Friday, November 28, 2008

Why we decided to adopt

Adam and I have always talked about doing an international adoption. I can't even remember our first time that we discussed the topic because we have always had it in our hearts. We feel we are both able to love someone who God will bring to us, even if they are not biologically our own. It's just like the love I feel for Adam. He isn't related to me(well that's a good thing isn't it!!) and I don't share any biological connection to him. I am able to love him like crazy even though he is not my own "flesh and blood." I don't know if that makes sense or not. Im just trying to make the point that he and I know we will be able to open our hearts up and love our adopted daughter just as much as our biological daughter. Flesh and blood will not make us love Jayden more. This is one of the reason we know that God has called us to expand our family thru adoption.
We never talked about what specific country we were going to adopt from, but it has always been that we would do an international adoption. Basically for a long time we have known we wanted to adopt after we were done having our biological family. Easy.... that's how it's going to be. Done deal, that's it.

Fast forward a few more years to when we thought, "okay it's time to start having babies." Easy deal, I thought. Well not so easy. At first it wasn't happening, and then finally, "Yeah, we're pregnant."
I was almost 14 weeks and we had a miscarriage, the day before my sister-in-law's wedding. I went from the recovery room of having a D&C, back to the house to sleep, and then the next day I walked down the isle to light a candle or two! That was a very hard day for me. Most everyone knew we were pregnant, and I hadn't seen a lot of them yet, and they hadn't heard that I had lost our baby. So everyone was congratulating us, and yeah, it was a mess for us. And a hard day for family. My "in law" family is awesome. They truely are like my own family. But one of thier daughters is celebrating, and the other is devistated. I'm sure it was really hard on them to deal with as well. Luckily my mom and dad were coming to the wedding anyhow, and they were there to help.

Anyhow....where was I. Oh yeah, another miscarriage in among infertility.Things were getting a little stressful. I have mentioned the stress of fertility treatments in a previous post. Anyhow, after deciding to take a break from fertility tx, we took a trip to relax....and we came back pregnant!!! So here's my prescription for infertility.....Take a hot, tropical vacation!!!!

So finally I'm pregnant again. This is great, I figure. Besides having to take the 1st..2nd...and 3rd month off to being so sick, it was going okay. My nerves were also high as I had never made it past week 14. Finally at about week 16 I went back to work and was feeling better.

Now this is awesome. Until week 18 when I began bleeding...bad. We raced up to the hospital(which is 2 hr's away) and they discovered my placenta had torn a wee tiny bit. Our baby was fine, so they sent me home to relax.

Until week 20. Way more bleeding. Race up again, the placenta had torn a wee tiny bit again. Okay. "There is nothing we can do if the placenta was to completly tear off. The baby is to little and we need you to get to week 21. Then if something does happen, we can work with the baby."

Okay. So I am now on bedrest. Sucks, but I can do this.

Until week 23. Way more bleeding. You guessed it, the placenta had torn a wee bit more.
"Okay, we really still don't want to have to deliver this baby so early. Let's get to 25 weeks."

This pregnancy is really, really getting stressful. It is suppose to be a fun, look at my belly, I feel great thing. I am NOT enjoying this. Everytime I didn't feel a kick, I would think the worst. I had to have an ultasound every week from week 20 and on. The Ultrasound tec knew me by name, and I didn't even have to wait my turn. I got to walk right past the secretaries and go right back.

Anyhow....Week 26....wait for it......wait for it......

Massive amounts of bleeding. I really thought "this was the time my placenta was totally rupturing and my few minutes to save our baby was going to be gone." I had a 2hr ride to the hospital. But God was protecting our little baby yet again. The ultrasound showed her sucking her thumb, and she gave a few good kicks to tell the guy "quit poking me with that thing. I'm okay in here."

At this point they gave me a steriod shot to develop her lungs, I mean really, it didn't look like I would go full term. Strict bedrest.

Not enjoying pregnancy. Can't do anything. At this point we were thinking we needed to get a place in the city, so we can be close to the hospital.

But after that last hospital stay, and weekly ultrasounds to check on my placental tear, I had no more tearing.

So that takes us to week 38. Yes 38. Not 28. 38. The dr's were pretty impressed I made it to full term. I won't bore you with the 48hr long labour. But I will say it again. 48 hour long labour..... All I felt when they admitted me to the hospital to induce me was..

