There were a lot of things that happened one year ago today. Rather than try and do 4-5 posts on Facebook, I thought a blog post would be easier.
Bennett was originally due on July 10, 2013. It became apparent that he was going to come early. We didn’t want to wait in Virginia for a call and potentially miss his birth, that’s why we left after church on June 30, 2013.
We arrived in Hot Springs, AR on July 1 @ 2:55pm (yes, that’s how vivid the memory is for me.) After we got the rundown on the situation, we setup an appointment the next day with our attorney. We needed to discuss how to proceed since the biological father was planning on contesting the adoption.
July 2, we met with our attorney. He advised us to proceed like everything is fine. The biological father wasn’t listed on the putative father registry in Arkansas and therefore didn’t have any legal standing. While we were meeting with Nick, we got a call…Bennett’s birth mom had gone into labor.
We went to the hospital and waited for the big moment. We didn’t have to wait too long! At 1:52 pm on July 2, 2013 Bennett Lee Click was born! Below are the first two pictures we took him.
Yeah, it’s was on our phones, but it was all we had.
Heather’s family was very excited!
About 30 minutes later, we were able to go up to the room to meet Bennett and his biological parents. Unfortunately, Bennett’s birth mom didn’t want a picture taken of her – but she could have been related to Heather. She was very nice and outgoing. His biological father was cordial.
It was an amazing afternoon. We spent about 20 minutes in the room with everyone. Then we had to leave. Bennett’s birth mom had decided she wanted 24 hours with him before we took custody.
As we left, they took Bennett to the nursery to get him warmed up. We stood there forever just watching him. Our son had finally arrived.
We had to wait another 24 hours. Birth mom could change her mind still. Biological dad was going to contest the adoption. But we were still rejoicing – our miracle was ready.