Monday, May 16, 2016

The Other Side

I apologize for taking so long to update you all! It's been a very busy couple of months and I just haven't had the energy to write, until now! Before we get into the update...

I will be discussing my new baby, so if this is a trigger for you, please be warned. There is also a baby picture at the bottom of this post.

A (I'll be using this letter to refer to her for privacy purposes) was born on April 7th at 9:30 p.m. My husband and I were lucky enough to be in the room during the birth and it was a very emotional and amazing experience. Daniel cut the cord and I was the first to hold her. It was so surreal! 

Once I heard her cry for the first time, I just broke down in tears. I felt so much joy and love it was overwhelming. When I held her, I was overcome with the feeling that my journey had led me to exactly where I needed to be, in that moment, holding my daughter for the first time. 

We stayed in a room at the hospital for the first 2 nights, and A stayed in the room with us. On the 3rd day we were released and were able to bring her home!

It's been a whirlwind since then! All of a sudden we are parents to this beautiful little blessing, and I couldn't be happier. After so many years of feeling incomplete and broken, I finally have the missing piece and I'm overwhelmed at times with the unconditional love and expansion of my heart.

A has been doing great and is such a wonderful baby. Yes, we've had some sleepless nights, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. The opportunity to be her mother is worth every challenge.

As far as the adoption process goes, the only thing we have left to do is the court hearing which will take place in July.  At that time, the adoption will be finalized and we will receive a new birth certificate naming Daniel and I as the parents, and A will finally have our last name. :)

I will try to post more regularly, and this blog will grow to be both about adoption and infertility. I hope you will stick with me :)

And finally, I hope you enjoy these pictures!


  1. Beautiful story & amazing photos!! She's so precious!! Feel free to not answer, but was this an open adoption through an agency? Or was it someone you know? So happy for you girl, thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi Elena! Thank you for reading ;) I'm actually very lucky that someone I know reached out to me directly to adopt her baby. So it was a private adoption without an agency. It will be an open adoption and the birthmother will continue to be a part of her life as she grows up. :)

  2. You sound SO happy in this post Jessica. The photos are beautiful. Looking forward to future posts!!

  3. I'm so glad you updated! This warms my heart so much

  4. Congrats!! What a precious, beautiful little girl :)

  5. Congrats Jessica!!!!! Such wonderful news for you and your little family!