"Finally, our baby is safe."

I never truely thought she would make it. If my placenta had torn, I literally had minutes to get to the hospial for an emergancy c-section. Once the placenta is unattached, there is no oxygen to the baby. I needed to be in a hospital at the time of the rupture for our baby to live. Now I was in the hospital.......
Nov 1st, 2003 our miracle baby Jayden Skye was born. I can't even try to explain how I felt. Finally. Basically that sums it up. Finally we have our baby in our arms. Gratitude to Our Heavenly Father, that He kept our baby safe all thru the trouble I had. Anyhow, I can't explain it so I will stop there.....
Basically long story short, until our daughter was 2 years old we didn't try to get pregnant again. Just a personal choice. Lots of people question us on that. "If it's so hard for you to get pregnant, why would you try to prevent it from happening again." Stuff like that. Again, like I say, it was a personal choice. I know what I can handle as a mom, and that's that.
But once we did start trying again, obviously it's not happening. Last summer, my hubby and I were talking as we were driving on our holiday.
"Why do we have to wait until we are done having our biological children to adopt?....I mean what if I don't get pregnant again 5 years....or maybe never again. Why do we have to wait?"
"Hhmmm....that is so true. If we want our kids to be closer in age....yeah, we should think about it and pray about it....."
So in a nutshell that is how we came to our decision to adopt now instead of later. Of course there was much more discussion and lots more prayer involved, but you know what I mean. July 15th, 2007 is the date we started our process....I like how some of my fellow adoption bloggers have put the timeline on the side. I must figure out how to do that.
Okay, that was a long post. Sorry, but wanted to give you all a good insight of why we are adopting and how we have talked about it for a long time.
Pewffff. Now since an hour of my cleaning time is gone, I must go and at least start something so it looks like I've been productive!!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

An Honest Moment...

So, I am going to post an honest feeling I have been having, but I don't say it out loud too much.

I'm getting impatient. I guess deep down, I thought we would have our referral by now. Our dossier has been in Ethiopia since end of January 2008, and from that point they say the wait time to get a referral (which is adoption wording for our child), is between 8-14 months. Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov......that's almost 11 months....
Yes, we have mentally geared ourselves up for the 14 month wait, but my heart has gone a little impatient on me the last week or so... I really want it to start to move quicker. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about it. We can just put our cares in the hands of our Father, and pray to Him for a speedy process, and to give me patience. Lord....please, please give me patience today. I really want news about our daughter soon. Please calm my anxious heart.

But anyhow, I'm not a person who loves to share my inner secrets of my heart very often, so that's as honest as I'm getting....for right now.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

I'm back....

Okay, so I've taken a little break from the blog. This is what usually happens to me....I get really excited over something, and then it wears off and I think, why did I even start this. No one even is reading this, and I'm not a writer, I should just stop blogging. Well a few friends have said to me, "Hey, you haven't updated your blog lately. What's up!" So I guess some people read the blog. So Im back.

I'm not going to write anything about our adoption today, but I will tell you that Adam, Jayden and I went on a little trip to Disneyland. It was so much fun. We took Jayden for her 5th birthday. It was a perfect age to take her. She thought everything was amazing, and loved getting autographs, loved most of the rides, and really loved it. I think we will take our daughter as well when she turns 5. Any younger, and I think it would be a waste.(in our opinion)(Oh yeah, this is my blog, so I don't have to worry about offending anyone!!!) It's just I saw so many people there with young kids, trying to reason with them as they are having a fit cause they couldn't get the toy they wanted. Then because they didn't stop crying, they would buy it for them. Many, many tired kids, and yeah, we just thought Jay was the perfect age. Anyhow, some of her favorite rides were:
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • Soarin Over California

  • Grizzly River Raft Ride

  • Disney Playhouse Live

  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Bug's Life

  • Muppets 3D
  • Talking with Crush(who actually picked her out of the crowd to talk to!!!)

  • any many more
It will be interesting to see if our younger daughter will like the same rides as Jayden when we take her? It will be a fun trip when we go back with 2 kids, instead of just 1! Although everyone is a kid when you go to Disney. I still could hardly sleep the night before we went. I got butterflies as we went thru the front gate, and the sound of Tinkerbell's wand goes off . I love Disney.


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