Monday, July 21, 2014

Welcome Madison Jo

I have waited so long and dreamed time and time again about the day that I would get to write this post announcing our daughter to the world! I still cannot believe that I'm finally posting this story...

My last post described the craziness that we experienced in the weeks leading up to our daughter's birth. After arriving back home to Illinois from our second 'dry run' trip to Florida on July 10, Jarrod and I went back to work and prayed for a few days at home to settle down. On Monday night I received a call that our birth parents had checked themselves out of the hospital that they had been in for over 2 weeks and were headed down to a more recognized hospital in the area. Within an hour of being admitted to the new hospital the doctor was speaking of breaking our birth mama's water to get the baby out. I went to bed that night anxious for news in the morning. At 7:18 a.m. EST on July 15, 2014, our daughter, Madison Jo, was born, precious as can be weighing 5 lbs. 8 oz. and 18.5 inches long. Jarrod and I chose her first name, Madison, because of its meaning, which is "Gift of God" because she truly is the precious gift that, through many details, could only have come from the Lord (& fittingly, we are also Wisconsin Badgers fans: On Wisconsin! She'll be rocking that red and white very soon!). Her birth parents chose her middle name, Jo, which means "God is gracious," and is also her birth mom's middle name.

After hearing that our daughter had officially arrived, we booked a flight to leave that night and the next morning we met our daughter for the first time. She was beautiful and as tiny as can be! We spent all day loving on her, cuddling with her and continuing to bond with her birth parents (& I think I cried about 100 times). It truly was a beautiful 24 hours to have all of our little girl's moms and dads loving on her together.

On Thursday, July 17, her birth parents signed the papers and we signed ours, making Madison irrevocably ours. Hallelujah! It was the most surreal moment of this experience. While we sat in a waiting room rejoicing over the fact that this tiny little miracle was ours forever, her birth parents were experiencing some of the most pain that they will ever experience. Adoption is such a beautiful thing, yet it's so bitter sweet... As soon as Madison was placed in my arms after the papers were signed, with no chance of the adoption collapsing, I couldn't contain the tears. This gorgeous little lady was ours...I was her mommy! Jarrod was her daddy! The roller coaster was over and we had finally reached the most important milestone in our adoption journey! Never again would this family be separated!

For the past six days we've hung out with our little pumpkin in the pediatric unit of the hospital while the medical staff monitored a few things. Miraculously, Madison has done extremely well and we are scheduled to be discharged tomorrow morning!! Then we will settle back down with her again at a condo while we wait for the states of Florida and Illinois to clear us to travel across state lines with her. (This usually takes about 5-10 business days.)

We are amazed at the tiny blessing that fills our arms each day now and are amazed at what God has brought us through and taught us in this journey to the child that was destined to be ours. It still seems strange to know that we are now a mommy and a daddy - something we waited so very long for!

Thank you for praying with us and celebrating with us as we welcome Madison into our family! We cannot wait to get home and introduce our little beauty to you! In the meantime, we will continue to post updates during nap times! Praise God...He has blessed us so greatly and we cannot thank Him enough for His faithfulness to us and little Madison!

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