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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Renee

Reflection: Part 2

After we received and accepted referral, a large DHL envelope landed on our doorstep. We filled out yet more paperwork and anxiously awaited DNA testing and results. Once we had DNA results (a positive match between child and birthmother), we could visit our baby boy.

We received AJ's referral in September 2006, but did not receive our DNA results until the following February of 2007. We visited him for the first time at the end of February, beginning of March 2007. What did we do to pass the time from referral to our 1st visit and beyond? We waited anxiously on our monthly photos of AJ, created his Quilt of Love, had a baby shower, and tried to keep ourselves busy!

July 2006 (Received with Referral Photos)- 1 month old

We believe this is the very first picture that was taken of AJ; it was taken when he was released from the hospital ICU and his birthmother brought him to the orphange. This is by far the photo that makes us cry the most. But when we have down days, this picture gives us perspective and reminds us just how far he's come.

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