Sunday, November 1, 2009

Referral Day - THE Call!

First of all I would like to introduce you to my daughter, Joye SeoYeon! Her name means "wise" and "beautiful," which I whole-heartily agree! There is much background as to why we chose the name Joye, but for now I just want to share the details of the day we got the call. (Can you believe the hair?! I am going to HAVE to invest in some of BriarClaire's clippies!)

Warning: I am a VERY detail-oriented person, and I have ran the way this day would play out through my mind for MANY months. So, hang on, it might be a LONG one! ;)

We were mid-way through the school day on Thursday (10/29) and I had to run an errand that had to be done in the morning. So the boys and I packed up and headed out for an extra-long break. Once we returned it was about 10:30 am and the phone rang. It was one of those pesky "unknown callers." I let the machine pick-up, because I rarely answer the phone while homeschooling anyway. It was AAC, and they wanted me to call them back. I thought, "well they probably need some information or something. I'll call them back in a minute." Then my cell phone rang. Hmmmm, that's odd. "Hello?" It was AAC, again. We proceeded to have small talk about the snow. Then there was this small pause and she said, "well, we have a baby girl that we would like you to look at." My mind was reeling is disbelief while she proceeded to tell me a little about her. "This little peanut was five pounds when she was born . . . . healthy delivery . . . ." I grabbed a pencil and paper an wrote down what I could remember. Then she said " would you like to review her file?" I said "absolutely!" So she verified my email and said to give her a call when we knew our answer.

I then called Chad (who was at work, 40 minutes away) and after about five minutes of convincing him that we had actually got THE CALL, he called his mom and I called mine. Then, I waited for FORTY-FIVE minutes for the file to come through. Yeah, 45 minutes! I then called AAC back and said, "I didn't get the file. I KNOW you sent it, because you told me you were going to, and I bet it's our tricky email address." Sure enough, there were a couple characters missing in the address. So she re-sent it, apologized and thanked me for calling. I then called Chad and sent it to his phone -without looking at it. It never got to his phone. So I sent it again. Nothing. Meanwhile, I opened her medical report but didn't look at her picture. We wanted to see her together. I knew she was mine once I saw her name. Chad was STILL not getting her picture. So I said "here, let me look, take a picture on my phone and send it that way." He said "go ahead." And then I saw this;

Isn't she the cutest little girl EVER? I gasped, and told him how cute she was. We talked for a little while and then he finally got the picture. Love at first sight for him too! We went over a few things and then emailed our family and friends. I emailed our doctor earlier on, and so we waited to hear back from him.

One proud Papa!

One happy Mama!

Kaleb cried, and asked if he was dreaming! How cute is that?! He loves her so much - even before he saw her picture!

Abram is SO happy to be a big brother! He talks about "baby sister" all the time. He kept asking about "that Adoption Show" and if we could turn it on. (?) I could only guess that he thought that we should be on "Adoption Stories." I don't know - but it's CUTE!

She's 13 pounds and 24.5 inches long. She was born May 2, 2009, and today she turns 6 months old. Happy Six Months sweet girl! (SO happy to have a spring baby!) She's precious and I knew she was mine when I saw her name. Her picture made it all seem more real.

We celebrated at a local Chinese Restaurant then headed off to Kaleb's Pack/Halloween Party. I wanted to get up in the front and show everyone our daughter's picture. We ended up telling a few Cub Scout parents that knew we were in process.

It's still surreal. I still can't believe that I have a little girl in Korea and that we are parents again.

We can't stop staring at her picture. It is SO good to know who my little girl is! God is SO good and I am so thankful to be picked to be her mother! Thank you JESUS!!!!
(We officially accepted this morning, that's why I waited so long to post) :)


Lucky Mama said...

She is gorgeous! I love her sweet little hands! Wow what a sweet baby girl. Congrats!!!

Kelly said...

SO adorable!!! I LOVE her chubby cheeks!! May birthdays are the best (mine is May 19th!)!!

How do you pronounce the name you've given her?

Kara said...

OMG!!!! She is SOOOO cute!!! I love the blue dress and the pig tails. How Adorable!!! Our little girls are 6 months old today. They might be at Eastern together getting their checkups today. Wouldn't that be cool? Congrats, I'm so happy we could share this together. Awesome!!!

Tracie said...

She is so cute and just sweeter than pie!!!

Her hair is amazing!

Congratulations, Jayme! I'm so happy for you!

Tracie said...

And I like your hair cut, Jayme... I saw you had mentioned that your hair was short now...

It looks great!

I still can't believe what a tiny peanut Joye is!!! Her cheeks must weigh 5 pounds each, so that only leaves about 8 pounds for the rest of her! :)

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

Oh my goodness, she is just absolutely beautiful!!! What an amazing little girl! I cried after reading this post and just knowing how loved she will be with you all as her family! What a miracle!

Steve and Karen said...

Love the hair!!!!!!!! She's gorgeous!!!!

Rachel said...

OOOHHH she is so beautiful! I love all the hair!!! Congratulations :)

Mary and James said...

She's beautiful!!!!!
I'm so happy for you!! I pray that she will be in your arms forever soon! Big congrats!

Rach@In His Hands said...

OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Yippeee! Congrats on your beautiful sweet daughter! What a precious little thing. I pray she's in your arms soon!