Saturday, September 13, 2008

Two Years Ago Today Referral Anniversary

Two years ago today I was recovering from a tetanus shot. It was HORRIBLE. My arm was aching and I was running a fever. Two years ago today we were also waiting for our referral and our patience was wearing thin. Everyone kept saying that the perfect baby was just not ready and we would get our referral when she was ready, yada, yada, yada. Honestly I was getting sick and tired of waiting and the tetanus shot wasn't helping. There were three of us from our agency who had also been waiting for a baby girl since the end of June. One mom (michellesmiles) spoke with her caseworker earlier that day and pretty much got the feeling that we would be waiting longer. We were angry and disappointed to say the least.

Two years ago today imagine my surprise when the phone rang at 9:10pm and FTC came across the caller ID. I remember feeling like crap from the shot. I was getting ready to go to bed and when the phone rang I wasn't happy about getting it. I checked the caller ID, saw our agency, and answered the phone shocked. The agency owner asked if she woke me up. All I could say was no. There aren't many times when I am speechless but this was one of them. I was silent, wondering could this actually be it. I had played this moment over and over again in my head prior to receiving the call. I thought I would be excited and screaming uncontrollably but instead I was shocked and silent.

She then told us about a 'beautiful baby girl named Ana'. The rest of the conversation is a blur. I remembered her saying something about an email with the referral documents and letting her know if we would accept (duh of course we would!). Steve came up stairs and we immediately called our parents. I called my mom who was sleeping. My mom doesn't have a computer so she wanted to drive out to our house which is 30 minutes away. I was worried about her driving since she was sleeping and told her no. She decided she would go to the neighbors. Steve's parents came over to see pictures. So we waited and waited for the emails which seemed like an eternity. Finally they came through and when we opened up the first picture of Gabbie our lives changed forever.

This is one of the pictures we received that night:)

She was so tiny and perfect. In the pictures she was 3 days old, 5lbs 1oz and just 16.7 inches long. There she was our baby girl we had been waiting for.

This is Gabbie last year on 9/13/07 in her bed right after waking up. Excuse the bed-head!

This is Gabbie this year on 9/13/08.

She is still petite at 23.4 pounds, 34 inches and still our perfect baby girl. There are so many things I love about adoption. One of my favorites is celebrating all of the anniversaries. We have the referral anniversary (9/13), first time we held her anniversary (12/7), out of PGN anniversary (1/18), the day we held her forever anniversary (2/5), and the day she came home forever (2/8).
Today we celebrate the referral anniversary. It is such a special day to me. I cannot believe it has been two years already.


Bobbi said...

What a beautiful newborn she was. She and Reese were, and still are the same size. Reese was 5 lbs and 17", and is now 24.14 and 33"

So, you were in Guatemala for a visit trip the same exact time we were. We came 12-8 and left 12-11. So, now I know we have met. Post a pic of you guys on that trip, and I bet I will recognize you!!!

I too love all of the little anniversaries. They bring back so many memories.

Bobbi said...

Looked back at the pics....I do remmeber seeing you there---it is all such a blur now.

But, you did beat us on the PGN thing. You were fast! We didn't pick Reese up forever until March 23rd. We weren't even out of PGN when you got home. We got out Feb. 13th!!

She was so cute and little..

Rhonda said...

Oh Angie...........I soooo love referral anniversary's! It's amazing how clearly you remember those days as well as those PGN OUT calls!!!! She was a beautiful baby and now a beautiful toddler!

Tera said...

WOW, Angie! I read your post very, very slowly so that I could savor every word...oh, how well I remember your referral day. What a wonderful post to commemorate such an incredible day! I agree...I love all of the anniversaries with Guatemalan many incredible events to commemorate...the memories are burned into our brains. Gabbie is gorgeous...then and now. Happy referral-versary! God bless.

Cathy said...

congratulations, angie! i remember that week like it was yesterday. it was a big week for so many of us and it's hard to believe that it's already two years later. gabbie is just gorgeous and looks like such a happy kid! and i totally agree about having so many dates to celebrate -- very cool!
cathy (ftc - charlotte and sophia's mom)

TNKerry said...

Oh my goodness what a sweet story!!!! I can not believe she was 16.7- that truly is tiny!!!!

Robyn said...

I just love then and now pics!! She was a beautiful baby and she's now a beautiful little girl!! Happy Referral Anniversary!!