ADOPTION STORY: KYLE AND HALEY
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Kyle and I started our adoption journey in June of 2017. After we made the decision to adopt, I started researching it as much as I could. I would search different adoption hashtags on instagram and read the stories that I found through doing that. While I was looking I kept seeing several people talk about Christian Adoption Consultants and Leah! After talking on the phone with Leah, we knew that we wanted to be working with her. Adoption can be very overwhelming and we were so new to the process we didn’t even know where to begin. Right from the start Leah provided us with so much information that helped us get started. The information packet that CAC provides is incredible. The day Leah sent it to us I read almost every word just so I could start to better understand the process we were beginning!
After all the paperwork and home study was complete, we were officially a waiting family in September. I remember the day we had everything turned in and Leah sent us our first situation to look at! I was so excited and anxious. After a couple weeks we presented to a situation for the first time. We were so hopeful and felt very good about that situation, so when we were not selected we were devastated. The waiting part of adoption is brutal. After about 4 months of applying and waiting, we were chosen by an expectant mother! We were absolutely thrilled! We spent the next month preparing and waiting to meet our baby. Long story short, ultimately this placement fell through at the last minute. It was very unexpected and left us feeling confused and hopeless. After our placement fell through I took some time off of work to try and process what had happened so we could move forward. The first couple weeks were so difficult, but eventually we returned to our normal routines and went on with life.
About 2 months passed before we saw another situation we felt like we should present our profile to. We decided to present our profile on Friday, but we had family in town visiting us so we tried not to think about whether or not we would be picked too much! Monday around lunch time, we got a call that the expectant mother had chosen us! We now had 2 weeks to get ready to bring our baby home! Later that evening we got a second call from our agency. The case worker introduced herself, and then asked me how I felt about everything happening so fast. I said 2 weeks is quick, but were so excited and were going to make it work. She replied and told me that the birth mother was having some health issues, so they were going to do a c-section that night!! We needed to be on a plane ASAP! After the shock wore off, we quickly got to work packing/getting ready and we were on the first flight the next morning!
Sage was born on Monday night around 11:30 PM and we made it to the hospital around 7:30 AM the next day. We spent the next several days snuggling Sage and spending time getting to know her birth mother. We were very nervous about meeting Sage’s birth mother since the previous mother we had been matched with changed her mind at the last minute. Because everything happened so quickly, seeing her at the hospital was the first time we ever spoke with her. It went much better than we expected, and we enjoyed the time we spent with her.
After about a week and a half we got to travel back home with Sage. Sage took her first plane ride at 8 days old, and did great! Since coming home Sage has met so many friends and family who love her so much. Adoption can be a challenging process, but we cannot imagine life without our little Sage. She gets cuter and cuter everyday and is such a blessing in our life! We love her so much!
Could she be any cuter !! Congrats Kyle and Haley!