratulations, Wendy! I'm so excited for you!

Kristen said...

I have chills right now reading this post. I am so excited for you and Steve!!!! Congratulations!!!

hopefaithlove said...

congrats! so exciting, do you know the gender?

Bella said...

A million, bazillion congrats to you both! This is such amazing news! I am just so freakin' happy for you two! You're having a baby in TWO months!!! Wooohoooooo!!!

Jamie said...

YEAH!!! Really a TWO YEAR wait?? THAT scares me!!! Great for you.

Jamie said...

Seriously, I've been following your blog for a while and I can't stop reading this post. SOO exciting!!! I can't see how you kept all that in without posting it. I'm super impressed. YEAH FOR SEPTEMBER!!!!

Erin said...

I am a long time reader, delurking to say cograts!

I am so happy for you!

Cindy Nguyen said...

hallelujah! I'm so happy for you, I'm crying!!!!

Tracey said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!

From the Stork; An adoption Journey said...

Congradulations. Good for you. You must be so happy. Do you know if it is a girl or boy? Very happy for the both of you.

Joanna said...

I have been waiting for this very post for a long time. YES! Congratulations! Let it be known that our family joins in on your excitement. I can't wait to continue to follow your "journey" and am eager to see your first parental posts!

Yaya said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Congratulations!!!!!

Meg. said...

Congratulations! Your excitement is contagious! =)

September will be here before you know it!

So happy for you!

Jessica said...

Congratulations!!!! That is so exciting. September is SO close!

Prayers for your journey and your birthmother's journey as well.

Jenn said...

so so so sooooooooooooooooo excited and happy for you guys!!! sept will be here before you know it!

Terri said...

such amazing news! congratulations and enjoy the ride...it is AWESOME!

Jenn said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I'm so excited for you!!

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the title of your post tonight!

This is so wonderful...I can't WAIT for you to start posting nursery pictures!!!!!!!!

Jodi said...

Woo hoo Wendy!!!! That is awesome, and September is right around the corner! Soooooo happy for you!!!

Next in Line said...

I am so thrilled for you. I wish I good personally put in a good word for you both that I know you will be amazing parents.

Melba said...

WOW, awesome news!! I'm way late in seeing this, but I'm SO very happy for you!! I can't even begin to imagine what it was like for you to have to wait and wonder, but I'm so glad to hear things went so well at your meeting with the birth mother.

I will certainly be checking back for updates...September will be here in a flash!!

Melba

A to Z said...

Wendy & Steve,

We are sooooooooo excited for you!!!! I can't wait to read all about your journey. Keep the posts coming!!!

Congrats!

Amy & Zeb

Kellie said...

congratulations! We will soon be waiting to be matched with a birthmom too, we are currently finishing up our profile!

Infertility is Hard said...

Oh my gosh! I'm SO excited for you and Steve! I have been waiting to hear this news, and am so happy you have been linked to a birthmom! And the picture of you guys is precious. I can see the joy spilling over. :-D

Congrats, congrats, congrats! I can't wait to see pictures of you guys with your new son or daughter. :-D

Shelby said...

This is FANTASTIC to hear. I am so excited for you guys!! CONGRATS!! Wow, September...that's less than 2 months away!

Rebekah said...

YAH! YAH! YAH!!!!!!!!!! So excited for you. YOU ARE BEAMING! Can't wait to hear more :).

Ashley said...

CONGRATS!!!! Enjoy these next months of preparation. :)

Claudia said...

HOORAY! That's wonderful!!!

Amy said...

Hip Hip...Hooray!

I'm SO happy for you guys! Congrats!!!!

Jamie said...

congratulations!!!! :) how exciting! i pray that your meeting goes well ~ can't wait to hear all about it. :)you both look so happy! :)

jami said...

congratulations!! I am overjoyed for you!

Erica said...

YEA WENDY! I know I'm late to join the celebration, but I've been keeping up at The Nest. SO EXCITED!! I'm glad that the meeting went so well and that you are all "linked" up now. That is so cute that Steve kept repeating that to you over the weekend...that sounds like something my hubby would do.

Sooo...are you done with all your baby shopping yet? LOL

Lorraine said...

What an amazing feeling it must be! All the best to you!

happymomof2 said...

Sorry I haven't been reading my blogs regularly but I was SOOOOOO THRILLED to read that you all had been matched:) LOVEd the picture of you two- are you a little excited- LOL! I am so happy for you all and keeping you in my prayers. September is a great month to have a baby that is when my daughter was born:) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! God Bless

Polly Gamwich said...

Oh Wendy ... I am crying with joy for you and Steve right now. 7 months? That's AWESOME! Dude ... September is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!! Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? I am just so darn happy for you.

So so happy.

sarah m said...

YEAH!!! Congrats congrats congrats!!! What an exciting moment!! :)

tickintime said...

OMG! I have goosebumps Wendy. I'm over the moon thrilled for you guys.

T said...

I've been meaning to email you back (sorry! been on vacation). I'm so so so excited for you guys and can't wait to hear all the details over the next few months. September isn't too far away!!

E said...

What wonderful news! CONGRATS Wendy!!! I'm sorry I didn't read this sooner...I'm so very happy and excited for you both. September will be here before you know it;)

Parenthood For Me said...

That is excellent news. How wonderful you did not have to wait to long to be linked!

Anna said...

Wendy & Steve,

I cannot tell you just how truly thrilled & happy I am for both of you. What a wonderful surprise. Imagine, the 6 1/2 mths you've been waiting, your baby had also just started his/her slow baked process, just waiting to be placed with you guys.

I thank God the birth mother chose you two as the parents. She made one fantastic choice!

Here's to looking forward to September and the birth of your little one.
Many, many blessings!

AHHHH... I'm so happy!
Anna

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! What a GREAT post! I silently read and get updates from my sisters and parents. That just brought tears to my eyes. I am SO happy for you two!

Alison Delicati :)

A Life Full of Love said...

What a great story!! I am so excited for you all.

Lost in Space said...

I know I am way late to the game to tell you Congrats on here, but I hope my blubbering phone call told you how over the moon thrilled I am for you and Steve. (-;

You guys are going to be such great parents!!!

Kristi B said...

I'm a little behind on my blog reading, but I just cried the whole way through reading this post! Congratulations!!! What wonderful news!