Friday, August 24, 2007

It's a boy!!!

Hey everyone. We were just notified today that we were chosen to adopt a baby boy due in November, although he will be born by c-section around the end of October. Words can not even express how happy we are! We are so grateful for all of you who have supported us during this crazy time. We know that many prayers, fasting, and good thoughts have come our way lately and we are SO GRATEFUL for all of you. We feel so blessed to have such a wonderful support system.

We feel that this baby is truly a miracle in our lives and evidence that everything happens for a purpose. As many of you know, we were chosen for a baby that was born on July 22 in Utah. We didn't know if the baby was a boy or girl until she was born. Before we went to Utah for her birth, we went to the temple to seek guidance. Tirsa felt strongly in the temple that the baby was a boy. When we got to Utah, the baby was born, and she was a girl. Not only were we surprised to find out her sex, but she was supposed to be born with multiple problems, none of which she had. We were thrilled at the possibility of adopting her but her birthmom decided to parent her herself. We were heartbroken and confused at our strong answer in the temple. We returned home just a month ago with empty arms and heavy hearts. But, 2 days after getting home, we were asked if we wanted our profile to be shown to a prospective birthmom here in Colorado. The baby was a boy and he was diagnosed with gastroschisis, which is like a hernia near the umbilical cord that allows a portion of intestine to protrude through the baby's abdomen. We were told that the prognosis for this condition was good. We said to absolutely show her our profile and that we were interested. Later, we found out that she was considering 4 families, so we figured our odds were 25% to get this baby. A week later, we learned that a birthmom in Ohio was pregnant with a baby girl and she was considering placing the child with us or another family. 50% chance of getting that child. We were thrilled to know that 2 birthmoms were considering us at once, since we really haven't had any other possibilities in the past two years. Well, we found out last week that the Ohio birthmom chose the other family. So, we went from a 100% chance of getting a baby girl, to a 50% chance of getting another baby girl, to a 25% chance of getting a baby boy and wouldn't you know it, the odds were against us and this is the child we were chosen for. We are so happy!!!

We know that he will have a surgery right when he is born to correct his intestinal condition. We hope you will continue to pray for him, us, and his angel birthmom. We don't know her yet but we already love her so much. A sacrifice like hers is tremendous and we are so grateful there are women in this world like her and like Bella's birthmom. Because through them, we receive our greatest blessings and joy. We'll keep you updated as we know more.

11 comments:

Steve and Kelli Fam said...

Hey, I already posted a comment on the "Allen Files" our big family website, but again congrats. I'm already trying to figure out how and when I can get out there to meet him. Get ready for some hand me downs!

Jen said...

I am reading this email, and I can't stop smiling!!! I am sooo happy for your family. I guess this means your Dec. trip will need to be placed on hold. I couldn't be happier for you. You have waited so long and deserve this baby. YEAH!!!!!

Heather said...

Tirsa I am so excited for you!!!! I can't stop grinning and quite honestly I am holding back the tears. I just voted this morning that I thought you would get a boy. Know my prayers are with you and this baby to come. I'm sure you will have challenges with his condition, but no one is better suited to handle and love that sweet baby!

Melissa said...

Wonderful news, Tirsa! I'm so happy for you! What a great blessing. Keep me posted!

Jon & Tara said...

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS! (I was going to say: you guys have been waiting too long...but we BOTH know that you wait just until the child that is meant for YOUR family is born.) I will pray that everything goes good (in all aspects)! I was choked up just reading it because I'm so happy for your guys! Congrats!

Corazon said...

Congrats! Bet you are ESPECIALLY excited for all the sleepless nights to come!

Brad Hart

Dina said...

How exciting!!! Congrats on the new arrival...it makes the wait all worth while doesn't it? Yeah, Yippee and Wahoo!!!

CnLAland said...

Congrats! That baby is already one of the luckiest babies in the world to get you two as parents! Bella will be a wonderful big sister as well!! We are so happy for you guys!! :)

AshbyFamily said...

Yeah and Congratulations! Please keep us posted as to how things go. We are so happy for you guys!

Sunderland AFC Blog said...

Just to let all your visitors know that i run a dedicated website concentrating on the Gastroschisis condition with resources and support.

Thanks

Dean
http://www.gastroschisis.co.uk

Julie said...

I am so excited for you. What a blessing and miracle!!