Monday, May 11, 2009

8 years ago today....

I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I was just about to start college. It was one of those things that I thought I was invincible from. It was a scary time. I didnt want my baby to have to grow up being the middle of custody battles and have to watch his mom struggle just to provide for the two of them. I wanted him to have a mommy and daddy that loved each other and him. So I started looking at adoption.

I went though my church's adoption program. They gave me a bunch of letters hopeful parents had written telling about their families. The first one I read hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew they were the one. But I thought, no I need to give the others a fair chance and read their letters as well. But I kept coming back to this family. I had had a dream about a little girl praying for a baby and they had a daughter that did exactly that.

The next 9months were the hardest. I had so many different people give me their views on what I was doing. Some thought I was an angel for choosing adoption. Others told me I was just throwing my baby away. I also had to convince the dad that adoption was the right decision for us. I was able to meet with the family a couple of times before I had my son. Those visits were amazing. It was like I knew them all along. One of the visits my baby's birth father came with and that did it for him as well. It finally hit him that this was the right decision.

I continued to keep the family updated on my progress through letters. And they told me more and more about their family. 2 weeks went passed my due date and I was still pregnant. I was getting so miserable and antsy. My doctor decided to induce me. So early morning on May 10th I went into the hospital and was put on pitocin. That is some nasty stuff. I had hard labor for 18 hours and 2 hours of pushing. Kendrick J was born on May 11th 2001 at 2:38am weighing 9lbs 7oz and 20inches long. He was a big baby.

I was able to stay in the hospital a couple of days with him and get to know him. May 13th Mother's Day was my last day at the hospital. I had asked that the adoptive family come to the hospital so I could place him in their arms. Even though he had to go to a foster home till all the legal stuff was done (stupid Wisconsin law) I just wanted to be able to see him with their family to make things feel right. It was a very emotional fist Mother's Day for me.

The ride home was so hard to leave with out a baby. But I felt like I had done the right thing. It has now been 8 years since my sweet little boy was born. So much has happened. I found my self pregnant 3 years later and had a little girl. I was so happy that I was still in touch with the adoptive family. I emailed them and asked if they would want to adopt again. So now Kendrick and his half blood sister are together.

Since then they have let me have visits with the kids and have been so wonderful to me. I am so thankful for the adoptive family. They have done so much for me that wasnt even required of them or expected. My birth children know where they came from and why.

Now this Mother's day I am pregnant and married to a wonderful man. I cant wait to experience taking home a baby for the first time. I want to take this time and tell everyone who helped me through that emotional time, Thank YOU! and anyone who had given me a kind word of reassurance that I did the right thing. No matter how much it hurts when I miss them I will never regret my decision to give them up to a wonderful family.

Happy 8th Birthday Kendrick!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Trip to Wisconsin!

I had been aching to go to Wisconsin. Because I knew it was going to be a long time before I went again because of a new baby coming. I found a great price for a flight into Milwaukee! I left on April 30th. Lisa Lewis picked me up from the airport and brought me to Culver's for dinner! So YUMMY! It made me feel like I was officially in Wisconsin. We even got some fried cheese curds.
Friday my old friend from grade school Nicole Shultz picked me up and brought me to go get my hair done at my mom's salon. I really wanted my hair to look nice for my shower that night. Afterwords she took me to lunch and then for a shopping spree at Babies R Us. She spoiled me so much.
Friday night was my shower. We held it at the church building where i used to go. It was so great to see everyone. I got tons of clothes! I'm so glad I brought an extra suitcase!

Early Saturday morning we drove down to Iowa City, IA and went to see my sister and her family. Her daughter Ivy was born April 13th and she was being blessed at church on Sunday. They took us to a BBQ for mentally handicapped children that their church was putting on. I told my siblings they'd fit right in LOL (bad humor) Afterwords we headed back to their house for our own BBQ. Nicole's in-laws were there. It was so great seeing them. Our family knows them from way back. We went swimming at a hotel that Nicole's brother in-law and family were staying at. It was so fun to play in the water with my siblings!

Sunday was Ivy's blessing. My brother in-law Steve gave a wonderful blessing. He has always been so great with words. Ivy looked beautiful in her long white dress and headband that her Grandma Courtright made for her. My sister made her a little bracelet. Unfortunately all most all my pictures from that day are on my cell phone and I couldnt get them to upload right on to my computer. We had a really yummy Hawaiian Pork for dinner. After the BBQs and the Pork dinner I dont want to see another pig product for awhile! We headed back to Wisconsin that night.
Monday I did a whole lot of nothing. Just sat around the house till my siblings got home from school. We took my brother Andrew to the mall to get some shoes. Then when I got back my friend Melissa picked me up and we met our freind Korri for dinner at Pedros (always have to visit there!) Our waitress was Sunni Spencer, a girl that was in my church growing up. Crazy!

Tuesday my friend Bobby Jo Picked me up and brought me back to the airport. My flight back was awful. Lots of delays and horrible turbulence. I am so glad to be back.
I missed Vaughn so much. It felt so good to be back in his arms!