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How to Come With Us and Meet #BabyTex

November 6, 2014

EEEEEEEEEEK!

We are so excited about the upcoming adoption!!! 🙂

Both of us express this enthusiasm in different ways though….

Have you seen Home Alone? Remember when the mom calls 911 about leaving her son at home? They keep passing her back and forth, describing her as “hyper on (line) two?” 

That’s me.

I’ve washed, dried, folded, and organized all my cloth diapers by color. I’ve dusted every visible and non-visible surface of the house. I ironed a curtain with one wrinkle. I vacuum constantly and wipe down the kitchen counters at least three dozen times a day. Then when I have nothing left to clean, I pick a fight with Jonathan just to stay mentally preoccupied.

Jonathan has burst out in laughter and screamed with excitement. Or jumped up and down.

His version of handling excitement mixed with nervous energy seems much more fun and lovable…

But before I start over-analyzing about how I’m not as holy or fun as Jonathan is, let’s turn back to the adoption! We leave for California THIS FRIDAY!!!

Many of you don’t have too much experience with adoption, or perhaps you even donated via our Adoption Puzzle.…so we want to bring you all along with us on this cool adventure!

How do we plan to do that? Well, we will be updating our trip here on the blog as wi-fi and time permits. More often, we will share photos via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Below is the information on how to follow us via social media for the play-by-play updates while we are on the road::

Instagram


Facebook

Twitter




#BabyTex is what we’ll be using as we document our adventures 🙂 Feel free to join in the fun or just tag along for the ride.

We will also be including our Adoption Puzzle progress (79% done) while we’re away for those who want to jump on the bandwagon in the eleventh hour. Stay tuned!

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Last Chance To Join Our Adoption Puzzle!

October 10, 2014

It’s your last chance to join in the adoption puzzle fun! 🙂

Back in August we successfully met our phase one goal with a 9-day push! Woohoo!

At that point, we needed $13,000 to submit payment to both adoption agencies (Colorado and California). We exceeded that goal with all of your help and couldn’t be filled with more gratitude.

So, what’s the puzzle look like today?

DSC04335A whole lot more progress from last time you saw it, due to donations that rolled in past the nine day push.

I can’t wait to tell Baby Girl about all those people on the back of the puzzle and how they made this adoption possible 🙂

Here are the stats:

  • 743 Pieces Sold

  • $18,575 raised

  • 74% of original goal of $25,000

That’s awesome, right!?!?!

So we are officially onto phase two of wrapping up the puzzle fundraiser. There are still expenses coming up, so those of you who want to slip in LAST minute before we finalize and hang the puzzle…now is your chance!

The expenses we do know are coming up include:

  • $975 Agency Coop and ICPC fees

  • $1,700 Post Placement Fee

  • $500 Variable Expenses from Colorado agency

  • $2,500 Variable Expense from California agency

  • $1,100 Travel Expenses while in California 

Total Expenses Left: $6,775.00

What does that mean for how much we still have yet to fundraise in phase two?

Let’s do some math below:

Phase One expenses ($13,000) + Phase Two expenses ($6,775.00) = Total adoption expenses ($19,775.00)

Total adoption expenses ($19,775.00) – Total fundraised ($18,575.00) = Total left to fundraise ($1,200)

So that’s basically nothing compared to what we’ve fundraised to this point! 🙂

This is the LAST CALL for those who want to forever be part of Baby Girl Teixeira’s adoption. Help us meet this final phase two goal and become part of our family forever.

Thank you all and God bless!

Click here to learn more about the puzzle fundraiser!

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Little Happies: All About Baby Tex

October 6, 2014

Welcome back to the Little Happies 🙂

This week is all about Baby Teixeira…and let’s be honest…the fact that I am writing about this at all is a HUGE HAPPY!!!

But there can certainly be little happies along the journey to the big ones! That’s what I want to share with you this week.

Also….

In this post you will also discover the gender of Baby Tex!!!!

Now I’ve got your attention!

–one–

We “met” Baby Tex back in August because we were blessed with baby’s birth momma being willing to travel to Denver while being very pregnant. (I use the term birth mom since that’s a commonly used term in the adoption world. She is truly much more and I in no way mean that term to belittle her in anyway whatsoever.)

The weekend was awesome. My SIL and nephew flew in too, so it was definitely a packed house. We spent time swimming, eating, chatting, tie-dying, and laughing. Lots of laughing. It was a great weekend and we realized that we are spoiled with a great birth family. I’ve never met such giving, selfless, caring, and positive people. We are excited about an open adoption and know it will bless our and Baby Tex’s life over the years ahead.

–two–

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Then there was this 🙂

Our first and only photos of Baby Tex are a few ultrasound pics in which they couldn’t get great images. Oh well, at least they got some!

This was the photo shoot in which Baby revealed their gender and breech status. Say some prayers Baby flipped between then and now!

–three–

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Insanely surreal.

I had a Baby Shower.

What??!?!?!?!?

Back when I was knee deep in warped infertile thinking, I wrote this day off as something that would NEVER happen.

But it did. Wow. Thank you Lord!

My wonderful family hosted a totally Pintrest-worthy shower for me last weekend. Major shout-out to my Aunt Denise who went all out and painted decorations, made the cake/cupcakes, and made every detail as cute as can be. It was a lot of fun to celebrate this upcoming adoption with family and friends.

And now we actually have clothes for the kiddo to wear 🙂

–three–

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Before the shower we had a private gender reveal – so we could also then tell others the gender at the baby showers.

Our baby’s birth mom Facebook messages me the gender results.

Then my mom hacked into my Facebook account, read the message and called Baby R Us.

The staff at Baby R Us put together a onesie package based on the gender of Baby Tex.

We arrived to pick up the gift wrapped package and the staff were so giddy! 🙂 They said this small task made their night. It was really touching to see how excited people are about adoption.

Then we opened the package….and obviously by now you know IT’S A GIRL!!!!!! EEEEEEPPPPP!!!

We couldn’t be more excited about this! 🙂

–four–

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Then I had amazing friends in Denver throw me a second Baby Shower! 🙂

Double surreal!!!

Again, it was cute as can be and we also had a gender reveal in the gorgeous and delicious gluten-free cupcakes.

Even though I knew, don’t I still look surprised? Props to Alzbeta for snapping these photos of the gathering!

I felt so supported and loved the past couple weeks. Again, it’s truly inspiring to see how excited people are for this adoption.

–five–

Lactation induction.

Obviously no photos here.

This might sound weird to some of you but I assure you it’s not.

I am currently inducing lactation so I can breast-feed Baby Girl. This involves taking herbs, medications, drinking lots of water/tea, and pumping every 2-3 hours per day.

But after two weeks of pumping, I started making milk! What!?!?!

It’s not much. I only make 3-4 ounces a day which is a SMALL fraction of what the baby needs. It keeps getting better each day though, which is encouraging since “the ladies” didn’t really have 9 months to gear up for this. I’ve got about one month left to keep pumping, storing, freezing, and building my supply. It’s literally my new full-time job and I am so excited to be doing it.

That’s a Little Happy wrap! Stay tuned this week for one last puzzle fundraiser update!