Thursday, 25 August 2016

The first two weeks

The first two weeks with Jeb have flown by. It has been a mix of absolutely wonderful and at the same time terrifying.
J is just gorgeous. He is a happy and placid one year old, who generally sleeps well, and is very playful. He has his moments as most one year olds do, particularly tonight when he decided to scream for two hours instead of going to sleep, and then I tried rocking the chair in a different way and bang - lights out, he is asleep!
I'm in the process of setting up a new private blog where I can share more about J, but to be honest, I am not finding a lot of spare time! This parenting business is exhausting!!!
I feel incredibly lucky to have this little man as our son. It is just amazing.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Our little boy - the first few days

Jeb came home to us on Friday and things have been going great. He is such a happy little boy, and while it will take time to fully bond, I feel like he is starting to build that connection with us.

I'm not really comfortable sharing the nitty gritty in this space, so I am thinking of setting up a private blog instead. Adoption has a lot of stuff that goes with it, and it's not the sort of thing I want random people finding (it was fine when it was my ovaries, but our son is a person and will one day be able to read all of this).

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Our little boy Jeb

There is so much I want to say about our son. OUR SON. Can you believe that?
I am heavily restricted by what I can write as the adoption isn't formalised until we apply to the courts, a minimum of 6 months after placement.
I can't give his full name or his birthday, and I can't share any photos of him. It's tough but I understand the need to - while we live in a major city, Perth is such a small place that it wouldn't be fair to put all of that out there when it can get back to his birth family and be upsetting for them.
So for the moment it is just for a small circle of friends.

What I can tell you:
I got the call on Friday July 29th saying that there was a baby for us. I broke down and cried and cried and then cried some more.
We went straight to the agency to find out more information about him and his situation.
He will have some special care needs, and we were chosen through our special needs approval.
We were given the weekend to make a decision (we rang first thing Monday morning to say YES!)
We got to meet him for the first time on Monday August 1st, and he was perfect in every way.
Murray is completely besotted with him.
So far we have had four visits and I will be visiting him again this afternoon.
I am on parental leave for the next 12 months!
My girlfriends through me the most amazing baby shower on the weekend, which was very special.

And with that, I am off to visit my son!

The best kind of news

'If God wills it'

Never a truer word spoken.

We have been chosen to parent a 12 month old boy named Jeb.

I have never been happier in my life.

More to come, promise.