Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sneak peak newborn pics

Hey everyone!  Again, to say we are thankful and overwhelmed and blessed beyond what words can describe, well, I am at a loss for words.  To come home from Georgia after a week, and be lavished on in ways I can't describe, is beyond amazing.  God is AMAZING.  Abby is amazing.  She is the most beautiful little person I have ever laid eyes on.  Her first pediatrician/2 week appointment (at 3 weeks actually because we were not home yet from Georgia at 2 weeks) was on Thursday and she did great!  Weighs in at a wopping 8 lbs and 2.5 oz.  Baby girl loves to eat and is growing and super healthy!

My darling cousin Teressa offered to come take pictures first thing when we got back, and was available this past Monday.  Little peanut was exhausted but she did great!  Here are a few pictures taken by my cousin Teressa King.  She is an incredible and creative photographer.  I think you will capture Abby's personality even at 3 weeks old:)  

Love to you all!!

 This is my parents piano.  Loved the idea of photographing her on it! 
 yep she smiles in her sleep a lot!  And look at those dimples!?!  I crocheted the edges on this blanket.  My Grammie taught me how to do that.  Very special:)
 Must have a picture in a tutu:)
 My most favorite pic
 This pic makes her look rolly, but she's very lean actually.
 Again the toes:)  This blanket in the last two pictures was my Grammie's, who passed away March 25, 2010, shortly after our sweet Esther.  Loved the blanket, the vintage look, and what it means with our new baby girl on it!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

She is amazing!

I am overwhelmed, and get choked up trying to process all this and the fact that we are PARENTS to this beautiful baby girl. Her name is Abigail Kaylee Joy Zylstra!! Abby is so precious to us and we are in awe. Still doesn't seem real. My thoughts are all jumbled, and i am running on zero sleep, and am super emotional right now. And not because she was up all night but because I was listening to her all night, make those sweet baby noises, and just could not sleep! So I am going to sign off for now. Thanks so much for your support, love and prayers! Man we feel them, and need them. So enjoy our first family photo with the three of us!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's a GIRL!!!

Wow, we have had an incredible miracle happen in this past whirlwind of a week!  I am overwhelmed and exhausted at the rollercoaster of emotions we experienced in such a short amount of time!  I am so grateful it all happened so fast.  God is so faithful, and a VERY present help in our time of need!  We knew He was in every detail that happened this past week.  To say to God that we are thankful, and grateful and blessed doesn't feel like enough!!
I will fill in more of the story later, but for now I wanted to let you know that God has given us an incredible gift of a baby girl, born March 1, 2014.  6 pounds 11 oz. and 20 inches long.  We are leaving at 11:15 pm tonight to fly to Georgia and pick her up!!!  We are elated!  Best.Gift.Ever.

Interesting story though:  Got a call last Wednesday that we had been picked by a birthmom, due with a baby boy at end of March!  We were so excited, I went out on Saturday and bought a few boy clothes.  The case worker had told us that birthmom wanted a conference call with us, and we were trying to plan that for the following week.  She had not responded to my email about a good time to talk, but Monday I received a call from birthmom's case worker, that he had actually been born on Saturday! March 8!  But only hours after that exciting phone call, I received another phone call from the director of the agency, who told me that birthmom changed her mind, she wanted to keep the baby!  BUT an interesting thing had happened, ANOTHER birthmom had also picked us as well, who gave birth to a baby girl on March 1!! And as far as she knew, we were taking her baby girl.  She did not pick a 2nd or 3rd choice, she wanted us.  They had been trying to get a hold of her to tell her that we had already been chosen, and that she needed her second choice (which she did not have).  Our agency had not gotten a hold of her to tell her that we had already been picked (by baby boys birthmom), so as far as she knew, we were adopting her baby!!   Loooooooooong confusing story, but this baby girl was free as of last night at midnight Eastern time for us to come and pick up.  I got a text from baby girls case worker at 9 pm our time, that time was up, and we could book our tickets to Georgia!!!  
We do not know how long we have to stay in Georgia, so we bought one way tickets.  We have had friends and family rally and help us get just what we need to take to Georgia to pick her up!  I can't wait for you all to see her, she is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.  I will post a family picture sometime next week!

Love you all and thanks for your prayers and support!!!!!  You have prayed us through this and God has done an incredible miracle in our lives and in the lives of so many others through our story!

HE IS GOOD! Blessings!

Off to Georgia~ Mo & BZ