Last Thursday, I was at work and for awhile now I have been stressing about what to do if my adoption phone rang at work. I work 12 hr shifts at a hospital and we aren’t supposed to have our cell phones out. We all carry our phones in our pockets or have them available in case someone needs us or we need to use them on break. Well, that is fine and all, but I was getting nervous that I would miss when the adoption phone rang and then, because obviously I would pick it up when it rang, who cares if I got in trouble. But I figured it would be better just to tell my mgr so she would be ok with it if it did. So, anyhow, my manager was fine with that. So I put my normal cellphone in my locker and replaced it with the adoption phone. (They are both Blackberry smartphones, so they are too big and bulky for me to be carrying both of them around along with all the other stuff I jam in my pockets so I can work during the day.) With the adoption phone in my pocket I went on my merry way. Well, not even 2 hrs later it rang. And it was loud. I was fumbling in my pocket, trying to grab it in time. I answered and said, “Hello.” There was no response. I said “Hello” again. Then, an automated telemarketing thing came on the phone. I immediately hung up. I was so mad. I thought, “How did they get my number?” It was crazy. I just started laughing. I also thought, “Are you kidding me?” Some stupid telemarketers have my number, now I will have to run and answer this phone a million times only to have it be a telemarketer. I wasn’t going to stand for that. I immediately put the phone number on the “do not call” list, and so hopefully that should do the trick.
Well, I went about my day, and no other phone calls came in on that line. At the end of the day I went to my locker to grab my stuff to go home. I looked at my normal cellphone and saw that I had received a call from our adoption social worker. I thought: “Dang it, how did I miss this call?” The voice mail he left was short, sweet, and boring. Which didn’t help at all. The office was closed, so I couldn’t call him back. I just could not believe it. I had carried the wrong phone all day.
I got home, and decided to see if our social worker had left me an email that might give me a little more information about why he had called. He did. Want to know what it said?
Maybe I’ll tell you tomorrow.
Drum roll please...
He said our profile has been chosen!
We will be adopting a baby boy in October!
Can you believe it? It is so awesome. We are so excited.
I have been overcome with such happiness and joy.
Now the disclaimer my husband requested I write, even though I told him you all know this. He wants you to know it's not for sure. The birthparents can change their mind at any time until papers are officially signed.
I know the bottom can drop out at any moment in this process, but I am not going to let that spoil my excitement. If it drops it drops. And then I'll be sad. My husband is also super happy too, I am not try to say he isn't. This is can be scary and emotional process. But I am going to throw caution to the wind and be happy and celebrate this exciting news.
We haven't met the birthparents yet, but hopefully we will soon. I am a little nervous about that. I just went and got my hair cut and dyed so when we do I will look presentable.
My mind has been racing a mile a minute since we heard the news. There is so much I want to remember about these first few days of complete joy. It has been so fun to call and tell people from close friends and family to random people like my hairdresser about our news. And I am so glad I could share this exciting news with all of you as well.
For those of you that are not in a happy place in this adoption/loss/infertility world, my heart goes out to you. I know how difficult it can be to hear someone else's glowing report of how wonderful life is for them as they get ready to welcome a baby into their home. Please know that I am aware of you and hope that you can find peace and that your hopes of bringing children into your home will be realized soon.