We brought baby "Hope" home from the hospital as a surprise emergency foster placement, and I would have no clue what an amazing blessing I was about to receive. The 2 weeks we spent in NICU and the little bit of a 5 lb. nugget I brought home is barely a memory - and she is practically walking!
She had her 1 year visit to the pediatrician today, and although she is petite (at 29 inches and 18 lbs, 8 oz), she is thriving. The doctor is pleased, and we are looking forward to our court date on May 20 where hopefully parental rights will be terminated which will eventually turn into a finalized adoption later this summer.
To those still waiting for their placement, hold on and just know that whether you believe in God, fate or nothing at all, things seem to happen at the exact time they are supposed to. Your baby is waiting for you as much as you are waiting for them.
To those who have encouraged me along the way, thank you. For those who have shared their stories and caused me to cry at work and get weird glances from co-workers, YOU GO GIRL!
I am so over the moon with happiness with my daughter and the family we have built with her and her half sister, my niece, and I am so pleased to have a community where I fit with my unconventional family.
A toast to the Adoption Bumpees!