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I hated every minute of the wait but waiting was important. The 14 months of disappointments made us stronger. It made the end result that much more meaningful. We set out to be parents but learned so many life lessons along the way. We don't look at the world as we did before this journey began. This experience has changed us... for the better!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
I have posted this photo with Liza's permission. We have a full open adoption. Our goal is to stay in touch with Liza and include her in the events that shape Brase's life. She is the only Mommy Brase will ever have. Liza is a very special woman and we will be forever thankful to her.
Entry #1 Friday, November 13, 2009 We met our Birthmother Friday, November 13, 2009. It was a short quick meeting at our adoption agency's office. The Agency's Director facilitated the meeting which took all of 20 minutes. We signed contracts and handled the formalities at hand. Afterwords, we drove Liza (our Birthmother) home.
Entry #2 Saturday, November 21, 2009 It was a date! We took Liza and Myles (her boyfriend) to dinner. We had a wonderful 3 hour meal at a local Italian restaurant. They were charming, graceful and funny. We felt at ease and comfortable with each other. Our discussion focused around music, special interests, favorite things, and future goals. We discussed our desire to have ongoing contact with them and our child's other siblings. It was a wonderful evening to remember.
Entry #3 Thursday, November 26, 2009 Happy Thanksgiving!!
We spoke to Liza over the Thanksgiving holiday. We made plans to get together in about a week. We'll see a movie or do something festive. Liza also invited us to her next doctor appoint on December 8th. Things are going well and we're due in 38 days!
Entry #4 Monday, November 30, 2009 Spoke with Liza via phone. She got back from her Thanksgiving get away and is getting settled back into her apartment. Made a date to get together this Saturday. She wants to get highlights in her hair. We also discussed going to a movie. Everything is going well. Today she is 35 weeks pregnant.
Entry #5 Saturday, December 5, 2009 Liza and I enjoyed the luxuries of a spa day while Jose' and Myles watched football. We ended the day with a meal at a local Vietnamese restaurant. All went well and we all enjoy our time together.
Entry #6 Tuesday, December 8, 2009 I attended Liza's doctor visit. She was officially 36 weeks and 1 day pregnant. We were surprised that she had dilated 3 centimeters. She is beginning to feel discomfort as the baby is in position. This baby will certainly deliver before the January 4th due date! We have another doctor appointment next Tuesday, if she does not deliver sooner. After the appointment, I took Liza to register at the hospital. We also did a little shopping and got a bite to eat. We had a lot of time to talk and bond with one another.
Entry #7 Sunday, December 13, 2009 Today, Jose and I spent some quality time with Liza. Since it is near Christmas, we found an outdoor holiday market complete with ice skaters, hot chocolate and vendor booths. We has a great day together and finished the evening off with a spicy Mexican meal.
Entry #8 Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I went with Liza to her weekly doctor's appointment. She is officially 37 weeks and 1 day pregnant. That is still 20 day from her delivery date. The doctor assured us that she will never make it to January 4th. He thinks we are going to have a Christmas baby. Oh my goodness... that is next week!
Entry #9 Saturday, December 19, 2009 Liza and I enjoyed another day of beauty. Her hair was colored and cut at a great little mini spa/salon. We both got manicures and pedicures. It was a wonderful day of bonding.
Jose and I also took Liza and Myles out for Mexican food. After dinner we surprised them with a Christmas tree, stockings and a some old fashion holiday cheer. They are both so sweet and appreciative. We truly hope they continue to stay close with us after the baby arrives.
Entry #10 Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Jose and I attended another doctors appoint. Ms. L is officially 38 weeks and 1 day pregnant. She is dilated to 4 centimeters and is having "mild" contractions. The doctor sent her home and scheduled her delivery on December 29th. The doctor stated, "I am scheduling her delivery but I will probably see her sooner." I think we are going to have a Christmas baby. Our social worker thinks we should name him Jesus. After the appointment we drove Liza and Myles to her Mother's home for Christmas. We also got to meet her Mom. Great day!
Entry #11 Friday, December 25, 2009 - Christmas Day Jose and I picked up Liza and Myles from her Mother's house. We spent the day together and enjoyed a home cooked meal at our house. We had a joyous time and special Christmas with our new family.
Entry # 12 Tuesday, December 29,2009 Liza's doctor is out of the country. She had a stress test and baby is doing well. Lots of movement in the womb! The nurse sent us home. So... no baby today. We tried to jump start things with a spicy meal after words and a walk around the Galleria. We will see what happens.
Entry#13 Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 12:15 AM We just got a call from Liza. Looks like this is it! We are off to the hospital. We are praying for a safe delivery.
Entry #14 Wednesday, December 30,2009 - 9:51 AM Our little boy, Karlan Brase, has arrived. He weighed in at 6 lbs. 13 oz. and 18 in. long. Liza had a easy deliver and quick birth. Brase made it into the world with just one push!
Foot Note: We had daily contact with Liza in person and via phone. Jose and I feel fortunate to have found a wonderful birthmother. We cherish our relationship with her and Myles.