A mom (we’ll call her Natalie) contacted me a few months back. This almost-adoptive mom and I had never spoken before. When I answered the phone, she was sobbing. It took a few moments to understand who was calling and why. This mom was at her wit’s end. She said, “Rachel, I don’t know you… Continue reading when you choose to send a child back . . .
Hannah is super close to coming home. She passed her car seat challenge, feeding tube test, hearing test, and she’s had no apnea while resting for over a week. We have her one week doctor check scheduled, her next ROP exam at her eye doctor scheduled, and she’s had her first vaccination. We WERE tentatively… Continue reading so close
and the injections begin
Just under three weeks until we transfer a hoped for little mccracken. Step 1. birth control, check Step 2. six days of Lupron injections and start a daily dose of Dexamethasone, check Step 3. 13 days of Ganirelix injections, starting tomorrow Other awesome pokes and pills to look forward to: Follastim injections, HCG injection, Folic… Continue reading and the injections begin
…Gaven, desperately! 2176
ivf…the cheap plan :)
We just paid our non-refundable deposit for IVF…August Cycle. For those considering in-vitro, or wanting to compare their plan, here is our breakdown… Deposit: $2000 Remainder: $7580 (due by Cycle Day 1) Fertility drug protocol: $3750 Fluid ultrasound: $850 Initial consult: $250 Anesthesiologist: &450 Frozen embryo storage: $1000/year Plus, a $50 co-pay each time I… Continue reading ivf…the cheap plan 🙂
why IVF…why now?
After all this time? With all the children who need homes, why are we going back to square one? Why are we spending money on a procedure that we shunned six years ago; a procedure that only has a 40% success rate? The answer is simple: a baby! It has nothing to do with DNA… Continue reading why IVF…why now?
that darn root…jealousy
It happened today. I have been waiting for this moment, and it finally arrived. You know, that feeling of utter helplessness, as if time has stopped right in front of you while the world around you keeps swirling and twirling? And no matter how hard you try you cannot make it stop? I thought I might not feel… Continue reading that darn root…jealousy
my first winter break………
…………as a new mom of four!!! 🙂 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOpfkzyyDCo disclaimer for video 1: I was talking to Adam on the phone, hence the narration… httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0dXcRgM33Q httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0aS_GYfnxo We made it through, and we had lots of fun in the process. All I can say is that Christmas break was way better than our first five weeks for obvious… Continue reading my first winter break………
day eight–desperately seeking family
813Look at those eyes!!! Isn’t she gorgeous? Our second day together was spent looking at, signing papers for, and getting ready to move into an apartment. It was a very long day for all of, and the children kept begging to go back to la casa. They didn’t understand what was going on, and we… Continue reading day eight–desperately seeking family
day seven–pure joy
Well, you have already seen the pics we have from picking the children up, but I wanted to sketch out the events of the day for their lifebooks. Dear Little Ones, When daddy and I woke up on the morning of 5 August 2008 we knew that our lives and yours would change forever, and we were… Continue reading day seven–pure joy