I can’t tell you how much celebrating adoption with other families through photography just fills me up! I love using photography to give back to other families who have been down the arduous adoption road. When I got the email that Miss Reagan was born AND in Mom & Dad’s arms, I rejoiced right along with her family. They had quite a long and bumpy road to her, and I am so unbelievably thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome her into her new family also. The love Mom & Dad share for their sweet daughter is clearly overwhelming … it’s easy to feel just by being in the room with them for a few minutes. And I can certainly see why they are so smitten – at 4 weeks old, little Miss Reagan Mae was so good to me! She slept like a 5-day-old newborn, had the most perfect skin and had such a sweet disposition.
Instead of paraphrasing Reagan’s adoption story in my own words, I thought it would be nicer to read it straight from her Mama’s heart … here is their adoption story:
“On May 14, 2012 Rob and I were at work carrying out our usual routines. We had both reached a point of wondering if we were ever going to be parents. Around 11:30am, I received a phone call from our adoption agency saying that a healthy baby girl had been born 2 days earlier in Dallas, Texas. She was the sixth biological child born to a married couple who were unable to financially care for another child. Their love for their baby girl led them to create an adoption plan and in turn made our 5-year dream of becoming parents come true!
Adoption is not about a birth mother’s rejection, but an unconditional love that inspires her to put herself last and do all she can for her baby.
We were told we had 24 hours to arrive in Texas. We booked a flight for 6:15am the following morning. We arrived in Dallas around 11:15am and drove to the hospital getting lost several times along the way. We finally arrived at the hospital close to 1:00pm and still hadn’t heard if the birth family had signed the paperwork. In Texas, once the birth parents sign, their decision is irrevocable. I texted our adoption agency as we sat in our rental car outside the hospital. Finally, around 1:30pm we received a text to go into the hospital and meet with the Texas social worker … but nothing saying the birth parents had signed. We got out of the car and walked toward the hospital not knowing if we were parents or going to be told to get back on the airplane and head home.
As we walked through the hospital doors, we saw our social worker who said, “Hello Mommy and Daddy.” The birth parents had signed and the baby girl waiting upstairs was our daughter. We went up to the nursery and held her right away. Finally! We signed tons of paperwork and then were released from the hospital with our daughter.
We stayed in Texas 10 days waiting for clearance from Texas and Maryland to cross state lines. On May 25th, we traveled back to Baltimore and welcomed Reagan home.
Reagan is a healthy and happy newborn and now weighs 9.28 pounds! We have learned so much on our journey to become parents and as painful and heartbreaking as it was at times, our baby girl was definitely worth the wait!”
Please help me welcome baby Reagan home and congratulate her beautiful parents!