Saturday, December 13, 2008

Introducing our DAUGHTER!!!

We are proud to introduce Amelia Paige Olson, born June 26, 2008!!!
When I woke up yesterday morning, I knew it would be a good day. I was having two of my college roommates over for lunch, one I hadn't seen in a very long time, and I was looking forward to catching up with the girls. What I didn't know when I woke up, was that my good day, would be turned into an absolutely, amazingly, great day! Early in the afternoon I said good-bye to my friend Amy, and not more than 5 minutes later the phone rang. Quickly running to grab the phone, I assumed it was Amy calling to let me know she had forgotten something. When I saw the telephone number of my social worker pop up on caller ID I froze. Things seemed to move in slow motion as I went through all the possible reasons for her to be calling. I answered the phone to hear her very cheery voice. Other than asking her if she was calling to 'just wish me a happy holiday' I have no idea what I said. After she told me she had our referral, I do remember her telling me to breathe! In all the years that my friend Jenny has known me, I don't think she's ever seen me so shocked! I'm so thankful she was here, because I was able to focus, or try to focus, on what our social worker was telling me without having to worry about entertaining Graham.
To make a long story short, I received our referral information over email, immediately fell in love with her picture, sent her medical information off to the International Clinic at the University of Minnesota to be reviewed (standard procedure with every referral), and refreshed my email every 30 seconds waiting to hear back from the doctor. Somewhere in there, I did call Jeff and was surprisingly able to catch him at his desk. Of course he was SHOCKED with the news, and the poor guy was heading off to give a presentation at work...I'm not sure how focused he was though!
I'm still trying to process the idea that I'm now the very lucky, Mother of two beautiful children who are 17 months apart...I'm going to be BUSY!!!
So, you're probably wondering what happens next? We've got some paperwork to complete and then every thing is out of our hands and into the hands of our government as well as the Korean government. I do have all the details regarding that process, but I'll save those riveting details for another day. Assuming everything moves along as expected, we'll be in Seoul towards the end of February to be united with our Princess Amelia.
Now the real waiting begins, the hardest part of the wait, the wait to have our little sweetie in our arms...
PS. Check back here often for updates. I'm so excited now that I have someone to actually update about!!!


Amy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Alex can hardly wait to play with her newest little friend- We are so happy for your whole family. You and Jeff are the best parents in the whole world, and Graham will be an outstanding big brother!
Hugs and prayers for you and the newest member of your family, Miss Amelia Paige! (Her picture is already on our fridge). We'll be thinking about her constantly, and anxiously waiting for her 'airplane day'!!

Steve and Krisanna said...

Wow! We are so happy for you!! Just this morning I was thinking about our get together in October (when you were given a timeline) and realizing that you might be hearing soon. We can't wait to meet her! She is only two weeks older then Benjamin!

Erin said...

YAY!!!! What wonderful news! This made our day. Graham and Amelia will be best friends, and what a happy family the four of you will make. We hope we'll get to meet her soon. Congratulations!!! Love, Erin, Charles, and Baird

P.S. Have you decided on a double stroller yet? :)

Kelly Good said...

Congratulations Olsons!! She is so beautiful!! Maddie is very excited to have another friend and only 6 months younger than her! We can't wait to meet your little princess! We're so happy for you guys! What a wonderful early gift this year!!

Nora said...

Melissa and Jeff,
I am so excited for you! I've been following your blogs (found the link from Erin) for a while now and I couldn't be more happy for you and your growing family...congratulations on the newest little girl.

Angela said...
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Angela said...

Congratulations! We are so excited for you! The boys are so excited for Graham to have a baby sister.