Adoptation

January 27, 2010

Transition Time

Filed under: Adoption, Birth mother, Newborn, Preparation — adoptation @ 8:35 pm

Here’s a sentence I was beginning to think I’d never type: Today I held my newborn son in my arms.

After a whirlwind month that included an adoption-agency match with a way-cool birth mother, a quick ramp-up to a scheduled induction, an even quicker sprint to a premature delivery, and then a mad dash to the airport to get boots on the ground within 24 hours of the birth…my wife and I walked into the hospital and met our baby boy.

But that’s pretty much all we did. He’s a month or so premature, so they have him in the NICU all wired up and tended to. He’s very healthy, breathing on his own, crying full volume, and moving vigorously; but he also is staying with the NICU instead of with us, and we’re not feeding him, clothing him, or any other kind of parenting stuff other than visiting for short bursts of hang-out-and-stare time. Aside from that, he’s already got 24/7 babysitting services.

I guess this is our “pregnancy transition,” then. The nine months of gestation give new parents an opportunity to wrap their heads around this strange new business and prepare for the move from duo to trio. Now we get to have a physical reminder of our own that there will be a full-time baby in our lives soon…but not just yet.

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14 Comments »

  1. YAY!!!! I am so excited for you!!!! Prayers and wishes for health and a speedy NICU departure for your son! And of course, prayers for your amazing first mom–she is heaven-sent in my eyes.

    Blessings and hugs hugs hugs!
    ~nicole

    Comment by Nicole — January 27, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    • Thanks, Nicole. We agree with you on all counts…and we’re very eager to see what comes next!

      Comment by adoptation — January 27, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  2. Congratulations! Oooh, this is going to be quite a switch from life before – you know, the one where you actually slept all night. But it’s a welcome one. One I gladly accepted. Good book – What to Expect the First year – I hope you get to bring the baby home soon.

    Comment by deathstar44 — January 27, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    • We’ve got a good “first months” book…and are eager to start using it in a few weeks!

      Comment by adoptation — January 27, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  3. Oh, congratulations!! I’m glad he sounds so healthy, great news! Best wishes for all of you.
    Anne

    Comment by Anne — January 27, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    • Thanks, Anne. He’s still got a ways to go before he’s got the full clean bill of health and can leave the NICU…but he already seems determined to make it happen.

      Comment by adoptation — January 27, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

  4. Heartfelt congrats! I hope he has a speedy, healthy NICU course and will be home with you soon!

    Comment by Trinity — January 28, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    • Thanks! He’s clearly doing his level best to get out of there…

      Comment by adoptation — January 28, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  5. Wishing you all health and wellness. What an exciting time!

    Comment by Lavender Luz — January 28, 2010 @ 9:23 am

  6. Just found your blog on L&F and wanted to say congratulations! We are in the trenches of the adoption process right now and I love to hear happy endings 🙂

    Comment by Danielle — January 28, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    • Thanks, Danielle. We have plenty of good things to say about this process so far…and I hope to have plenty more to report!

      Comment by adoptation — January 28, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  7. Congratulations…just came to look at the updates on your blog! Wow, so exciting, that went fast, huh? So happy for you guys to finally have your son, praying things go smoothly & he is released from the NICU soon!

    Comment by Rebecca — January 28, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    • It was incredibly fast, Rebecca – just under a month from match to birth! He seems to be doing well in the NICU, but it’ll be even better when he’s with us 24/7.

      Comment by adoptation — January 28, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  8. congratulations! Best wishes to you both and the little one!

    Comment by Mrs H — January 28, 2010 @ 10:02 pm


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