Rylee Joy’s Birth Story

by Bobbi from nhershoes on September 24, 2013 · 36 comments

in Adoption

Wow! It has almost been two weeks since we were blessed with the honor of being Rylee Joy’s parents and every second has been well worth the wait.

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We would love to tell you all of the details, but being that Rylee is still a ward of the court, we are going to leave out a good amount of detail that we can reveal hopefully more in 7-8 months if the adoption finalization goes well. However, we would love to tell you more about our lives during the last 14 days.

To learn more about our adoption story and the process we went through, check out Our Adoption Story page.

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On Thursday, September 5th, we received a phone call that started to prepare us for parenthood.

I received a phone call from our social worker about sibling set ready to be placed for adoption. Now, there were some unique circumstances in this case that we can’t talk about, but nevertheless, they called to ask if we would want to be ‘consider’ for this sibling set. Now, let’s stop here for a moment. In the adoption process with the county, we were told that we would only be called if we had been ‘selected’ as the parents for a child or sibling set, but this time we were called to see if we wanted to be ‘considered’ for this unique situation. Of course we said YES and were told that we would know the following day (Friday) if we were or weren’t selected.

Through the evening, Hubs was being super cute. He stayed up all night researching because if we were selected, we would be parents that Friday!

It started to feel weird. It is hard to explain. The situation wasn’t how we expected it to feel like.

Friday, September 6th, we received a phone call from our social worker saying we were NOT selected. There were lots of emotions that hit us all at once. However, we were encouraged that since we had only been officially in the system for three weeks and already had our profile viewed, that it was a good sign for us. A good sign indeed.

The following week, we had a big camping trip that had been planned for months with over 20 adults and children at a beautiful campsite near Bishop, CA. It was a Wednesday thru Sunday outing in a location with NO CELL SERVICE!

So on Monday, Hubs took off work so we could just get away and do things that we might do for awhile if we get another ‘call’. So we hit up Disneyland and a Dodgers game.

Tuesday, September 10th is the day we will remember forever!

We received a call from our social worker saying “You have been selected to be the parents of a beautiful baby girl who was safely surrendered”. She was only days old (and currently at a foster home. We were asked to come in on Wednesday for a presentation.

If they had called us a day later, we would not of received this miracle phone call as we would of been camping out of cell phone service! Crazy! It was God’s perfect timing. When we got this call, I was minutes away from going grocery shopping for our camping trip! Needless to say, we ended up not going camping ;)

Wednesday came along and we had to wait until late afternoon to meet with the county officials for a formal presentation. Being that our social worker gave us all of the information on Tuesday night, this presentation didn’t really give us more details. With a ‘safely surrendered’ baby, there is very little information about the birth mother (or family for that matter) and little to no health information.

We were given a couple of photos of Rylee, but photos don’t do her justice! We wanted to take her home that day, but because she was currently at a foster home, we were told that we needed to take 24 hours to decide. Blah! We knew that she was ours, but since they wouldn’t let us take her home that day, we went power shopping! Target, Baby-R-Us, Costco… Since we had an age range of newborn to 2-years-old that we were open to, we haven’t been able to purchase many things until we knew the age. Car seats, clothing, strollers, etc.

Thursday, September 12th is the day we first got to meet Rylee Joy (yes we got to name her and that is a whole other blog post coming soon)  and also bring her home! Here’s Hubs right before we put Rylee in our car!

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We have been so blessed with great family and friends who have helped us with clothes, crib, bouncers, dinners, diapers, etc. The outpour of love for Rylee can not be contained in words.

We have also been blessed with some beautiful photography sessions by great friends. I will be posting more photos from these sessions soon. All of the photos (except of the one of Hubs outside of the county office) were shot by Ronni Lynn Photography.

I will try to resume regular posts soon. I have so much to share, nursery tour, working out and being a mamma, new attire line, and MAMA SHRED!!!

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Allie Ferguson November 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

My hubby and I recently started the domestic adoption process for an infant (we’re waiting now) and reading this post gets me really excited! Congratulations on the new addition to your family – she is beautiful and such a blessing.

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Amy R September 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Bobbi – I’ve been on vacation, so I’m just now catching up with your story — I am SO, so happy for you & Matt!! Blessings upon blessings to you! Enjoy soaking up all that little girl sweetness <3

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megan @ whatmegansmaking September 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Love this story!! We too got to go on a little baby shopping spree when we found out about our son – so fun and exciting isn’t it?? So happy for you guys. Adoption is such an amazing way to build a family :)

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Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Congratulations Bobbi! I’m so happy for you guys! I can tell you’ll be a great mom! :)

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Katie September 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Such a beautiful story, Bobbi! I am so thrilled for you three…makes me cry just to think about God’s hand in this story!

