Saturday, July 19

"Oh hun"

**Authors note: I know it's a loong one, but if you're in a hurry at least read about Diane at the end!

28 hours on the road, about 8 stops (coffee, gas, food, bodily functions), sunshine, open road, rain, darkness, fog and detours. All vital descriptors in summing up our trek to Florida for the most amazing moment of our lives. That moment is not even here yet but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Chip did most of the driving, trudging through mile after mile while keeping a smile on his face (most of the time) and cracking standard issue 'Chip jokes' over and over. Yep, he's amazing!

I was charged with the task of night driving. Truth be told, it's not as easy of a task as it used to be. Lasik has changed that for me drastically. The worst part came when it decided to start raining -- and not stop!! Grr...I finally resolved to turn the dashboard lights to a dimmer setting and that helped a great deal. And, of course, the 2 hour Rest Stop snooze-a-thon (for Chip at least) helped pass the time a bit as well. I drove for 2 more hours after leaving the Rest Stop cursing at the fact that the sun was determined not to rise. Seriously, not even a glimpse until 6:30. That's crazy!

Simple but charming

Didn't work well for Matthew

Chip says the AT&T tower (far left) looks like Batman
I called the hotel (that a friend was able to book for us on a deal -- last minute) and ask if they had anything available for early check-in. She couldn't make any promises but didn't see a reason why they couldn't do that. (Insert giggle here) We arrived at 10:30 this morning to a front desk attendant with a dumbfounded look. I should have known better.

Okay...without showering or brushing our teeth, we set off to accomplish a couple of last minute errands before our son enters the world. Task one was a gift for his birth mother. We had an idea of what we were looking for and set off the mall to find it. Our first stop was JCP where we met Diane. "Hiah, hun, what can I help you with?" in a kinda southern, quasi-rhaspy voice. It didn't take her but a moment for her to direct our attention to an item that met every attribute we listed. However, we hadn't checked out other options yet and, of course, there was the matter of the 4 hours we had to kill before getting into the hotel. So, we said we probably be back and went on our way. 

There were only two others in the mall that met our requirements and one of them was a more expensive version of what Diane showed us. You know what that means...back to JCP. Though Diane assured us when we left that she would be there until 3:30, she wasn't in the jewelry department when we returned. So another perfectly lovely woman started to help us. As we worked on completing our order, she was asking our business in Florida and we shared our story with her. Well, during this time, Diane had found her way back and was filled in on the story. Oh, the questions!! Both of these woman were so attentive to the details -- right to the knitty-gritty! "Will you get to be in the room?" "Is the car seat installed properly?" "Boy or girl?" "Have you picked a name?" And my favorite, compared child-rearing to selling "stones." "You can't sell diamonds properly until you jump in and do it!"

All said and done, my heart was bursting by the time we left. Diane congratulated and hugged us with a "god bless you both! That is one lucky baby boy!" (Yep, you know it, tears!)


Friday, July 18


Our adoption journey has certainly had its share of ups and downs. And Thursday was no exception.

Our day started as normal with the thought that we would be leaving on Monday to meet our newborn son on Thursday. Our Rollercoaster made its inaugural, gravity-proving plummet to the ground when we found out our birth mother was on her way to the hospital and, depending on the results of an ultrasound, could have an emergency c-section. The pacing began. 

And the pacing didn't stop until almost 5 hours later with the news that all was good but BabySylva's amniotic fluid was starting to be depleted and he wouldn't certainly be making his appearance next week. At this point, we continued about our plans to entertain our wonderful friends for dinner with the thought that we will still leave Monday morning.

Until an hour later when we found out our birth mother would be induced Monday (if they could get her in) or Tuesday at the latest. So we needed to make our move and start driving in the morning. Eeeeks! 

With our friends at the dining room table sharing in the excitement and chaos of the moment, we started changing/making plans to depart our home in the morning. We were receiving calls from social workers, re-booking hotel reservations for earlier times, fielding the support texts and calls from friends and family.... Oh, and enjoying a delicious last meal at home. (Luckily, our friends thought it was delicious too, cuz they ended up with the leftovers!)

We're sure there are more twists and turns ahead as we embark on a 1500 mile trek to the south to experience the birth of our son. But, man, are we excited to meet him!!


Monday, July 14

"OK Google - Navigate me to Florida!"

Love having guidance!

Summer as a non-working man is about to come to an end...FINALLY! Don't get me wrong, boasting about not having to get up for work and pretending to not know what day it is has been a delight these past few weeks, but the ultimate job is about to commence. Fatherhood!

Chip found out this afternoon that he was approved to telework for the last few days of our wait, so he'll be beaming into the network from our bestie's mom's home in Boca Raton, FL. We will depart on Monday morning (bright and early, I'm sure) and hopefully arrive in Boca by Tuesday evening. From there, we'll sweat and pace out the final days before #BabySylva makes his grand entrance.

On the home front, we're lucky enough to have family that lives across the street and only a few miles away to be able to check in on the home and water the garden. After all, I don't want all my green-thumbed hard work to be all-for-not! And a fabulous friend that will love Phoebe like her own for a few weeks while we meet her brother for the first time and get him ready to meet his puppy-sister!

This one grew a couple inches overnight.

First to start turning...clearly, it's gifted.

And on the support front, we have so many friends and family that have had our back since day one of this journey and we couldn't be more appreciative of those that have come all this way with us! Seriously, y'all have contributed to his adventure in more ways than you could know. And that's not to say those who have joined us along the way haven't aided us...we know you have, and we're forever grateful! We're excited to continue to share our story and have you as such amazing characters.

I hope you all stay tuned for'll be coming soon!


Tuesday, July 8

Just another manic Monday

I've officially been on summer vacation for a week now. Although there hasn't been much down-time, I have been enjoying myself immensely. From play dates and projects to impromptu dinners and gardening. Throw in a little grocery shopping and family time -- you've got the makings of my past week.

Oops...stopped at Dangerous Man for a beer and a growler!!
Thursday night gave a little startle. We were informed by our social worker that #BabySylva's birth-mom was en route to the hospital with what she thought was "the labor." We sat on pins and needles for about 5 hours - getting ready to cancel any and all of our weekend plans and ready to pop into the car and make a long, exciting drive. All said and done, our son is going to hold off for a bit longer. (Though we are both sooo ready!!)

BabySylva's first packed bag.

We held on to our Friday 4th plans. We entertained a few new friends with grilled yums, pierogies and some home-made ice cream. Also, Matty brought a delicious home-made potato good!

Games in the backyard.

After a little confusing communication, we decided to make our trip to see my folks over the 4th. All said and done, it made for an extremely relaxing weekend. A few cocktails, minimal housework and some lake time all made the weekend a delightful one.

A trip to my favorite resting place!

Happy 4th Cheers!!

Yesterday became my project day. I powered through quite a few tasks. Laundry, priming, grocery shopping, breakfast prep, painting. I'm sure there were a few other things throughout the day that I'm forgetting about at the moment. Oh yeah! I started the day with a morning run. :) #productive

Started the morning right...before the rains came.

Auto-awesome made the garden-guardian pop with color.

After primer and two coats of paint,
the Little Free Library is just about ready!

Still waiting for "the call." We'll keep you posted!