It is truly amazing what a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were adjusting to our new lives in NorCal, we just bought and remodeled our home and we were still childless. We’d stopped doing any infertility treatments because nothing was working (and besides who can afford to do infinite rounds of IVF?) We had recently started the adoption certification process (again) with a new agency, but were still months away from our final approval. I felt like the family I’d always dreamed of having was still so far out of reach. And then BAM!! Everything changed. I miraculously got pregnant, we adopted Grant and just like that this is MY family! You guys- I have a family!!?? WOW! I would have given anything to take a quick peek at this photo a year or two ago, just to know for sure that everything would eventually turn out ok. In my heart of hearts I knew that it would, I was just soooo tired of waiting. I guess that’s what faith is truly all about…knowing and trusting without seeing.
As we eagerly await the arrive of our little girl, I can’t help but think about the day when my first babe was born. Back in March, 7 weeks prior to Grant’s due date I had flown out to Phoenix for a quickie visit with our Birthmom, Jessica. She had a Doctor’s appointment and we planned to go to dinner. As soon as we got to the appointment, Jess was immediately told to go the hospital because her blood pressure was dangerously high. (She had a history of preeclampsia.) We drove to the hospital and next thing I know she’s being admitted! They said “You’re not leaving this hospital until that baby is born!”
So there I was in Phoenix with nothing but the clothes on my back and the stuff in my purse! I spent the first night in the hospital with Jess which was pretty miserable for us both! (Remember I’m 19 weeks pregnant at this point and was just starting to get over my horrid “morning sickness”) The next few days while we waited for Grant to be born, I spent all of my time at the hospital with Jess and her family. That extra time turned out to be a blessing; Jess and I really got to know each other. We talked about everything and nothing and those days together were such a gift. Gabe flew in a few days later (bringing me clean clothes finally!) and we spent the weekend anxiously waiting for our babe to arrive. Sunday night Gabe flew home because we were told it could still be several more days, but Monday morning (3/14, Pi day!) Doctors gave the go ahead and it was time to meet Grant. (Gabe hopped on flight and made it back about an hour after Grant was born.) Jess so generously allowed me to be with her in the OR during the C-section. I gingerly sat down next to her and we held hands when the Doctors started working. Neither of us tried to fight the tears that poured down; though Jess’ crystal blue-green eyes shone with an incredible beauty coupled with so much sadness. I’ll never for as long as I live forget the look in her eyes in that moment. At 12:13pm we heard Grant’s first cries and I totally lost it. My baby was finally here…4lbs 8ozs of perfection. When I saw him for the first time my heart exploded. My love for him was already unconditional and absolute. There was no doubt this was my child.
Grant spent the next 3 weeks in the NICU so his lungs could develop and his little body could grow. A month after I arrived, I finally left Phoenix with my precious little love. It was the most beautiful and perfectly imperfect experience. It’s hard to believe I’m lucky enough to feel that newborn baby love all over again…any day now.
One of my favorite parts of pregnancy has been dressing up my bump! To me it’s the most beautiful accessory a woman could ever hope for and I’m so proud to show mine off. So if you’ve got a growing bump you MUST check out BUMPstyle Box! It’s a fabulous service that will send maternity clothes to you based on your style preferences. I’ve felt that at times it can be difficult, not to mention frustrating, to find the perfect maternity clothes especially when you’re shopping online. Honestly I love the idea behind BUMPstyle because it’s such a great way to treat yourself and your beautiful bod! Plus, who really has the energy to fight crowds at the mall anyway when you’re big bumpin’?!
The process is so simple and personalized…it’s like having your very own personal shopper! First, you fill out a style profile, which includes questions about your preferences, lifestyle & budget. Then you get matched up with a personal stylist who handpicks 4-6 items just for you. She’ll even include a handwritten note on how to style each item. My stylist, Hannah, was the absolute sweetest and so thorough in her selection process. Once you get your very own box you try on all the fun, new looks in your own home when you have the time. AND you don’t get charged for anything until you receive the box and chose the clothes you want to keep. Then all you have to do is put the remaining items that didn’t work in the prepaid box and send them back. Super fun and super easy!
Check out my BUMPstyle Box looks below and then hurry, hurry and order your very own Box!