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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eli's Birth Story

Thank you so much for the kind words, thoughts and prayers about our newest addition to our family.   I was in tears reading most of them.  We're just so overjoyed and overwhelmed by all of your love and support for our family.  If you've ever cared for a newborn, you know how busy we've been and how you'd rather spend your time staring at them or holding them than doing anything else. 

But I had a moment and wanted to share with you, the whirlwind we've experienced in the past couple of weeks...

On Tuesday, December 4, we received the phone call that would changed our lives forever.  Our agency told us that we had been matched with a birth mother who was due with a little boy on December 25.  We knew this would be our Christmas miracle.  We only told our close family and a few friends and swore them to secrecy.  We also decided to go ahead and cancel our Costa Rica trip on the off chance he came a little early. 

We knew that Eli's birth mother had a doctor's appointment that afternoon, but we knew we wouldn't hear the results until Wednesday.  On Wednesday, we heard from our agency that his birth mother was already 3cm dilated and would be induced no later than December 17, but the doctor really thought he'd arrive sooner. 

That Wednesday night, my mom told me that I needed to start packing right away.  I laughed it off because I thought we had time, but little did I know, at 4:15am on Thursday, December 6, 2012, we would get the call that Eli was on his way.  Our birth mother was 7cm dilated and at the hospital in labor. 

We packed our bags and were out the door in no time.  The whole way to the hospital we were just on pins and needles.  It was about 4 hours into the drive before we learned that Eli was delivered via c-section at 6:21am because he was breached.  We didn't get to the hospital until 10:30am, but once we got there, we met and fell in love with Eli, our son.
The hospital couldn't have been more accommodating to us. We had our very own room and we were able to have Eli from the minute we got there until the moment we left.  Eli spent his very first night with us in our hospital room.  Both of our nurses had family members who had adopted so they knew the anxiousness and excitement we were feeling. They answered any questions we had and made us feel like home.
After Eli was released from the hospital, we took him to a local hotel where we spent the next few days awaiting our court date and clearance to take him home.  Both sets of our parents came to visit and were a huge help to us. 

On December 12, 2012, my 30th birthday,  we finalized Eli's adoption and were able to finally bring our son home. 
We really never had time to stop and think or sometimes even breathe.  It all happened so fast, but it was perfect. 

Our family and friends have helped us out more than we could've ever imagined.  I don't know how we would have made it without them. Not only were we blessed with a beautiful baby boy, but we were blessed with the best friends and family around. 
We still can't believe that we're now parents to the most remarkable baby boy.  We're so in love and we feel so blessed to be Eli's mom and dad.  Please bear with us as we spend the next few weeks/months getting used to being a family of four (yes, I'm counting Knox). 

74 comments:

Nicole said...

Caroline, I'm just in tears for you! The Lord is so good and so faithful and you have a BEAUTIFUL little boy. I am praying that the Lord would just bless you so much during these first few months with a newborn!

P!nky said...

OH he's a lil angel Caroline!

So happy God granted you a Christmas Miracle!

Sending you some sleep ;)

Elle Noel said...

My heart is filled with joy for your family Caroline! Congratulations!! Merry Christmas :)

Candice Lynn said...

I've been waiting for this blog post :) SO excited for you and Fred. God is good!

Kelly said...

This is just AMAZING!!! SOOOOOOOOOOO happy for your all. He is just precious. WHAT a miracle :-)

Erin said...

This post is so perfect in every way! I am SO happy for your sweet little family, and baby Eli is just DARLING!! Congrats congrats congrats... a million times over!!!

Leah said...

Tears again. Love you and couldn't be happier for you and your family. Eli has a box of goodies on their way!

Kim said...

I just came across your blog (because I love birth stories!) and this post just made my day. As a mom who wants to adopt someday, too, this makes my heart happy. Congratulations on your son... he's so very cute!

J and A said...

Oh course you are counting Knox! :) I have been waiting so long to read this very post. Eli's timing was perfect! Birthday wish and Christmas wish in one. He is beautiful and a very lucky boy! You know this, but I am over the moon excited for you. ENJOY him!

Jessica said...

God is SO GOOD! I'm so over the moon for you all! He is perfect.

I'm curious if you don't mind: Where was the hospital she was delivering that was four hours away? Did the adoption agency purposely match you with someone close to you or did it just happen that way?

I'm so glad things moved so quickly for you guys!! Love to you all. :D

Lindsay Antenucci said...

oh my gosh lady! i am so beyond happy for you. what an amazing bundle of joy God brought you to and your husband. truly a christmas miracle....i love it!!! he is gorgeous! :)

Tickled Pink Mandy said...

Such a blessing!! :) I am in tears reading this!! CONGRATS!

Emily said...

