Meet my daughter

31 03 2009

Meet ____________ The light of my life. The miracle of all miracles. The answer to all of my prayers, all my dreams. (I will erase her name in a few days and she will henceforth be refered to as ‘R’ – but I wanted to share it with you all because I love you all so much!!)

Her first jammies on the night my life truly began….

Our first feeding with our daughter….

Coming home

R and her big fur-brother watching over her (he is doing awesome with her!! Except he wants to eat her pacifier!!)

Things have been absolutely mad around here, as you can imagine. I’ll give the full story in time, but here is the shortened version.

Saturday at 1 pm we got THE CALL from SW about our little girl. She was born Thursday morning 4 weeks early and her birth parents(truly amazing people!) had chosen us(that morning). We met with them at 6pm and by 9pm they asked us to be her parents. The next morning (73 hours after her birth- 72 is min for AZ) the TRPs were signed and 23 hours after we learned she existed, our daughter was strapped in her brand new carseat in the backseat of our car as we drove her home!! Our neighbors were standing outside and flipped when they saw us pull a carseat out of our car….and then there was a steady stream of people (up to 18 ppl at once) coming to meet her all afternoon. We are so blessed.
This process is truly an amazing thing. One a few short days ago I was feeling very down in the dumps about adoption. The words that I read, the words I layed out and the feedback that I received from all of you is, what I believe, the last thing I needed before I was ready to be a mom to this girl (well, except for someone to come clean my house. Any takers?). I can’t tell you how much I used the info/advice/experience in this post to help build what I hope will be a solid, healthy, lifelong relationship with R’s birthparents.
It is funny though. On Sunday, I didn’t feel happy at all (I had only gotten about 2 minutes of good sleep Saturday). I mean, my head was happy, but it was so surreal. Even when she was in my arms, in my own home, I didn’t believe it. It was all so fast and there were so many people here!! It didn’t have time to sink in and I couldn’t process it all. She didn’t feel like my daughter quite yet (she is starting to now, more and more every day!).
When I told my work Monday morning, it finally hit me and I broke down crying. This is for real. This is what I have been waiting my whole life for. This is who I am.
So now we are bonding. Trying to spend as much time just staring at her as possible. Loving life, trying to soak it all and wrap our brains around this parenting.
We’ve had lots of firsts already, including our first trip to the ER (she is doing fine- upper respiratory infection, but we passed our first parenting test!). More about that later….
I am completely overwhelmed by the outpouring support!! In my heart I know this is truly meant to be and I am so thankful to have all of you along for the ride!




50 responses

31 03 2009
Mountain Girl

Congratulations! I love her name and she is beautiful! I cannot wait to hear more of her story.

31 03 2009

oh bri ~ I am SO happy for you!!! She is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE her name ~ Riley was on the top of my girl list during out wait. :)I know the first several days are so overwhelming….especially when it happens this fast! It wasn’t until about the 3rd week that I felt like I started REALLY getting the hang of things and feeling more comfortable with meeting his needs. :)You and your hubby look SO happy and you all make such a beautiful family! I can’t wait to hear more ~ but I know all too well what you are experiencing right now and I know there is minimal time! 🙂 I’m not sure where you are in the valley, but if you need anything please let me know! 🙂 At some point we should plan on meeting up! :)Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31 03 2009
Ashley Jene

I am so excited for you! What a little bundle of blessings!

31 03 2009

Soooo thrilled for you guys!!!

31 03 2009

She’s BEAUTIFUL, just like her Mama! 🙂 I love her name, the pictures, how fast it happened, the shock of the neighbors when you pulled a car seat out of backseat… wow. I’m sure it’s still sinking in – probably will be for at least a few weeks. I am truly so thrilled… I’ve been puttering around the house today, and your precious story has been in the back of my mind. Called my sister and hubby yesterday because I thought I would burst if I didn’t tell someone that your baby is home, home, HOME. So, SO happy for ya’ll!Love, S

31 03 2009
Maru and Fico

I’m so happy for you guys! Crying tears of joy while I write… God bless you! :o)

31 03 2009

WOO-HOO!!!! I am SOOO HAPPY HAPPY for you all, when I read todays blog and saw the pictures I had happy tears:) What a story, you all are truly blessed, and what a beautiful baby girl you have. CONGRATULATIONS and God Bless!!!!!

31 03 2009

what a beautiful name for a beautiful baby that is now part of an amazing family!!!! it’s real now!!! how completely amazing. i have been in such a fabulous mood for the past two days- simply overjoyed for you.

31 03 2009

She is perfect!!!!

31 03 2009

I just couldn’t be happier for you! Thank you for sharing her name (beautiful) and the photos. You are a beautiful family and I am absolutely thrilled for you that your miracle finally arrived! I was also thinking back over your last few posts and how fitting it was that you got all of that sorted out just before your daughter came into your life. Funny how things work out!

