Tamara, Jax, Neely, and Carolyn asked: Do you know yet if you'll be able to name your little one yourself? Do you have any names picked out?
We do not know if we will be able to name our little one, but we'd really like to have that opportunity. If we do get to choose, our little boy would be Eli and our little girl would be Sloane or Stella. We're still iffy on the middle names and the first names are always subject to change.
Neely asked: What have you learned most about yourself through your struggles with getting pregnant and now going through adoption?
I've learned that everything is God's perfect timing. We cannot control everything that happens to us. We make choices and we must accept the life we're given. I've definitely learned to be more patient even though I don't like it. I've learned a lot about myself and it's really helped me to grow.
Heather asked: What are you looking forward to most about being a mom? The least?
I'm really looking forward to holding our little one for the first time. It will be such a magical moment. I also can't wait to see him or her taking their first steps, speaking the first words, losing their first tooth, and scoring the first goal. I'm not looking forward to disciplining, the dating years, or teaching them to drive. Does any parent look forward to those??
Carolyn asked: What has been the hardest part about adoption so far? What has been your favorite part? Is there anything you're nervous about?
The hardest part of the adoption so far is the waiting. We've waited almost 3 weeks to have our next home study interview. I'm ready to do it all today. My favorite part so far has been gathering pictures of us over the years for our profile. It's been fun reminiscing. And I'm a ball of nerves about everything. From when we will get matched to the day we finally get to bring home our little one. There are so many things that can happen with adoption, but the joy it brings is worth it.
Amber asked: Are you doing an open or closed adoption?
We are doing a semi-open adoption which means we will send photos and letters to the birth mother through our agency. We are not open to visitation or other interaction at this time. In the beginning, we are open to speaking with the birth mother before matching.
If it is open, and the mom insists on naming the baby, are you open to this?
We would really like to name our baby. If the mother insisted, we could always consider it as a middle name.
How do you think your dog will handle the new addition?
I think it'll take some getting used to, but he'll adjust. He's been around kids and babies his entire life and he's great with them.
Cassie asked: What is one place you can't wait to take your child?
Disney World. I can't wait to see the look on a child's face of this amazing theme park for the first time!
Would you be open to adopting a multiple sibling group right away?
We actually said that we would take twins. Right now, we are looking for a newborn and there aren't too many sibling groups in that age range.
Do you worry about being a good dog mom after having/getting a baby? (BC I do, lol pathetic I know)
I do. Knox is our baby right now, but I love him so much that I know he'll still be a priority!
Courtney asked: Have you decided if you will continue working after the baby gets here?
Since we are adopting and we have no idea when it'll happen, I haven't made that decision. Thankfully a lot of my work can be done from home, if needed. I'd love to stay at home one day, but I'm not sure when that day will be.
Up next, Part 2....