Less Than Three Weeks

Posted by on 24 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: Adoption

Emily and I are getting more excited every day for the baby.
We have been busy preparing the nursery and have almost everything in place and in order. Emily had a surprise baby shower at work yesterday. She came home and showed me all the wonderful things her coworkers had given her and she was so incredibly happy. I really enjoyed seeing her so happy.

We’ve also been reading some books to help us prepare for the transition as adoptive parents. I’m about halfway through the book Black Baby, White Hands, which is a memoir of an African-American baby who was adopted by a white family in 1968 (the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated). The author is very candid about how he viewed race as he was growing up and has given me a lot of insight into how my African-American son is going to view race as he grows up, too.

Emily and I had the opportunity to talk with the birth mother over the phone about a week ago. It was a really great conversation. The birth mother gave us some insight into why she is giving her baby up for adoption and also as to why she chose us as adoptive parents. We also talked about the snow up here in Indiana–she’s in Florida, so she’s never seen snow before. She was excited the baby would get to experience playing in the snow and making snowmen.
This phone conversation did take the place of us actually flying down and meeting the birth mother before the baby is born. The reality of meeting us in person before the birth was just too overwhelming for her, which is common in an adoption.

The due date is less than three weeks away at this point. Exciting!

4 Responses to “Less Than Three Weeks”

  1. on 24 Oct 2009 at 1:22 pm 1.Seeber said …

    What an adventure Nathan. I will pray with you and Am that it all goes smooth.

  2. on 24 Oct 2009 at 6:43 pm 2.marvin said …

    God bless!

  3. on 01 Nov 2009 at 11:23 pm 3.Joe @ IrrationalDad said …

    It’s sad that the birth-mother has found herself in a position of giving a child up for adoption, but it’s also tremendously great that there are people out there, like you and Emily, who can open your hearts and home up, and adopt a child as your own.

    You’re going to love it. It gets better and better everyday.

  4. on 02 Nov 2009 at 11:42 pm 4.Tara Lilly said …

    Nathan and Emily:
    I will never forget the loving women at DeKalb Council on Pregnancy (they all go to our church, we’re so blessed!!) that counseled me as I found myself pregnant unexpectedly. I did consider adoption for a time and watched videos about adoption and prayed for a long time about it. It is a beautiful sacrifice for a person to make. I made my decision as God provided the answer to me that he had plans for me to raise my baby, though I didn’t know how that could happen. Every weekend 9 year-old Tristan runs around New Hope for everyone to see that God does miracles! He has a plan and purpose for every child and he will provide a home for them. Because I have this perspective I am praying for your birthmom that she will follow in God’s will for her and the child, whatever that may be, and that God will prepare your hearts for the adventure ahead!

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