31 03 2009

OK so honestly there are just no words that fit my feelings about this situation. I am crying tears of joy for you, Bri…I can’t believe you are finally and at long last A MOM!!! She is absolutely beautiful, and her name is darling! Thanks for sharing the photos and information…as you know, I’ve been waiting! :)I am truly so happy for you and I’m glad things are going well, if a little crazily. I’m sure it will take some time before everything settles down again and you can begin to develop your new routine as mommy. Hang in there, sleep when you can, and keep us posted when/if you can!! Hugs,Melba

31 03 2009

B, She’s more beautiful than I imagined (IT TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH TO POST A PICTURE!!! 🙂 I can’t even imagine what you’re feeling right now. How wonderfully overwhelming!!!!! How in the world do you go from not being a mom (and no signs of being a mom) one day…to holding a baby girl in your arms the next day that belongs to YOU???? Wow. What a miracle. I love that little saying, “All God’s grace wrapped up in her sweet little face.” That’s all I could think looking through your pictures….I’m THRILLED, I’m ECSTATIC, I’m on top of the world for you. No more dreaded Mother’s Days. IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!(Will you email me your address? I want to send baby girl some love!)

31 03 2009

Beautiful name for your beautiful daughter! Congrats again!

31 03 2009

She actually looks like YOU. Remember that even birthmothers don’t always feel that connection or bond at first- give yourselves time if it isn’t happening just yet.WOW- I am just stunned and so excited for you guys. She is absolutely beautiful. I LOVE the picture of all three of you in front of your house and the LIGHT in your eyes! What a beautiful family God has pieced together!

31 03 2009

Yay! Beautiful! Y’all look so happy! I’m so happy for you!!!!

31 03 2009
I Believe in Miracles

Love the name!! Love the pictures. I’m so excited for y’all. Singing praises. This is a huge answer to prayer and it’s so wonderful to see prayer answered.xoxo

31 03 2009

Congratulations!!! This is so exciting and you are so blessed!!! She is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures! 🙂

31 03 2009
M/J Granata

So…so very happy for you!!! Congratulations on your beautiful, little miracle! She is precious… perfect! I can’t stop thinking about you and Riley, and of how God works in the most mysterious ways! Please keep us posted on how things are going and how you are adjusting! Many of us have so much to learn, and so much to look forward to. Will keep all three of you in my prayers!

31 03 2009

Beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Congrats again!

31 03 2009

This post made me cry – I am so happy for you! Your story is very similar to ours – the details are different, but the plot is very much the same. So happy for you and your new daughter is so beautiful!!! Enjoy every minute (even the sleep deprived ones!) Thank you for sharing her with us!!

31 03 2009

Congratulations. I am over the moon with happeness for you. You are going to make wonderful parents. I love the name it is soooo pretty.Hugs

31 03 2009
Mrs H

Ok. I’m crying. I’m soo soo happy for you both. She is so tiny and precious. Beautiful name for a beautiful girl and a beautiful family. congratulations!!

31 03 2009

You’ve got my eyes misting up again, LOL. She is so, so pretty! Your family is so precious. I can only imagine the neighbors:-) I remember, on Halloween, just over a week after we suddenly brought Andrew home, our neighbors came by for candy and thought we were babysitting! Anyway, R. will feel more and more and more like your own daughter. It takes a few months for it to completely sink in and feel 100% natural and normal, but it will. And, like other commenters said, that is true for mothers through birth, too. I can’t wait to hear about all the regular, everyday things you’ll share about life with baby, blow-out diapers and all:-)

31 03 2009

I love her name! CONGRATULATIONS! WOW! WHAT A WIRLWIND EXPERIENCE! At least I had a few months to prepare….crazy….the lack of sleep was the hardest for me! God Bless!

31 03 2009
Dave Gerhart

SO excited and happy for you guys! She’s adorable, and I’m sure you guys feel whole now. Enjoy every second of the coming days and weeks with your precious little girl!

1 04 2009

AMAZING!!! I’m so thrilled for you guys!! What an amazing gift you’ve been given. I remember the overwhelming surreal feelings and that will fade, your head will reattach and you will bond tons every day. She is beautiful and love the name!! Congrats a million times over!! 🙂 🙂

1 04 2009

She’s beautiful and I love the name you guys chose! What a little angel. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us (both the high and low points). I feel so fortunate to have witnessed this moment. She is absolutely amazing! Enjoy your new role as Mommy :)::big hugs::

1 04 2009

Bri~I have enjoyed following your journey for months and was SHOCKED to see this!! Wow. You are just beautiful, and so is your little girl. I’m sure you want to pinch yourself! Happy Birthday to sweet Riley. My daughter is also a March birthday! Looking forward to seeing pics of her in her nursery, something I’m sure you have waited for forever!!

