When I first met Chris, I was nineteen and working as a nanny for his aunt and uncle. We almost immediately became close friends as we started hanging out, watching hockey games, and talking for hours on the phone. Before I knew it our friendship had blossomed into love.
We dated for over five years before finally making it official and tying the knot. Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life and I was so excited to start our life together as husband and wife. A couple of years later we bought our first home together and settled in. Once we felt comfortable with our financial situation, we decided that it would be a great time to start a family. Coming from large families ourselves, it had been something we had always been looking forward to.
When nothing happened in the first few months, we were disappointed but were content to keep trying. At some point, it became apparent that something wasn’t working as intended. A doctor at a fertility clinic confirmed our suspicions. It was a tremendous blow to us both. It seemed so unfair. We had been waiting our whole lives for this moment, and we were now left to contemplate a life without raising children. We had so much love to give.
We sat down and discussed any and all options on the table but we kept coming back to adoption. We started the process of adoption by becoming certified by New York State. Then began a long search for the person who would change our lives.
In May 2013 we received a call that would do just that. A birthmother in West Virginia contacted us after having seen our profile. A month later baby Madelyn was born. It was truly love at first sight! A short while later, the courts made it official. We were parents. Madelyn has brought so much joy to our lives.
The unwavering support from our family and friends during this process was amazing! From the cheering us on to quietly listening, they have supported us in more ways than they will ever know. Without them, none of this would have been possible.
We would love nothing more than to adopt another infant and complete our family. We already know Maddy will be a fantastic big sister. Even at just fourteen months, she already calls her newborn cousin “baby” and is so gentle with him.
While we are very excited for this to happen we also understand that this is a very difficult time for you. We hope that learning a bit more about us can help make your decision a little easier.