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"On December 6, 2015 we gave birth to our 28-week-old identical twin boys. Unfortunately neither made it home from the hospital. We started our adoption process on July 24, 2016.

Our final home study and inspection was set for August 27. The night before, I received a vague call from my mom asking us if our home study had to be approved by the court before we were able to bring a baby into our home. She knew of a woman who was giving her baby for adoption. After consulting our attorney, I called my mom back and told her to give me all of the information she possibly could. We were told the due date was in three weeks. 

The next day I received a call as we did our home study interview. We found out that the baby was a boy, and his due date was actually only a few DAYS away. The plan was to get in contact with the family so we could schedule a time to meet the birthmother. I squealed with excitement and we continued our home study. Moments later, I received another phone call, this time saying that the birthmother wanted to meet us ASAP, and that the baby would be delivered TOMORROW! Trying to keep my cool, I agreed. As soon as the call ended, we fell to the floor in tears. What perfect timing: that we had just finished our final home study the day before this baby boy entered the world.

I was nauseous the entire drive to the hospital. We prayed the whole way, asking God to make this as comfortable as possible. Meeting with the birthmother and all of her family was wonderful. We left that night so excited, but still nervous. We washed and hung all of our baby boy clothes that we had packed away just nine months ago, we set up the stroller, and we installed the carseat. We were ready.

The next morning, we finally met our baby boy! Our son was born on August 28, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. We were able to take him home from the hospital on August 31, 2016.

The coolest part about our entire story is that If you plug his birthday into a pregnancy tracker, our son was conceived on December 6, 2015, the birthday of our twins. TODAY is our 'gotcha day,' so as we enjoy every single sleepless night, we also celebrate officially sharing our last name!"


- Tayler #standforlife