1 04 2009

wow….what I miss when I go away for a weekend….this is so awesome…OMG…she is beautiful…this is so amazing..I love the name…oh I just have so many more things to say!!love this…I just love the happy stories…happy endings!all the bestm 🙂

1 04 2009

Amazing how this just ‘happened’ although, it didn’t…did it?!! It took a long time and a lot of ‘stuff’ to get here!!So happy for you!! So glad it all worked out this way!She is gorgeous!! Great name!!!No problems being early?? That is great!!!

1 04 2009

Bri- I can’t even believe that you are a mom!!! Everything happened so fast! I am so very happy for you. R is adorable. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole story. Congratulations 🙂

1 04 2009

Hey Lady! You and your family are so cute! Your little R is adoreable!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pic of you two before! (Probably because I’ve not yet read through all of your back posts!) But I am thouroughly thrilled for you! Congrats to you and your beautiful family and for passing the ER parenting test! I’ll be praying for you and your new lil girl!:D

1 04 2009
Lisa and John

She so beautiful! Glad she is with her mommy and daddy where she belongs. You guys make an adorable family. I’m so happy for you!

1 04 2009

Bri, I am so very happy to read your news! I was away this weekend and had no idea until I was reading Reggie Boppy’s blog! Congratulations to you and your husband! You make a beautiful family!!!! Your head must be spinning (in a good way) Enjoy:) Makes me realize how fast this really could happen….

1 04 2009

Bri- I am so happy for you! This happened so fast and I was so surprised and thrilled and elated to see this post and I am so excited to see you gorgeous little girl! Congratulations!!!!!

1 04 2009

Bri, she is absolutely adorable. I love the name! Isn’t it amazing how one week you feel all the pain about infertility and the next week you have a beautiful daughter in your arms? I am so, so happy for you!!! And girls rock!!!

1 04 2009

She is perfectly beautiful, and I love the name you chose. I know what you mean about it taking awhile to sink in. When the nurse and G were wheeling Evie’s bassinet into our hospital room 1/2 an hour after she was born, what was going through my mind was pure shock. I remember thinking that I wasn’t being happy enough 🙂 I’m glad your visitors have calmed down and you’re taking time to bond now! Congratulations again!

1 04 2009

oh my, what a wonderful story and what a beautiful little girl and name! enjoy each other!

1 04 2009

Oh, Bri, she’s just beautiful. The name is perfect. You’re in trouble with a girl…she’s already got bows in her hair! You’ll be spending way too much money on bows in the following years!I have been checking back a hundred times over the last few days. I can’t believe it’s happened for you like this! Amazing, awesome timing. Soak it up and love on that little girl! She’s perfect!(and, it’s nice to see pictures of you guys! I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen the two of you…you guys are so cute!)

1 04 2009
Simply Complex

Congrats! Strap in, you are going to love this ride… I am so excited to hear more about your new baby girl. She looks precious.

1 04 2009

Congrats Bri – she is beautiful! Enjoy every moment!

1 04 2009

Riley is the baby you were meant to have all along. It’s a miracle how they find us! She is absolutely beautiful. I’m crying just reliving the night we brought our daughter home. It was surreal and I think we were both in shock for about a week. And we had 2 months notice! I can’t imagine how crazy it must have been for you…adoption is amazing!! We all have our own incredible stories and it’s so wonderful to experience them all. WELCOME HOME RILEY!

1 04 2009

Yea baby pictures!!! I am happy for you.

1 04 2009

Congratulations! I know how those whirl-wind matches work and it is so surreal to be waiting for a baby one day to actually holding your child in your arms the next day. It does take a bit of adjustment! Enjoy this time and bond, bond, bond. You cannot spoil her…enough!!! :)Blessings to you and your new family!

2 04 2009

OMG! OMG! Bri, I am so, so happy for you! Wow, what a whirlwind that led you to your daughter! She is beautiful…enjoy every minute! Congrats to the three of you!

2 04 2009
Debbie B

I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t seeing a post from you and then I realized Duh! I had moved you to my ‘Forever Family’ folder already.I love your daughter’s name. She adorable and both look thrilled. I had to wipe tears away while reading your post. I’m so glad that she came so quickly and you didn’t have to wait for her to be born. Let it take time for you to truly feel like her mom. When you do it will be GREAT. Love every second of it.Oh and I love how you surprised your neighbors. Very cool story to tell R one day.

3 04 2009

She is gorgeous and you and DH are glowing!CongratulationsI love her name! It’s so pretty…Good luck and thank you for sharing your story!Enjoy every moment – you’ve waited long enough for it 🙂

6 04 2009

Congratulations.May this be the start of many interesting and joy-filled years

7 04 2009

Oh my goodness! She is so gorgeous. I am thrilled for you guys and am praying for you after your above post. Keep us updated and know you’re being thought of and prayed for!

13 05 2009

Just stumbled upon this blog and want to say… you guys are TOO ADORABLE! Bless you all! I am so happy for you (even if I don’t know you).

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