If you’ve followed the Facebook Link here….you’re trying to learn about our new addition. Sweet Claire came into our lives just ten days ago and our lives will never be the same 🙂 Once we were ready to share the news, this is the email that went out with the title “A New Member of Team Oberdeck”….scroll through the blog for more information, too. And, as always, we’d love to chat with anyone about questions. Thank you to everyone for all the love and support our family has received as we adjust to being a Foursome!
Hello to all –
Did you think that this was a pregnancy announcement? Sorry to lead you on – it’s not. Our baby is already here!!!!
I’m not sure how far news had gotten around before we decided to change gears and move to Seattle, but in May our family became approved as an adoptive family. That approval came in May, the new job popped on the radar in June, and we put ourselves on hold at the agency in September in preparation for the move in late October. As of last Thursday morning, our file was once again complete. We expected to do some waiting.
Thursday evening – after only five hours – we got a call that we had been chosen by a birth family. The little girl had been born Wednesday morning and they wanted someone to step in asap. It took less than two hours to pack up, pick up Andrew from the office, and get to the hospital. We met the birth parents that evening and decided to move forward.
While it will take a few months for the paperwork to go through and the adoption to finalize, we already have legal custody of this beautiful little one. So, it is with near disbelief and overwhelming joy that we announce the arrival of our youngest daughter, Claire Elise. She came into the world on February 20, 2013, weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches. She has big grey-blue eyes and an itty bitty little nose, and loves to snuggle more than anything. As anyone who knows Evelyn can guess, she is over the moon at having her very own baby to cuddle. She’s doing really well with the abrupt change in her life – we are amazed at both of our girls!
Claire does have a few remaining medical issues that need to be addressed, so she remains in the hospital for a few more weeks (the timing is still unclear). We expect her to make a full recovery and are using this time to adjust, pulling out baby things, talking to Evelyn about being a Big Sister, the way most families do during the 9 month pregnancy. We would love to talk with you all in person – phone, Skype, FaceTime, whatever works for you. Though I haven’t done a great job keeping it up through the move, I plan to continue posting about Claire and our adventures on our *new* site –oberdeck.wordpress.com.
We are looking forward to everyone meeting the biggest surprise of our lives soon! Much love to each of you and your families.
The Oberdeck Family