Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cameron update

 We have a plan!!!!  Our little man does not want to get off of his supplemental oxygen yet and since he is doing so well on every other level the Doctors are going to send him home on oxygen.  We will get to bring Cameron home on Friday and we are so excited!  The ladies at church have been over the top incredible bringing dinners and coming over in the morning and evenings so we can get to the hospital to bond with our fuzz head but it will be so nice to have him where he belongs.

And if you think Justin and I are excited you should hear these two!!!  Everyday they ask when their baby brother is coming home.  They are stoked!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oh my funny!!!!!

I love finding little gems like this on my phone!!!  I love that he recorded it in "shiny" mode too.  Perfection Evan ... Perfection!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Introducing ....

Cameron Justin Douglas

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our third boy!  Ever since we began the road of adoption 6.5 years ago we had heard the stories of a whirlwind adoption.  The adoptive parents get a call one day saying that the baby was born, go pick him up.  We knew the stories, but it seemed far fetched and we didn't think that it would ever happen to us.  We were wrong.  

Last week we got that phone call.  We had been chosen by a couple to be the parents for their child.  He had been born 3 days earlier, he was 5 weeks early, had a hole in his heart, and was born with Down Syndrome.  They knew about our situation with Evan and knew that we would need to take some time thinking about our potential life together.  This decision was not one that we took lightly, it was not a decision that came easily.  Justin and I needed to make sure we would be able to give all of our children (no matter who they are) what they need to thrive as individuals.  

We spent the next 5 days talking, crying, praying (repeat a thousand times) asking for Heaven's guidance in this big decision that we had to make.  We experienced miracles!!!  One of these miracles happened while we were working at the Calgary Temple open house.  While we were working our shifts at the temple open house God (unbeknownst to the rest of us) led Justin and I, our social worker, and the birth parents into the same place at the same time and we were able to have an impromptu private meeting together.  We had the opportunity to learn about each other, about the baby, and about his needs.  

Sunday we were blessed with even more divine guidance in the form of angel friends that have been placed in our life for more ways than one.  We felt good about our decision and we felt united.  The responses we have gotten are interesting.  We have experienced backlash, concern, excitement, love and several mixes of emotions in between.  We know that some people may not understand why we are taking on another child with special needs on purpose, but we feel it is the right thing.  We feel guided.  We feel like we will be able handle it.  

We are thoroughly in love with our little Cameron.  He is still in the NICU and we are just waiting for him to be able to breathe without supplemental oxygen.  We have been to the hospital every day since Monday and can't wait for our little (4lb 14oz) boy to come home.        

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Family Marathon

I am so proud and jealous of my baby!!!  Justin has spent the last 6 months living a healthier lifestyle.  He lost 20 lbs. and just completed a marathon!!!  This particular race was pretty special though because he was able to run with almost my entire family, some close friends, and a cousin.  The boys and I desperately wanted to be there to cheer on everyone, but I had a concert and wasn't able to go (BUMMER).  Everyone did such a great job and it rocked being able to keep track of them all during the day.  Justin completed his race in just under 4 hours and swears on his life he will never run another marathon.  I  couldn't be more proud of the hard work and discipline that Justin has.  We are proud of you Babe!!!
The Family
(Justin, Dave, Ben, Sam, Sarah, Dad, Alycia)