Monday, November 30, 2009

What's in a name?

Okay..we now know it's a girl. For months since we knew we were going to adopt from Korea, we kind of planned for a boy. What are the odds. We had the perfect name picked out for him. By August, we were referring the baby by his name. But that all changed with our phone call.
So, here we are looking at these gorgeous pictures trying to find a perfect girl's name. We had a few girl's name as well, but never really committed to one.

So it's 8:47pm on Monday, November 30th and it's been almost 6 hours since we have found out about our baby girl. Still no name. We've sent pictures and made tons of phone calls but still refer her to our baby girl. After dinner, we decided to pull up the baby name websites and tried to find meaning and see if they went with our baby girl. We still have the 2 that we liked from the beginning of this whole journey. How about this? How about that? Nope...we still liked the 2. Now...which one do we choose. I can't believe how stressful it is. hahaha Choosing a name for your child, which she will have for her entire life. This name will identify her and define her.

As a teacher, we know which names to choose and not to choose. We have those names that just does not sit well because of experiences in the classroom. We know which names to stay clear of. In September, I will look at my list and see which students could be potentially difficult just by looking at their names. I know it sounds awful, but it's true. Ask any teacher and they will tell you.

So here I am thinking...have I heard any negative **** before? I don't think so. I had one in my Kindergarten class and she was lovely. She was super sweet, helpful, and considerate. I can't help be drawn to this name. Mind you, the other name we have was another sweet, kind, beautiful girl too. Torn. We are even having a hard time to name this big stuffed sheep we bought for her so I could use the name in a book. We are so indecisive. And that's just a toy!

I will tell you that her Korean name is Eunsoo (which means smiles). You'll agree when you see her picture. Sooo..what is in a name? Pretty much everything. We said we would sleep on it to be absolutely sure. I'll let you know tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Martin!

Have you ever wondered how life works in mysterious ways? How a series of events brings you to a certain point in your life? What a day....

First of all, I would like to say Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband. Today he got the best gift ever. Today we got our referral call to let us know we have a baby GIRL waiting for us in Korea. IMAGINE THAT! Here is how the day went...

Typical day for me really. I did check my phone during morning recess, just out of the blue. You know when you have this feeling that you should be checking? Sooo..nothing at 11:15am. It was my planning time when I walked into my classroom and suddenly heard "ping" from my cellphone. I never get any news on my cellphone, and I was surprised that I heard it because my phone is buried in my bag in my desk. But I heard it. I went to check my phone and 2 numbers that I didn't recognize called. 2:17pm and 2:23pm. There was a voice message. i checked the phone and it was Maria telling me to call her back ASAP. Actually I heard the message and my hands started to shake. WHAT? WHY WOULD SHE BE CALLING? I JUST TALKED TO HER ON SATURDAY AT THE PARTY. Well..she left this message that was so quick that I had to listen to it again, but stupid phone and I was having trouble checking. Meanwhile, I guess she was trying to get in touch with Martin too. I finally got to write down the number and called her back. "Melanie? Are you ready for this? It's a GIRL!" WHATTTTTT????????

There was no way I was prepared for this phone call, especially since it was Martin's birthday and it was a girl. All these months we prepared for a boy. Yes, we knew there was a possibility for a girl, but chances were it was mostly boys. Soooo...a girl. My hands were shaking. I ran out of my classroom and it the office. I screamed out "IT'S A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!" to anyone who wanted to know. Between the crying and me saying it over and over I couldn't believe it. soon as I walked into the the office Martin was calling trying to get in touch with me. More tears from me and all my friends we were all soooo overwhelmed. I kept backing into the corner of the office because I was soooo overwhelmed. It was my security corner to save me from falling over. hahahha

Sooo..I ran to see other friends at different parts of the school. Poor kids, they thought something was wrong with me. "Why is she crying?" they would ask. Tears of joy and surprise.
And all this on Martin's birthday. A day we will never forget.

After changed forever. We had a baby girl waiting for us and it was no longer the two of us.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My first entry

It's now 3 months and 2 weeks as a "family in waiting". For the last couple of months I've been following other peoples blogs and have been trying to find inspiration to write our own. I've hummed and hawed about it, and I finally got this started.
Reading about other people's journey made me realize how important it is to capture these moments before our little one comes home. I would like to him/her to look back at all the things we did to get ready and how excited we were about starting this journey. I would like him (it could be a her) to know we loved him even before we met. Okay..time to back track and start from the beginning of this amazing journey.