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Hi. I am Elizabeth. 

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The story of how we came to be the Noel family- Part 4

The story of how we came to be the Noel family- Part 4

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Well, I suppose it is about time to write about how our littlest one came to be a part of our family. In all honesty, I have been putting it off because I am in denial that my baby is about to be one. It just doesn't seem like almost a year has passed since he became ours. I am so excited to share his story today- it all happened so quickly that many of you don't know this part of our story.... 

Bryan and I started the adoption process for the second time in August of 2015. We had felt our family had been complete for a little while, but the older Dex got- the more we wanted him to have a sibling to learn and grow with. So we were all set to start our homestudy update and we signed on with CAC in October of 2015. We then realized that we were going to have to focus all of our attention on fight for Dex to get an inclusive placement for kindergarten. That took many many months to get figured out, and once we did (he had a great kindergarten experience), we started gathering all our homestudy documents again, and getting our profile finished. We became homestudy ready again in August of 2016. As soon as we were homestudy ready, we presented to a situation of a sweet baby boy. His birthmom took several weeks, and we finally heard that we were not chosen. We saw several more situations, but didn't feel compelled to present to them. 

We continued our fundraising efforts, getting the nursery ready and getting our applications ready to mail to agencies. Needless to say, August was a busy month. September rolled around and we were preparing to send out applications- but all that would change on September the 8th. 

I was shopping at an antique mall with my dear friend Heather when I received a call from our CAC consultant- she said there was a sweet baby boy with Down Syndrome that was born in August, and his birthparents were looking for a family for their little boy. 

Now mind you- we did not set out to adopt another kiddo with Ds. We just opened our hands and said we wanted whoever the Lord had for us. 

So from that point, I strolled around the antique mall looking at nothing and calling Bryan to see if we should present. He gave me an immediate yes, and then we tried to figure out the finances really quickly. Since he was already born, that meant that we would need to get all the finances together really quickly. Bryan worked on that while I emailed our profile to the adoption agency and we waited. I picked Dex up from school and drove him to therapy. I sat in the car and traded emails with the agency, answering questions from his birthparents with my hands shaking. 

We heard about him at 11 AM on September 8, and by 4:30 PM I received the call that his birthparents had chosen us to be their son's forever family. I called our family, and told Dex after therapy (He was bummed that he wasn't getting a donkey), and rushed home where Bryan and I hugged, screamed, called more people and then things got real. 

The first photo his birthparents sent us on September 8. This was the first time I saw that sweet face. 

The first photo his birthparents sent us on September 8. This was the first time I saw that sweet face. 

We were so blessed to have close friends and family help us with the finances in order to help us bring Gus home since it was such a quick match. God knew exactly what we needed and he provided it through amazing friends and family. We also wanted to get to him as soon as possible- because we didn't want to miss another minute with him. We made a plan to meet him and sign papers on September 13. 

Another photo we received the day before we met our sweet boy. 

Another photo we received the day before we met our sweet boy. 

We got Dex settled with my parents and hit the road on our long trip to Florida. We got settled and drove to the hospital to meet our second son. I couldn't believe that my heart was about to grow another chamber. Being a momma is my favorite thing, and the fact that I got to be a momma to two precious boys is something that still amazes me. We walked in the lobby and waited for the agency workers to come meet us and take us to the NICU. We waited only minutes, but it seemed like hours. They arrived, and we made small talk, but I kept thinking- why are we still down here??? Take me to that sweet boy. 

We walked in to the NICU- this was my first time in one- learned how to watch our hands for 3 minutes, and followed our sweet nurse, Pam, over to a little plastic bin that held an even tinier baby boy. And can I just say- I didn't know I could love another kid as much as I love Dex, but boy was I wrong. In an instant, I loved this little human and couldn't imagine how I lived without him. We held him, studied him, and smooched his face- although since he was only a little over 5 pounds, I wasn't convinced I wouldn't break him. 

The first moment that he heard our voices. Cue all the tears. I think everyone in the NICU was crying. 

The first moment that he heard our voices. Cue all the tears. I think everyone in the NICU was crying. 

So so tiny

So so tiny

we were both shaking with nerves and excitement  (hence the blurry photo) 

we were both shaking with nerves and excitement  (hence the blurry photo) 

After a few minutes, we left the NICU (I whispered to him that I loved him, and I would be back as soon as I could, and we could talk for the rest of the day), to go sign papers and meet his birthdad. i forgot to mention that we have an open adoption- so we email, chat, and visit with his birthparents. I love love love that we have this- we not only gained Gus as a part of our family, but the rest of his birthfamily as well. Such a sweet gift. 

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The first meeting with his birthdad, and I already knew that I loved him. We got along so well, and you could see how much he loved his son all over his face. We sat down, and he shared with us why they chose us. Then he asked us if we had a name picked out. Augustus Worth had been the name we had chosen if we had another son. I read the name Augustus in a book, Worth was my grandfather's brother's name, and we wanted to call him Gus- because- Cinderella. (Disney fanatics) His birthdad asked if we would keep part of the name they gave him as well, and we told him we would love to keep part of his name so that we could share with him the name his birthparents chose for him as well. They called him Wesley, and so we added that to his middle name. 

Oh my heart. 

Oh my heart. 

That is how Augustus Worth Wesley Noel came to be our son- and we are grateful everyday that the Lord blessed us with him. He is such a perfect addition to our family. 

So thankful to be #noelpartyof4

So thankful to be #noelpartyof4

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