So I think you can be told over and over and over again what it will be like to have a newborn. But none of that will sink in until it happens to you! After we left the agency and started to drive back to the hotel it started to sink in the we had been given the much anticipated opportunity to be PARENTS! Over the last 6 days we have experienced all the firsts.... First feeding, diaper change, change of clothes, being puked on, peed on, and first middle of the night feeding. I had no idea all of these things would EVER happen for us and we have enjoyed every single one.
I forgot to mention in the previous posting about Abigail's stats... She was born February 14, 2011 at 8:42pm. Thats right this Hart baby was born on the national day of love! She weighed 7lbs 4oz and was 19 inches long. Her APGAR scores 8 and 9. We found out at our first peds visits that she was a preemie at only 34.6 weeks gestational age! She spent no time in the NICU and was given a clean bill of health from the Doctor and clearance to fly home to Idaho.
We got good news this morning our interstate compact ICPC was cleared!!!! This means that we are allowed to take her out of Texas home! This is huge for us and was so exciting to us. We have been anticipating our travel home all week and are so excited to get her home to meet our families and friends that are so anxious to welcome her. She has no idea yet how much love is awaiting her.
She is just a miracle! We are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to be parents and will NEVER take that gift for granted! We will be traveling home Saturday and Sunday with a small lay over in Seattle Saturday night (Grandma List is SUPER excited about this!).
I would just like to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU for all the support we have been given. It has been really hard to be away from home at such a time as this. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. We never thought this time of life would come and I think we forgot that our infertility and adoption process affected not only us but so many others. It brings tears to my eyes to think of everything we have been through to get to this point. Thank you thank you thank you for your love and support. We couldn't have ever gotten through it without.