We had been on the roller coaster of infertility for nine years when we discussed adoption as the way to form our family. We attended the informational seminar at Nightlight in June 2006. We were so impressed with the stories that we heard and the wonderful and caring staff that we decided at lunch that day to start our paperwork for domestic adoption.
We were told about Angela, and we were immediately drawn to her. We met her on September 22, 2006. She was 15 weeks pregnant and the baby was due on March 17, 2007. When we met with Angela, she was well prepared with a long list of questions for us. We seemed to really have a lot in common and many of the same beliefs. After lunch we took Angela to her doctor appointment where she had an ultrasound and we got to see the baby for the first time. It was love at first sight.
As the due date approached, Angela took some time to herself to pray and reflect on her adoption plan. We took advantage of the last few weeks to prepare to bring our son home. When March arrived, we started jumping every time a phone rang. Our social worker called us at 10:45 p.m. on March 15th to let us know Angela was in labor. We prayed for Angela to have a safe and speedy delivery and that is exactly what she had. Our son, David, was born at 2:14 a.m. on March 16th.
Angela wanted to be the one to introduce us to our son, so she planned it all out perfectly. We were summoned to the hospital when everything was ready. Angela’s friends took pictures of us as we walked in and as Angela gave us our greatest gift, our son. It was so surreal yet so comfortable and so warm. When it came time for Angela to go home, she hugged me and said, “Thank you for this privilege.” I was so overwhelmed when she said that, but that is how our whole relationship is. We all feel blessed to know each other and grateful for the different gifts that we have given to each other.
We continue to talk with Angela via email as we all settle into our new lives. We look forward to visits with her not only for her to be reassured in her plan for baby David, but for us to also watch her mature and thrive. We have two wonderful new members of our family and our lives are more complete than ever. Our son David will always know about the special place that he has in Angela’s heart and about the special place that she has in ours.