Peace out 2020, Hello 2021

As we reflect back on 2020, the first thing that I think of is quality time. As a family, I feel like we are one of the few families that enjoyed this past year. Was there a lot of unknowns, yes. Was there a lot of things that were inconvenient, yes. But the amount of time that we got to spend together this year has been well worth all the unknowns.

As we look forward to this new year, Of course our number one thing we are looking forward to is the birth of our son. In a little over a month, we will be a family of 4, how crazy is that?

Talking about Henry’s birth, there is something so special that I wanted to share. Our birth mom has asked me to be in the delivery room with her!!!! Due to COVID restrictions, we haven’t even contemplated this even being a possibility since she will only get one person to be there with her, but she has asked me to be her support while she brings our son into the world. This is HUGE!! Through adoption, there are a few things that we miss out on; everything to do with pregnancy (the good and the bad), OB appointments, and watching our children be brought into this world. So when she asked me to be apart of this with her, I was completely speechless. How awesome is it that I get to watch our son be born into the world. This is something I will forever be thankful for.

A little update with Henry’s cleft. We will see the high risk doctor one more time before delivery, as long as everything still looks good. We have an appointment with the cleft clinic on January 14 where we will discuss a game plan for after delivery. Due to COVID restrictions, only one person is allowed to go to the appointment, so we are hoping that I can FaceTime John when I am there so that we can both be there to ask questions etc.

As always, we ask that you continue to pray for us, for our birth mom, for her family, and for Henry. Our prayer from day one has always been, “Lord, just guard her heart.” Please pray with us for the Lord to protect and guard her heart. Pray for her rest and comfort in these last few weeks of pregnancy.

God Bless,

Kristen

Ps: any advice for me on being a good support person during labor and delivery is greatly appreciated!

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