Well…depending on how you look at it, this baby could be baby #1 or #2. He technically comes first, but we have planned for Tau’aho longer. Yes, you understand correctly, Lady Hiva is STILL pregnant and doing well with Tau’aho but we have another baby, coming.
On Friday night we had just hooked up the laptop to watch a movie we had downloaded and I had the ironing board set up to iron while we watched (yeah, I cannot sit still so it gives me something to do!) and Lady came in from the room, “Dustin, did you see the adoption agency emailed for us to call them?” We called right away and our social worker told us that a birth mother had chosen us to be the parents to her baby.
The emotions of excited, surprised, happy, scared, thankfulness, and amazement flashed in intervals as we listened to the details. We then reminded the social worker that Lady Hiva is pregnant and she had forgotten so she ended the conversation so she could check with the mother to find out if that changed her mind. It was a LONG two hours while we waited. I tried to watch the movie, but I was distracted with thoughts. I couldn’t iron well because every two minutes I had to do the happy dance (kind of jumping up and down while cheering silently—I am sure it looks a bit awkward…ok, maybe more than a bit). We were both watching the email and phones like leopards ready to pounce on their prey.
Finally about midnight they called back and said the mother still wanted us! We were filled with happiness and awe. We ended the phone call and then the reality and emotion of it started…we just bought a house, Lady is pregnant and she almost due, I am working…the list goes on and on. Life really does come at us fast and all at once.
The next few nights were filled with long talks, plenty of prayers and not much sleeping for either of us. We didn’t tell people because we wanted to make a decision with the just two of us. We spent some time at the temple and had a really great talk with the Bishop.
After a few days we decided it felt right to do welcome this baby into our home. He and Tau’aho will be (depending on when they both are born) anywhere from 4-5 weeks apart. So here come our TWINS!
We went back to the discussion board for names. It was similar to playing go-fish. Lady had names she like and I had names I liked and we wheeled-and-dealed until we came to a conclusion. The new baby is due on Monday, 17 June 2013. YIKES! We only have few things that were donated from friends but nowhere near what we need for two babies! Someone said to us, “Well, at least you have the stuff for one baby so you just need to get one more of it…” HAHA, with our past history of children we did not dare buy anything because we bought things with Vaitafe and now it is just emotional every time we see it because he never was able to use it. So we made a list and headed to the store.
It is has been fun to see people’s reactions as they find out—it usually starts with “That is so awesome” and then as we talk about it you can see/hear them processing it all and they say, “Wow…just wow…” and the unspoken words were knowing how ‘adventurous’ having twins really is.
Plenty of people are saying, “we knew that would happen!” One of our friends even pointed out that this could be expected considering we did find out that we were back on the adoption list the same week we found out Lady Hiva was pregnant. Either way, we are ready for a really interesting experience.
We have prayed for this day for three years and it is totally and completely crazy that it happened at at once but makes it more exciting. After five years of marriage, Lady Hiva and I must understand that nothing is ever boring, never goes as planned, and usually has a few hitches along the way. BUT it makes for great journal entries and blog fodder~!
We will keep you updated on the new journey! Stay tuned!
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