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Toronto Girl West September 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

That picture of your husband holding his daughter for the first time . . . it’s beautiful! Nothing can compare to the joy in his eyes! :)

I’m just thrilled for your family!!!

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Sara Nickel September 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Hi Bobbi! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now. We too have considered adoption, but aren’t quite there yet. What an amazing journey! She is beautiful. Very happy for your new addition.

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Purelytwins September 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

girl we are both so happy for you!!!

congrats she is beautiful

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Heathers Looking Glass September 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I am so, SO happy for you guys. What a great story of God’s perfect timing. Gives me hope that things we are waiting to happen will work out in the end!

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Alyssa September 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Congratulations! So happy for you and your husband! Rylee is adorable!

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Monica C. September 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Oh Bobbi, I am so absolutely overjoyed for you and Matt. You are going to be such wonderful parents! I have been reading your blog for years – I feel like I know you (and I’m old enough to be your mom (almost!)). God bless you and your family!!!!!!

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Becky September 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Bobbi and Matt, I gave my child up for adoption, and SO ENJOY your pics and sharing your experience! I am SO, SO thankful for adoptive parents. It’s not an easy experience from either perspective, but the good, a precious child, way outweighs the bad. Happy parenting!

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Heather @Pinakholic Fitness September 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Such an amazing story! I can’t wait to read more! You will be amazing parents! : )

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I love this story so much! I am myself adopted and I have heard the same type of story from my parents hundreds of times! It always makes my heart so happy to see others adopt! Enjoy every second!

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Marcia September 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

Blessing abound! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kim September 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

Ahh, the bumpy road of becoming a monther of an adopted child… as the mother of 2 adopted children I wanted to send you a special congratulations! After all the waiting, and all the preparation, and all the false starts, it’s amazing how suddenly you really become a mom, isn’t it?! Once you see that little face and hold that little child….you and your husband look like you’re in-love! I hope everything continues to go well for all 3 of you :)

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Kristy September 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

Congratulations Bobbi!! We too have been struggling to get pregnant for 4 years. I keep praying that God will guide us towards our next step (whatever that is). I will keep you in my prayers and I look forward to more of your posts :)

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Jess September 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful story.

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Taylor September 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

I think and pray for your family often! What a beautiful story and the Lord has truly blessed you! :) Love you!

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Kelsey @ Fueling Strong September 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

Congratulations. She is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to see how God uses her in your life and how He uses you and your husband in hers. What a miracle.

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Megan (The Lyons' Share) September 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

I have loved following along with the pictures on Instagram… The best part is the joy :) in your faces. Keep enjoying this awesome time!

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Dana September 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

What a beautiful story and how amazing that her birthmother made such a loving choice to surrender her safely. She is one lucky baby and you two are so blessed!

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Deborah September 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

Bobbi, I am so overwhelmed with joy and happiness for you both! I have been eating up every photo you have posted. She is beautiful! You both will be amazing parents. Congratulations!

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Dana September 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

What a beautiful story. I’m so inspired by your faith and God’s work in your life. Congratulations on the start of this new journey :)

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Renee September 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

Oh my goodness, I love it when God pours out his Grace like this. Gives me goosebumps! My husband and I are in the beginnings of adoption and I cannot wait to be a mama again. Praying for you, Matt & little Rylee Joy! You are in for an amazing ride :)

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Kim September 24, 2013 at 8:12 am

Congratulations, what a wonderful story of what GOD can do!

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Amanda @runtothefinish September 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

you already know how amazingly happy I am for you, but it’s got to be said again…you will be an amazing mom and she is so very, very lucky!

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Jessica September 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

SO happy for you and Matt!! Can’t wait to hear more of your story when you are able to share!!

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Lisa @ RunWiki September 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

Bawling here…. SO overjoyed for you and husband as you start your amazing journey as parents. Rylee Joy is perfection! hugs!

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Lauren Giles September 24, 2013 at 7:45 am

Oh girl I cried though this whole post. God is do faithful. So ridiculously happy for y’all!!

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Liz September 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

Oh this made me cry! As someone struggling with fertility issues I read your adoption post for hope. Because 1 day this may be my only option! Thank you for this post she is heavenly beautiful!

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Angie September 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

Congrats! Such a beautiful story.

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Carol Blanchfield September 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

This made me cry, tears of great joy!! Knowing how you both feel
the happiness that you know, believe me, it only gets better with time.
You will be great parents, love with all your heart always!!!!

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Laura September 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

Hi Bobbi, Im so excited for you an Matt. Please excuse my not knowing, but what is a safely surrendered baby? Is this a baby that is dropped off in a safe place? Fire station, Police department, hospital etc?

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Bobbi from nhershoes September 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

Yes:)

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Sami @Simply Sami September 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

So happy for you and Matt! You are going to be great parents!

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