Oh Caroline, what a wonderful story! GOD IS SO GOOD!!! Totally worth the canceled trip, huh?

I'm so happy for you and Fred. What a Birthday and Christmas blessing!

Have a wonderful transition and get as much sleep as you can!!!

Tami said...

I'm sitting here in tears reading your amazing story! I'm quite certain that will be the best birthday present you receive in your lifetime! Congrats again and enjoy every second with your precious son!

Becky said...

What an amazing story, you all are truly blessed! Congrats to you and your family on your cute addition! Happy Holidays!

Allison said...

What an amazing story! I don't know if you'll ever have a birthday that is better than this one. He is so perfect. Enjoy your time with him :)

Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.) said...

What a wonderful birthday gift! So happy you have your Xmas miracle. What a whirlwind but I'm so happy you are now a mommy!!! Enjoy him...they grow way too fast!

LB @ Table For One said...

Congratulations Smithwicks!!!! Eli is precious! I teared up reading your birth story, what wonderful blessing from God! And the perfect Christmas miracle!

Lindsey said...

So very excited for you!! And I think it's awesome that it was all finalized on your 30th birthday! Much better than a trip to Costa Rica I am sure. He's gorgeous, soak up every moment, they grow up so fast!

Tiffany said...

This just almost brought me to tears! I am so excited for your sweet little family!!! I can only imagine the love and joy you all have.

Jenny said...

Aw this gave me chills reading! Brought back a flood of memories we experienced when we got the calls for our blessings. Such an amazing experience. So, so happy for you! Have a wonderful Christmas!

aimee jones said...

I can't say enough how overjoyed I am for your family! Its just the sweetest story! Hold that sweet baby boy every minute you can because it flies by, before you know it he will be seven!

Sarah said...

A long-time reader here but a non commenter :) I would love to hear more about the process of being matched, did you have any contact with the birth mother, will you ever have contact with the birth mother, etc? A good friend of mine has fertility issues and will likely be heading down this road. Thanks!

Rachel said...

I was adopted, too. This made my heart so happy! It's such a special feeling to a child (and now, I as an adult) to be 'chosen'! You have blessed him more than you can ever even know! Congrats to you all!

Krystal said...

THIS IS SO AWESOME! :) What a great Christmas.

Shari said...

I couldn't be more thrilled for you. You definitely received the best birthday/christmas present anyone could ever ask for!

Mrs. S said...

love!! so happy for you-- what a wonderful Christmas it wil be!

Carolyn R said...

BAH! This post gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes! I am SO unbelievably happy for you and Fred! And Eli! He's such a lucky little man!! :) I am so excited to watch you two be parents and to watch Eli grow into an adorable toddler! Love you!

Mateya said...

What a whirlwind of emotions and events! So exciting!

You and Fred are going to be wonderful parents and Eli is so blessed to be able to call you mom and dad!

What a wonderful Christmas blessing!!!! Can't wait to catch up, but enjoy snuggling him and soaking up all of those precious firsts! :)

Meredith said...

You'll make a wonderful Mother. Being a Mom is the best gift ever!!

Caitlin said...

In tears over God's faithfulness to your family, Caroline. What a beautiful, beautiful little boy you have. Eli is blessed to have such a loving family, and I think the fact that everything was finalized on your birthday is just the sweetest thing ever. Praying for your little family and hoping that you enjoy every single moment of this first Christmas with your little miracle!

Pamela said...

congratulations love! I am so beyond happy for you and your family - he is seriously so precious! xoxo

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

I've been waiting on this story since you posted his picture last week! Isn't it amazing how life can change so fast? Congratulations on the best Christmas present you could ever ask for! Did you guys get to name him?

jenn said...

How amazing!!! Great story for a great set of parents

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

God is so good. This is such an amazing story so happy for you four! Yes I'd count Knox too! How is he doing with the baby?

Amy said...

He's so beautiful! What a wonderful story. I'm so happy for you all!

Kristen :) said...

I am so happy for you, Fred, and your whole family - Eli is one lucky little boy!!! Congratulations again!!!

Courtney said...

Bless your hearts, this made me cry. SO happy for you, congratulations on becoming parents, Eli is darling:) Savor every moment!

meghan said...

This is really just so amazing. Congrats again, Caroline!!

Melissa said...

What a sweet story. God is so good!! I'm so happy for your new family!

Lauren said...

What a truly amazing story, so happy for you and your now family of four :-)

According to Jax said...

Soooo amazing!! I talked to Mason this weekend and he told me some of the news, but I've been dying to read the official blog post!! I'm so incredibly happy for you & Fred!

Becky said...

What a wonderful christmas present!

CMae said...

