This is going to be expensive… but who cares!

I was hot-gluing googly eyes onto raw potatoes when I got the call that changed my life.

The soft voice of the social worker on the other end said that Carl and I had been picked by a local birth mom to adopt her newborn baby girl.

I don’t remember what I did with that glue gun or those potatoes, but I somehow managed to find a nearby stairwell to lean onto for support.

baby hand

Born a preemie weighing in at 4lbs 7oz on January 25th, she was sent to an out-of-town hospital for care.

Carl wasn’t doing anything dignified (either) when I called him with the long-awaited and amazing news. I think his hiking boots are still in need of the laces he dropped, and left behind at the local shoe cobbler.

We spent the next three weeks driving many long hours to see our baby girl get stronger in the hospital. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is not where any parent wants to be. Dealing with feeding tubes and seeing scary machines designed to measure heart rates and breathing patterns is not ideal. I have a huge respect for the nurses and doctors who helped our daughter during those long weeks. I have an even bigger respect for the many parents we met, and the kindness shared.

Our daughter’s name is Chloe.

We brought her home on February 15th, a very happy and healthy kiddlet. We haven’t slept a wink since that amazing day.

Like our lives, this blog just took a turn.

My sincere apologies to those waiting for an email reply over the last while. I’ve had my hands a little full as of late, and my three-month-stale inbox doesn’t demand a diaper change. 🙂

Send coffee, please.


P.S.: To Karmavore of See Theo Run, there are not enough THANK YOU’s for your helpful words and kind advice during our adventures in local, open adoption. So, Thank You. 🙂

Our friends and family deserve many Thank You’s too.

Your two cents:

  1. Glen Craig May 1st, 2012

    CONGRATS! So happy for you.

  2. Karen Collacutt May 2nd, 2012

    Wow! Congratulations! What a fantastic journey and an incredible blessing. Be well, sleep when Chloe does. 🙂

  3. Kathy Weier May 2nd, 2012

    What lovely and happy news! Congratulations to you, your husband and little Chloe on finding a family in each other!

    Enjoy every minute- it will all be a distant happy memory so soon you will hardly believe it! I often find myself wishing I had snuggled my little girl just a minute longer and try to always remember “This too shall Pass” for every situation.

  4. ImpulseSave May 3rd, 2012

    That’s such amazing news! How incredible! There is nothing like that phone call. Blessings to your whole family 🙂

  5. Good for you! So excited for you guys (and Chloe). Thanks for sharing.

  6. Michael W May 4th, 2012


    I think you will be inspired by the birth of your new baby to come up some unique insights on frugal savings.

    I wish I had all the resources out there now, when my son was born.

    Thanks for all your hardwork on you blogs. I enjoy reading each blog.

  7. Kay May 4th, 2012

    Congratulations!!! What a wonderful news! 🙂

  8. Shawanda May 5th, 2012

    I know this comment is super late, but I feel compelled to tell you congratulations. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  9. Deacon May 6th, 2012

    Congrats on the new addition to your family!

  10. Tim Stobbs May 9th, 2012

    I get a little behind on my reading and you turn into a mom on me. THAT IS SO GREAT!!! Enjoy every second of this next year, it will be gone before you know it.

    Wow, that is a little baby, even smaller by a few oz than my older son. Let me know if you need any help at all on the wonderful world of raising a NICU baby. BC has excellent supports (our son was born there as well).

    Best of luck,

  11. Judith Adair May 10th, 2012

    How wonderful! Worth every red cent and farthing! —– and sleepless nights ——- and stinky pants ——– and spilled food —- and — oh well – it is worth it all!!!! Congrats!

  12. bubli May 10th, 2012

    Congrats! I am sure it is going to be wonderful! Enjoy the time bonding and sleeping. Your readers aren’t going anywhere.

  13. Canadian, curious about adoption July 17th, 2012

    Congratulations! Wonderful news – and love your recent baby-themed posts.

    Have you considered writing a post about adoption agencies, adoption costs, and how to navigate that world so that one can have a snuggly baby without having to re-mortgage the house (is that possible)?

    My DH and I may be going down this route, your perspective would be a breath of fresh air.

  14. Kim M January 8th, 2013

    Hi Kerry,
    Though late, I just wanted to wish you and your new family congratulations!
    Your story sounds like mine, as I was born on January 28th weighing 4lbs, 10oz, and adoptive 5 months later by my parents.
    Every year on my birthday and adoptive day I take time to thank both my mothers for everything they have given me, and the sacrifices they have made.

    I saw this quote, and it spoke to me, and thought I may share it with you, if you haven`t already heard it.

    I didn’t give you the gift of life,
    But in my heart I know
    The love I feel is as deep and real
    as if it had been so.

    For us to have each other
    is like a dream come true!
    No, I didn’t give you the gift of life,
    Life gave me the gift of you.

    Author Unknown

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