Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It's A Boy!

We found out today that Murphy has a little brother, Jack Mateo!! Jack was born May 13 in Bogota, Colombia, and we can't wait to get down there and show him some love! We'll have to wait a little while, as the next steps in the process take about six weeks, so we're hoping to be there at the end of September. Bettina called us around 12:30 today and we stuck it out at work until 2:00, when we went home to look over all of the paperwork. He is a very healthy baby, had bronchitis and spent some time in the hospital, but has been healthy ever since. He was 6 pounds, 8 ounces at birth and was 19 inches long. We signed all of our papers and will send them in tomorrow. After Murphy got home we showed her the picture and she asked who he was. Rob told her "That's your baby brother" and she got a huge smile on her face. She has been preparing for this ever since she was 18 months old and got her first baby for Christmas. I'm sure we'll have some adjustment issues; she's been an only child for four years. I would say it's to be expected. So then we went over to Rob's parents' house and then to my mom and dad's. We lose cell phone service once we get north of Aberdeen so once we left Hecla, it took us a while before we could call our siblings. We got that done and then sent a text to my nieces and nephews. I have some texts ready to go for tomorrow morning as well as an email to go out. But we want to tell people at work first. Then we're ready for the whole world to know!

We had a clue last week that we were this close. Last Monday, August 1, we got an email from Bettina to update some of our documents. I'll have the last one tomorrow. Then they'll all be sent to the secretary of state for the notaries to be notarized. Then down to Colombia for our dossier. We are also waiting on our fingerprint appointment for the USCIS extenstion. We are going to go to the office in Sioux Falls and see if they will fingerprint us without an appointment. I'm hopeful they will, but won't be surprised if they don't.

It's been three years and two months since we started this process. We moved pretty slow in the beginning. We really weren't ready back then anyway. Then in December, we thought it could be any day. Any day turned into eight months. And the longer time went on, the more impatient we got. It was just so hard to explain to a little girl why we STILL don't have a baby brother or sister. (Hard for 38 and 40 year old's, too.) We knew there wasn't one thing anyone could do about it. Our baby just wasn't ready. And now he is. So, so, so worth the wait. We knew it would be but waiting is always hard. 

We are keeping Jack's birth parents in our prayers. We don't know how they are feeling right now and hope they are finding peace with their decisions. We pray this for Murphy's birth parents as well. It's been four years since they were at this stage and from we know about Murphy's birth mother, we expect that Murphy is never far from her heart. We will never be able to tell them how much we appreciate what they have done for us.

Hopefully I'll be better about posting. I'll have a lot to talk about! Thanks for being a part of this journey. We are so, so blessed. 


Christy said...

I am so happy for all three of you!! Can't wait to see you guys and to hear all about it!!! Murphy is going to be a great big sister!!! We already know that you two are great parents!!

Nancy Blume and gang said...

oh, back to diapers, bottles and dragging a ton of stuff everywhere with you. I'm sure you can not wait! Congratulations, it is wonderful news!

Jon Kopka said...

Congrats Rob & Dana!

(met you at an LSS meeting last year and know you indirectly through the Willrett's)

Excited that your wait is soon over and can't wait to follow your journey!

(Jon (& Patsy) Kopka, Will, Jake, & Gabby - Sartell, MN)

The Jaenischs said...

Congratulations!!! Couldn't be happier for you guys...and we LOVE the name!!! :0) Can't wait to follow your journey!
Brian, Mary, Lauren, Ben & Jack Jaenisch

Peg Kusser said...

So happy for the 3 of you. Can't wait to meet Murphy's baby brother at wrestling next year. Have a safe and wonderful trip to meet your new son.
Peg & Joey Kusser

Deb S. said...

That's awesome you guys! Doesn't seem like its been that long since we were in Colombia with you when you were adopting Murphy! How exciting :)

Best of Luck for a speedy court date!

Deb & Dan Springman

Tiffany Wiggs said...

Rob, Dana, & Murphy:
This is so exciting to hear & my family & I could not be happier for you!!! I just read your journey to get Murphy the other day & just cannot be any happier for you all. I will pray, pray, pray that this journey will go smoothly without any problems and go fast for you. I am not a patient person so cannot imagine how you all feel having to wait for your precious boy. I cannot wait to read all about it on this blog so Dana I hope you can find the time to write about it.
Tiff Wiggs & family

Megan said...

Woo Hoo! Many congratulations to you and your newest member of the family! Just found your blog today and we are thrilled for you! We have similar families - we have a 4 year old and are waiting on next addition to the family from Colombia ;) Excited to follow your journey and celebrate with you!