the day before

Embarrassingly, Daddy J and I thought today was the 26th for the first half of the day. I dressed Rainbow in his special one year old t-shirt, we wished him a happy birthday this morning before three-fifths of the family headed off for work and school, and Daddy J posted happy birthday wishes to the babe on Facebook.

But, yeah, it’s the 25th. Ha ha ha.


This time one year ago, we were about to eat dinner with the big boys and head upstairs to watch a movie, and F was thinking about heading to the hospital. After the movie, I was still upstairs talking to the boys when Daddy J came up, having just listened to his voicemail from the social worker.

Everything’s okay, don’t worry, it’s all okay. F is in the hospital. Whatwhatwhat?? It’s all okay. He’s being born. We burst into action, packed with a fury, and got about two hours of pseudo-sleep before our morning flight.

Rainbow came a few days early, but he was big and ready to be here. Peachy and vigorous and magnificent.

Two years ago I’d have wanted to swat the adoptive mama in this story, or at least wanted to cringe and run. We read and heard all these great adoption stories, but I kind of secretly knew that it would never happen to us like that. It wouldn’t really work out so well, if it worked out at all. Prospective birthparents would meet us and run, various awful problems would arise during the pregnancy and adoption, it would all be a bust.

But he’s here, almost one year old, and it’s been just too blissful for words. I don’t know what to say that’s not cliched or cloying, but it’s just been… wonderful. We got to know F and J and feel very comfortable with them, they got to know us, and Rainbow is home with our family.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CA Mama
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 01:33:59

    From someone who knows these feelings intimately, congratulations and hurray to all of you. You deserve a significant celebration. Happy Rainbows.

  2. Megan DuBois
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 17:11:11

    Happy Birthday, baby!

  3. Auntie Sue
    Mar 08, 2010 @ 13:06:03

    That is the happiest baby on the planet. We all love him so much.

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