So in my last post I commented on waiting and different situations that had been or could be brought to us. I made that comment because between the first two weeks of June, three situations had been brought to us by adoption friends!
1) On June 5th we received a phone call by a lawyer in Tampa who did placements with a few adoption friends in the past. She received our information from a friend and wondered if we were interested in having our profile shown to a Birthmom with a 3 week old African American Baby girl. We whipped up a profile to get her and the Birthmom was interested in meeting us. The meeting was set up for Saturday June 16th.
2) On June 8th we received a phone call from a friend in Orlando who was contacted about a stork drop bi-racial girl in Port St. Lucie. She had been born that day and the social worker was looking for profiles to shown the Birth family. We called on that situation and decided not to send anything because it was too much financially
3) On June 12 we received an email and a phone call within minutes of each other from adoption friends who heard about a situation in Jacksonville. They thought we sounded like the family for this baby-- a 5 week old African American baby girl. We read through the information and decided to send in their profile paperwork. We knew we had a meeting set up with the Birthmom in Tampa on the 16th but also knew that the deadline for the profile for the Jacksonville situation was Monday the 18th and Birthmom would choose the family on Tuesday the 19th. We figured if it worked out with the Tampa Birthmom we'd call the Jacksonville lawyer and withdraw our profile.
June 16th came and the Tampa lawyer called and apologized but said the Birthmom had not returned her calls since Tuesday so she's let us know if she heard from her. She said it was not a good sign for us.
So we still had a chance at the Jacksonville situation. We told the Tampa lawyer about it and said we'd let her know how that turns out.
I contacted the lawyer on Monday June 18th to be sure they received our paperwork: A four page typed profile questionaire and 3 (yes, he only allows 3) family pictures. He replied that he did receive it and also told me that they had received 20 profiles for this situation (ugh). He said that the meeting with the Birthmom to look at the profiles was scheduled for 1pm on Tuesday and we would receive and email (not chosen) or phone call (chosen) as soon as she decided on her family and he did not know how long that would take.
Tuesday June 19th came-- I tried sooo hard to stay busy all day. I was so excited to just know-- yes or no. I was nervous all afternoon and kept refreshing my email to be sure I didn't miss the "I'm sorry you have not been chosen" email. 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm.... by 5 pm I emailed him and asked if she made it to the appointment and if I had missed his email. 6 pm we are getting ready to all sit down for dinner and my phone rings... OMG it's a Jacksonville number-- OMG OMG.... breathe..... Hello... the lawyer asks if this is a good time to talk (no not really I'm thinking-- I just left three kids at the table with plates of food-- who knows what will happen) Oh yes- yes, I reply. He asked if my husband is there and I call Chris into our bedroom, close the door (hoping the kids don't destroy the kitchen or feed all their food to the dog for the moment). He then tells us the Birthmom chose us!!!!!!!! She had narrowed down her choices to 6 in the early afternoon and then took the 6 home to her 6 and 8 year old children to have them help her make the final selection. They were unanimous on us!!!!! He then replied that he would like us to come up Wednesday morning around 11:30 and if everything goes well and she likes us in person and we like her then placement could happen Wednesday or Thursday. YAHOOOOO!!!!!! And I breakdown in tears of gratitude....
Stay Tuned for Part 2