Sunday, August 5, 2012

Welcome Baby Olivia!!

We were thrilled to welcome Baby Olivia Ranee Seals into our family on February 13th this year thru the blessing of adoption!  This has been an absolute dream come true for us, and we know that the Lord made this possible in His perfect timing.  He truly knows our hearts.  Although 10 years was a long wait for this amazing blessing, it couldn't have been as perfect at any other time.

We had only been posted online thru LDS Family Services for a couple of months when we received our first email from a birth mom explaining she was due with a baby girl in two weeks!  We were excited and nervous about receiving our first email and quickly replied back with more information about us.  That same night we got a phone call from her case worker stating that plans had changed and that the baby was scheduled to be induced on Monday...in four days Monday!  Boy did we have some serious discussions with each other and the Lord asking for emergency revelation on if this was the baby that had been waiting to come to our family.  We both received the answer that YES this was our baby!  We borrowed some baby things from friends really quickly and made the 8 hour drive to St George, Utah to meet our birth mom.  We met her for the first time in the hospital Monday morning as she was already in labor.  She and her sisters were sweet enough to let us stay in the room while labor progressed so we could get to know each other a little before the baby was born.  After just a few hours, the baby was born and we got to hold her right away!  She was 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21 inches long and so beautiful!  She is 1/4 Hawaiian and is such a beautiful little thing!  Our birth mom is such an amazing woman and is an awesome mom to her 3 year old daughter.  We know the Lord brought us together and feel like it is the perfect fit for us all.  We are excited about our open adoption and get to chat with our birth family often and get to visit with them as often as we can being a state apart.

 Livy is such a fun and independent little thing.  Of course every mom thinks their child is amazing and ahead of the game, but she seems very alert and inquisitive and wants to know, see, and understand everything!  She will be 6 months in a couple of weeks!  She is learning and growing so fast.  Our hearts are so full of gratitude and love for this little miracle in our lives.  We never knew we could love something so much, she is the light of our lives!!  We are the luckiest, happiest parents of ALL TIME!!