Next Steps

Posted by on 29 Dec 2009 | Tagged as: Adoption, my life.

So with an inter-state adoption like this one, we cannot take the baby across state lines until we have the approval of both the State of Florida and the State of Indiana. This process will take about a week, maybe a little longer. If we would happen to cross state lines, we would technically be committing federal child trafficking.

Emily and I checked into our new hotel this afternoon. It is SO MUCH BETTER than the old hotel. The room is twice as large as out old one, has a couch, fridge, stove, sink and a microwave. Oh, and it has running water!

Tonight I went shopping and picked up some food so we can eat here at the hotel instead of having to eat crappy bad-for-you fast food twice a day.

We took Raegan to her first post-hospital check-up at a local pediatrician office. She passed everything with flying colors. We have a very healthy little baby girl. She is still very tiny, but is eating a healthy amount every 3 hours like clockwork, so that’s great. Raegan does prefer to be held when she sleeps, and she tends to be fussy when we let her sleep in her pack-and-play bassinet.

Thanks everybody for your words of encouragement. We look forward to getting the approvals to come back to Indiana so you can all meet the most wonderful little girl ever! I am such a proud daddy!

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10 Responses to “Next Steps”

  1. on 29 Dec 2009 at 10:34 pm 1.Lowell King said …

    Congratulations Dad and Mom. What a neat experience. We hope you have a safe and uneventful trip home. Our best wishes and prayers are with you.

    Lowell & Yvonne

  2. on 29 Dec 2009 at 11:20 pm 2.Jan Coleman said …

    Nathan & Emily,

    I am so happy for you and she is just beautiful. I guess God had a different plan, and it was just a matter of waiting.

    You will be wonderful wonderful parents!! Lucky little girl.

    Aunt Jan

  3. on 29 Dec 2009 at 11:25 pm 3.Jenny said …

    Congratulations guys!!! I can tell how small Raegan is in the picture of Nathan holding her! Both my kids liked to be held as newborns when they slept too, and I’m glad I did hold them because they grow out of that too fast. Those are great experiences to always remember :)

    We are back at home now and are so excited to see you and meet Raegan soon!
    Love,
    Josh & Jenny

  4. on 29 Dec 2009 at 11:37 pm 4.Aunt Diann said …

    Welcome Raegan Elizabeth! What a beautiful name and what a beautiful child! I check your page daily to hope to get to see more pictures. Can’t get enough!! She is so perfect! She is a mightly lucky little one to be sure! What wonderful parents you will be! So glad you have a better motel. Don’t suffer too much down there in the warm climate of Miami! Ha Have you tried swaddling tightly so she MIGHT sleep in her bassinet? I suppose so…Oh well,lots of fun to hold and bond too. Looking forward to your return and meeting the new member of the family! Congratulations to all!!
    Lv, Aunt Diann

  5. on 30 Dec 2009 at 12:59 am 5.Rachel Martinez said …

    Congratulations Nathan and Emily!! What an experience haha!! I love the comment your dad made! Quit complaining… ha!
    Man but what a blessing your gorgeous baby girl is. You’re parents! Well done! Get home soon so she can have her first night in her new home :-)
    oh p.s- yes boppy pillows rock and swaddling is awesome too. Babies love to be swaddled.

  6. on 30 Dec 2009 at 1:04 am 6.Kelly said …

    You have every right to be a proud daddy!

    I was so excited when I first heard the news last night that I had actually had a dream about the three of you! :)

    Glad you’ve found a more comfortable place to enjoy your baby girl. I can’t wait to meet her!

  7. on 30 Dec 2009 at 9:10 am 7.Bethany said …

    Holding them when they sleep is such an awesome experience, but if you do it for too long and you don’t get sleep, then you will get so worn down really fast. You can only go so long without sleep. Some nights when Brennan wanted to be held, I would lay him in his crib in his boppy pillow and prop him up all around with blankets. He felt like he was being held and he slept in his bed. Just a thought. :)
    Glad to hear you are in a better place to stay. Take naps whenever you can. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of visitors as soon as you get back to Indiana.
    Love you guys!

  8. on 30 Dec 2009 at 9:53 am 8.Abby Houser said …

    I just heard the news…CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so incredibly happy for the two of you. Raegan will be so well-loved!

  9. on 30 Dec 2009 at 2:33 pm 9.Aunt Loretta said …

    Dear Nathan and Emily,
    Your first night with Raegan brought tears of joy to my eyes. These are priceless, unforgettable memories! Take lots of pics. She will grow so quickly soon you will be wondering how your tiny little girl could grow and change so much in such a short time. We are enjoying each pic. you post. Thanks so much for taking time from your busy new life with Raegan to share pics and your thoughts. We are so happy for you and hold you close in our thoughts and prayers during this most wonderful time.
    Lovingly, Aunt Loretta and family

  10. on 01 Jan 2010 at 8:33 am 10.Janet Bontrager said …

    Thanks for all the new pictures. You two look so happy and Raegan is so cute. I used to buy diapers at Costco and saved a bundle. But, I don’t think they carry her size! I’m praying for you all. I’m glad you have a better hotel room too.

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