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.