Saturday, June 26, 2010

I know I have been a little lax about posting lately, but you'll have to forgive me since I have been busy taking care of the most beautiful baby in the world!! We passed our 30 day window with no problems and things have been going really well. I thought in lieu of an update I would share with you the letter I wrote to Henry J's birthmom to update her on all that has been happening with Henry. We are hoping to be in an open adoption where Henry and his birthmom will someday meet for visits and we will exchange letters and pictures. For now his birth mom is not certain of what she wants and feels like personal contact would be too painful so we are communicating through our agency. I will try to write monthly updates for her and send pictures to the agency so that when and if she is ready she will have it all there for her. She has recently asked for pictures so I think that is a good sign. I do know that she is an incredibly strong and brave woman so we are hopeful that the adoption will be more open in the future. Okay here is the letter!

June 25, 2010

Dear _____,

As you can see, Henry J is growing and growing every day. He is such an amazing and special little boy. We feel like the luckiest people alive to be able to spend our days and our nights with our darling boy. We can’t believe how much he has changed over the past 6 weeks. He no longer fits into his newborn clothes, and some of his 0-3 months clothes won’t fit soon! The last time we weighed him he was 11 ½ lbs! Luckily, his grandmas are keeping him well outfitted. He rarely wears the same outfit twice.

He is such a happy little baby. He is a good sleeper, great eater and rarely cries unless he is hungry, then watch out! He is very alert and loves to look around at faces and at his toys, especially the deer mobile that hangs over his crib. He is also starting to smile, especially at his mommy, daddy and at his mobiles! He loves his vibrating chair. And he occasionally enjoys some time in his swing, but he has to be in the right mood for it.

We, of course, think he is the most amazing and gorgeous baby ever, but we might be biased! Henry has received so many gifts, well wishes and visits from our family and friends. His grandma and grandpa and his Aunt see him almost every weekend. And his grandmama and grandpapa have been out to seem him twice from Michigan, and he will be traveling by airplane in August to visit them too! He has also had a visit from his Uncle from Arizona who is planning to come back out to see him at Thanksgiving. He is already known and greeted warmly by all of our neighbors when we are out for our daily walks. They never fail to comment on how adorable he is! Henry loves to be outside, whether going for a walk in his carriage or sitting on our back deck or front porch. He is always very happy outside.

We think of you every day and hope that you are doing well. We will forever be grateful that Henry’s first mom was such a brave and loving person. Please know that you will always be an important part of Henry’s life and our life, and we want you to always feel that you are welcome in our lives in whatever way makes you comfortable.

All our love,