our adoption story #7: waiting for the hearing

Today, I’m writing about the post-placement process and while we waited for our finalization hearing. Adoption takes many, many steps. With infant adoption, in general, the process goes: initial application home study training and waiting matching with an expectant mom birth and placement post-placement supervision finalization The State of Colorado requires families to wait atContinue reading “our adoption story #7: waiting for the hearing”

our adoption story #6: bringing baby home and placement

Today, I’m writing about the placement process. Adoption takes many, many steps. With infant adoption, in general, the process goes: initial application home study training and waiting matching with an expectant mom birth and placement post-placement supervision finalization Our process was a bit different than most because we were matched with a baby who hadContinue reading “our adoption story #6: bringing baby home and placement”

our adoption story #5: being matched with a baby

So, here I am on a regular Friday afternoon in our dinky apartment kitchen making a lunch of cheesy grits and fried eggs for me and Justin when the phone rang. I checked the caller id to see if it was worth answering and hope that it isn’t since this is a time sensitive mealContinue reading “our adoption story #5: being matched with a baby”

our adoption story #4: waiting to be matched

Once our home study was approved in October 2018, we entered the domestic infant adoption pool with 50 other waiting families. Some families had been waiting for upwards of five years and others, like us, were brand new to the pool. The average wait time to be matched with an expectant mom is 28 months. Knowing that we most likely had a coupleContinue reading “our adoption story #4: waiting to be matched”

our adoption story #3: the home study process

This is the third installment of our adoption story. You can read part 1 about our decision to adopt and part 2 about how we decided on an adoption agency here and here. In today’s post, I’m discussing the application and home study process. These were the two most involved and nerve-wracking parts of the process. When youContinue reading “our adoption story #3: the home study process”

celebrating our son’s heritage: day of the dead

While Halloween was a big tradition in our family prior to Sumner joining us, we decided to add the Day of the Dead to our traditions last year to help Sumner celebrate his heritage and ancestors. We were still in the NICU for last year’s celebrations and we kept things pretty low-key. We watched CocoContinue reading “celebrating our son’s heritage: day of the dead”

our adoption story #2: choosing an agency

This is the second post in our adoption story. If you want to know more about why we chose adoption as our way to expand our family, read part 1 here. One of the most important decisions you can make in the adoption process is about which agency to use. Justin and I knew that weContinue reading “our adoption story #2: choosing an agency”

organizing our medical supplies

We’re minimalists and zero-wasters at heart, but when you have a kiddo with a feeding tube you end up relaxing a bit in both of these areas due to the overwhelming amount of supplies that you get on a regular basis and accumulate over time. As time has gone on and Sumner has not neededContinue reading “organizing our medical supplies”

our adoption story #1: deciding to adopt

This is a somewhat personal post about our journey to choosing adoption. It’s pretty long, so bear with me. Please be kind. Throughout the research process, it was hard to find people who were willing to share their story and the ins and outs of their adoption process. We went into it with lots ofContinue reading “our adoption story #1: deciding to adopt”

September is NICU Awareness Month

Our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) story is pretty atypical. Imagine being so happy to be somewhere that most people are terrified of. That pretty much sums up how we felt most days. We got the call that we had been chosen to be the parents of the most perfect human on August 7th, 2019Continue reading “September is NICU Awareness Month”