We wanted to make sure M and K had as much time in the hospital with Corbin and never wanted to overstep our boundaries. I mentioned this to M a few times and her reply was, "I love you guys and love when you are here." We are so lucky.
Since M had Corbin C-section, they stayed in the hospital longer than usual. They really wanted M to stay one more night, but she was done with hospitals and convinced her Doctor to let her go home a night early. The first thing she told us that day was, "we all get to go home tonight!"
M's caseworker came to have everyone sign papers so Corbin could be released to Gregg and I. I'll never forget his face when he entered the hospital room and saw how comfortable we all were with each other. I was playing angry birds with K (M's son), while M had gone for a walk and Gregg and K (Corbin's birth dad) had gone to get something out of the car together. It was a look of, "this is not something I see very often." If you didn't know our story you would have guessed we were all close family. Which is exactly how we like it. He later mentioned how lucky we were to have M and how our situation was very rare for a placement day. We agreed. She is so good to us as is her family. We are so blessed to have them in our lives.
After everyone else had left and M and K had their "fancy" hospital dinner, the nurses started discharging us. It was such a different experience from Emme's placement day. We have all come so far since then. There is a trust between us now that was only a hope when Emme was born. We only knew each other for two weeks back then and now we have three years under our belt. This time around our goodbyes were thankful and tearful, but very calm and relaxed. Gregg expressed his love to them and we all got emotional. M told us how much she loved us and was so happy she could add to our family. She said watching Emme with Corbin made everything worth it. We hugged, shared another laugh and M and K left while we waited for a nurse to become available to escort us out. It was beautiful and peaceful. We will forever be grateful to our children's families. We truly love them so much.
|Corbin waiting to leave the hospital.|