Tuesday, September 29, 2009

And then there were three...

So....I finally get to post the blog Stephen and I have been praying for for what seems like forever!!! We are so excited to let all of you know that we have a son!!!!!!!!!! His name is Max (after Stephen's awesome dad) and he was born August 29, 2007. He is currently living in a baby's home in Thailand, and from all the picture's we've received, he looks like he's doing great. Thailand asks that adoptive families not post pictures of the children online, and we want to respect their wishes. So, unfortunately we can't share his super cute face with you right now. We will however have pictures with us at all times (just like all proud parents do!) and would LOVE to show him off any chance we get!

At this point, we don't have a ton of info on Max, but here's what we do know. He was born with a cleft lip and he had that repaired in January of this year. We've seen both the before and after pictures and we have to say, those Dr.'s in Thailand did an awesome job!! He'll still need a few corrective surgeries here in the US, but that's nothing we can't handle! Otherwise, Max is totally healthy from what we've seen. Our social worker has been super helpful and she even sent us a copy of his medical records. Some of it was in Thai, but what was in English told us that his heart, lungs, eyes, and ears all check out!! He's average weight (28 lbs) and slightly above average height (34 inches). We're told that Max is super sweet and kind of shy with strangers. Our social worker actually just returned from Thailand and she got to visit with him a little. We're soooo jealous!

Just like before we received this awesome news, we now have to be prepared for more waiting. Now all of Max's paperwork has to be prepared and matched with all of our paperwork before we can look towards getting a travel date. There are more official documents that have to be completed along the way but we won't bore you with all those details!

Stephen and I are putting together a photo album that will be mailed to Max with our photos in it. This way he can hopefully become familiar with his mom and dad's faces before we meet him.

We have no idea how long the wait will be at this point, but that's okay. We have a son, and God is soooo good!!!!! Thank you all again for all of your words of encouragement and prayers. This journey has been hard at times, but it has been so comforting to be able to share it with all of you. Please, please, please continue to pray for Stephen and I as we begin truly preparing to be mom and dad. Also please pray that we are able to find the finances to bring this little guy home. And, just as importantly, please be praying for Max. Pray for his health, his happiness, and that God would begin preparing his heart for the day we meet!!!