We had gotten a short description from the paperwork of what they looked like and were so excited to see them for the first time. We told the hostess that we didn't know who we were meeting but that one in the party of four would be pregnant so they said they'd keep the eyes open.
They showed up, we greeting them and then talking began. It was obvious how much they all loved each other and how much they all were in support of the adoption. They told us how long they reviewed adoptive parents profiles and how much thought they took into picking the right parents to adopt their baby. We told them how honored we were that they chose us. That we would spend the rest of our lives making sure they made the right decision.
It definitely gave us some great insight into the whole adoption process. All the things we mulled on and were worried about really didn't hold a candle to the burden the birth parents bear in choosing who will be raising their child for the rest of their lives.
They were curious about our house and the neighborhood we live in. The birth father said it looked really cool in the pictures, but his mom was a little confused on the layout of our neighborhood because it isn't a traditional suburban neighborhood. They were curious about how the nursery is going, and we explained how its setup will occur once we finish the basement. Until then we plan to keep the baby's crib in our room so the guest room is available for our grandparents, siblings and friends can stay with us. We shared how we have been working feverishly on the basement so our family and friends could come and visit and care for and love the baby as he grows up.
It was glaringly obvious that the birth parents are so mature in their decision for giving up their child for adoption. We really question how we would have been able to handle this situation at their age. They are very strong and love the baby so much; they know the best thing for him is to let another set of parents raise him. And we are the ones so blessed to accept the gift. :)
The birth parents are the sweetest and cutest two teenagers ever! All of our fears melted away upon seeing them and hanging out with them for the two hours. We are so lucky to have had that experience and chance to get to know them prior to the birth.
The restaurant where we ate. (taken the next day)
We sat at the booth in the back left hand corner.