Hello friends! Please forgive my absence from other blogs (and even my own!) for the most part over the last couple weeks. I had a very very good reason for being absent. No, I did not win the lottery and decide to give up blogging. It’s much better than that!
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I am a momma. For the first time ever.
Yes, our dreams of parenthood have finally come true! A week and a half ago we adopted a sweet newborn baby girl. I am not posting pictures yet because things are not quite final with the courts yet, but I am now a momma and I have the sleep deprivation and formula-stained clothing to prove it.
The last few weeks of the adoption were quite stressful- the decision to give this beautiful baby girl up for adoption was a very difficult one for her birth mother, who wavered back and forth at the end about whether she wanted to go through with the adoption plan or not. That was really hard for us. In the end she knew she simply could not afford the financial cost of caring for another child, especially an infant, along with two older children she is raising. She loved her daughter enough to know that it may be possible to have a better life elsewhere, and for that we are eternally grateful.
There are really no words to describe how much adopting this baby girl, our new daughter, means to us. A big part of the reason that we have been so determined to get our financial act together is because we have known for some time now that our journey to parenthood would be via “the expensive route.” It’s been a long road to this point. We are so happy that we have finally earned the right to call ourselves parents!
So many things in our lives have already changed with the addition of our daughter. Our days now revolve around feeds, diaper changes, and cat naps to catch up on sleep! It’s been so much fun to watch my hubby become such a wonderful daddy- as I always knew he would be. And it’s been hysterical to watch our dogs try to figure out what is up with this new creature who came to inhabit our home. Our older wiser dog seems sort of glum and seems to know that the hierarchy in the home has now changed. Our younger dog is endlessly curious about the baby, constantly needing to be near her, sniff her, lick her (tries), bark at her, etc.
Financially our lives have changed as well- expenses are higher now, and our responsibility is greater so we feel the need to have even more in the emergency fund. But we have been planning for this day for a very long time- years really- so we do feel prepared from a financial perspective, which is a pretty great feeling to have.
Although the journey to parenthood has already given me lots of good fodder for future blog posts, I plan to ease up on my publication schedule on Color Me Frugal this summer a bit. BUT, I definitely recommend that you check out this post over at Cash Cow Couple regarding financial independence. I was honored to be interviewed by this fabulous couple for the article- thanks guys!
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