Monday, April 21, 2008

Jack's new "word"

Jack actually spoke his first word last Christmas. He said, "Hi," at only two months old. Of course, some people think I'm crazy, but my mother was a witness and knows I'm not making this up. I thought maybe it was an odd take on the midnight at Christmas Eve fable. You know, when the animals talk.

Now, Jack is into faking coughs, "Eh, eh, eh." Mike and I think this is a new sound he's discovered. We're pretty sure he's expanding his vocabularly, not his immunity.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Are we still going to China?

We've been asked this a few times in the past week and our best answer is if we can afford to. There is a lot of love in our hearts for children and we still feel that Maggie Rose is in China. Unless there is divine intervention, I don’t think my cob web, catacomb uterus will start to function like it’s supposed to. Despite my naturally shaped birthing hips (that I’ve had since grade school), I’m not sure a baby will ever pass through them. But, take heart those who are more fertile than me. I wanted to pass along some wise words of advice I’ve received over the years.

Don’t try so hard. (And how do you make babies again?)

Give it a year (or two, or three. . .six).

You need to go to (blank) and get away from it all. It worked for us. (Quote came from a parent who had two children, both conceived at the same place.)

You need to get rid of your cats. That’s why you can’t get pregnant. (This stupid remark from a few years ago actually came from a less than tactful uncle at a parish event with parishioners and strangers milling around. I was shocked and didn’t know what to say. Apparently, I didn’t know that cats carried a curse.)

And one that I’ve only heard a little but I’m sure will start to pick up momentum...
You’ll probably get pregnant now. (Now that Jack is in our lives.)


Mike and I finally had the courage to watch this movie last week. I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was a lot of hype about this little “sleeper.” My review? This movie is quirky, fun and honest. I love it! One of my favorite scenes in the movie is at the hospital when Juno and her boyfriend are lying together. You can tell that Juno's emotional about her adoption decision but she and her boyfriend feel like their baby belongs to someone else. That’s how our birth mother felt and we are forever grateful for her selfless decision. I think people sometimes think that birth parents are selfish for giving their babies up for adoption, when, in reality, they give their babies more. Our birth mother loves Jack and she did what she thought was best. She is young and working on her degree. She is Jack's first mom and he will always know that. Jack's birth mom is smart and confident. I am excited to see what the future holds for her.

By the way, you know you're a parent when you don't see movies until they are released on DVD. I guess that could also mean that we're cheap. Hmm...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Our Precious Miracle

"If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours?"

This passage from Luke, chapter 16, has been a source of support and inspiration for me over the past nine months. That is when a special young lady came into our lives and decided that she wanted to give her baby more. She said she always felt like her baby belonged to someone else. We were blessed to hear about her from a guardian angel and with a heart doing double time, I called her family.

The past nine months have been an emotional roller coaster for my husband and our birth mother. Although we weren't always sure how things would go, we kept praying to God that everything would work out. Today, we were granted custody of this precious baby boy.

Although conceiving has eluded us, God found another way to bring true our dream of a family. Jack is the best thing that has ever happened to Mike and me. His birth mother had other options but she chose life for her son and a transformed, more enriched life for Mike and me. God and Jack's birth mother have entrusted us with an incredible blessing and we hope that with the Lord's strength and guidance, we are able to provide Jack with the beautiful life he deserves.

Friday, April 11, 2008

She's Got Legs

I heard this classic song by ZZ Top on the radio this morning, thought about my legs and then remembered that I hadn't shaved them last night. E-gads! Oh, yeah. I'm bringing sexy back. How long have you gone without shaving? Have you ever felt like a Wildebeast? Although there's a chance for snow this weekend, I really think the winter's over. No more excuses. It's not like I need the extra layer for warmth. It's time to shed this winter coat and welcome spring, 40 degrees and all!