This was the best post I've read all day. I am so happy for you and your family that has now grown!!!:) I know you'll be busy doing the "mom" thing, but I am looking forward when you do have time to update us with your little baby bundle of joy!!! :) Congrats again and may God Bless you!!!!

Missy said...

I am in tears! My heart is so filled with joy for you! God has his plans for all of us and he knew little Eli needed you two as his parents! What a blessed little boy he is! Enjoy every second with your new little family of 4!!

AbbyS. said...

Love this. So happy for you and Fred. Just found you on IG too and LOVE seeing the pics of sweet baby E.

Meagan said...

God is so good!!! Is it an open adoption? Are you going to share any of the details you know about the birth parents or why they placed him with you? I'm just being nosy totally up to you what you share. Your story has given a lot of people hope.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I am so happy for you and Fred! I know from reading that you guys have wanted this for some time. It sounds like it was just meant to be and worked out perfectly!! Congrats!!

LAURA@laurasblondemoments said...

Aww Eli is just precious! Not only an amazing Christmas gift, but a wonderful birthday gift too. You and Fred look so happy and I'm just so excited for y'all! I am still shocked, as it seems like you just started the adoption process. Merry Christmas and to a very blessed year!!

Laura

Lindsey @ Let the Light Shine said...

This is so, so wonderful! I love reading how everything just fell right into place! God is GREAT!

Kit said...

What a wonderful story. I am so happy for you guys!!!

Christin said...

So incredibly happy for you! Read this post twice and had tears in my eyes. Congratulations!

Erin Heydt said...

I'm through the moon for you guys!!! What a fantastic Christmas surprise for you. Now you and your son share the same birth month! Like I said before, knowing you as long as I have and seeing everything you two have been through, I feel such joy for you Caroline. It's really great seeing things work out for good people. My heart is just overflowing with joy for you. Enjoy the holidays with your little one. I can't wait to see the next chapter.

4 AM Runner said...

What a blessing, congrats on your new addition!!

Natasha said...

EEEEKKKK!!! i told you 30 was going to be your year...how perfect!! and talk about all in God's hands and on His time, this is an incredible story Caroline--many blessings to yall...my heart melts thinking of how happy you must be!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Caroline, I am just over the moon happy for you guys! What an amazing story and what a blessing! Your son is just beautiful and he is so lucky he was delivered to such an amazing family! Have a blessed Christmas with your new little one! Much love to you guys!

Gabriella said...

Congrats! He is perfect! I am so happy for you guys! Enjoy the holidays with this adorable bundle of joy! :)

TracyZLesh @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

I am SO happy for you - and was in tears reading your birth story of Eli. What a precious gift for you on your Birthday, to have it all finalized. He is going to have the most incredible home and loving upbringing. You are blessed, but it is truly a blessing for him as well. I am SO elated for you. Merry Christmas - what a joy!!

Britt said...

I don't think you could have asked for a more perfect birthday present! Seriously he became yours on your birthday? The Lord always has something bigger planned for us. Congratulations again! What a beautiful family of four!!!

erin said...

SUCH an amazing story! I just love the way God works!

Amy said...

So so happy for you guys! I've been a long time reader of your blog and I'm just so overjoyed for you that your dreams of becoming a mommy finally came true! congrats!

southernbellejm said...

This just made me tear up. So happy for you:)))

Meghan said...

What a beautiful Christmas surprise! I have been following your adoption journey and I am overjoyed to see pictures of you two with your new son. Sending congratulations and prayers your way!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I still cannot believe y'all are parents!!!!! It's crazy how perfectly this worked out for y'all. God definitely is all over this!!! Congrats again!!!!

Angela said...

What a beautiful story! I cannot tell you how happy I am for you. Congratulations on your beautiful family.

Mrs. in Memphis said...

Oh my goodness. I am tearful as I read this. So happy for you and your family! God is so good! What an amazing birthday blessing and Christmas miracle. Prayers and blessings to you all!

amber said...

Best.30th.Birthday.Present.Ever - way WAY more joyous than Costa Rica.

So happy for you. I love his name. He is such a cutie.

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

i could read this story over and over again.

tears of happiness all over again!

Meghan said...

I am in tears reading this story:) I am so happy for you. Eli is simply adorable, and I am so glad that a Christmas miracle found its way to you!

Kim said...

I LOVE HIM!!! And I love the sweet look on the judge's face!

The Taffs said...

What a perfect way to spend your 30th birthday! Congratulations again, and many blessings to your family of FOUR (counting Know)! : )

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Congratulations to you all!!! He is gorgeous!! I can't wait to watch your family grow!!

Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

CONGRATULATIONS Caroline 0 such a beautiful story and I am so glad you got your Christmas miracle - what a little blessing he is x

Parties & Cardis said...

Congratulations! An absolutely beautiful post and Christmas miracle :)