Samuel Carey Wood - A collection of albums
Welcome to the place where you'll find Sam's photos. While the first set is the ever-growing album of captured moments, you will find specific events in separate sets (i.e.: Newborn Photo Shoot, Baby Shower, etc.). Stop back or subscribe to stay in the loop. I may add a photo or two once in a while;-)
WELCOME, SAMUEL CAREY WOOD
On Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, at 6:33 AM, weighing in at 6 lbs, 15 oz, and at a length of 19-1'2", this baby boy, Samuel Carey Wood, made new parents of Dennis Wood (Dad) and Jody Carey (Daddy)!!! Through the power of adoption, and some amazing people, a path started mere weeks before culminated into this blessed event.
SURPRISED BY SAMUEL
When we met with a small independent adoption facilitator in Chico back in February, we were told it could take up to a year to get into their system, and up to 2 years to be matched. Fast forward to early-April, when they casually asked if they could include our profile book for some expectant mothers. We said "sure", and it appeared that nothing would come of this. We then booked flights to attend Jody's sister's wedding in VA in the third week of April. Well, on Tuesday, April 16th (12 hours after booking travel), I got a call at 1 PM asking us “how fast can you make it to Sacramento?” (Oroville, actually). We put our jobs on hold ("family emergency"), booked seats on Southwest, got a car, and when the baby was 14 hours old we were the first non-hospital staff to hold him. Jody and I looked at each other, tears streaming down our faces, and asked each other how in the world we could be so smitten so fast? That moment was when we knew there is nothing we wouldn’t do for this little person. Thus began this roller coaster ride of a lifetime, and at 2 days old, he was discharged from the hospital and had his first (of many) plane rides...HOME to San Diego!
Because our plans for becoming parents several years ago never materialized, we hadn't shared with anyone about the possibility of adoption, especially since it was supposed to be a year or more out. As we sat at the hospital with Sam, in “communications blackout” (I dared not even “check in” on Facebook!), we kept hesitating to share the news until the Adoption Services Provider assured us that "this is real!" You can imagine the stunned reactions from parents, siblings and our many relatives, not to mention our close friends and clients. Heck, we're still in shock. We've been told that while this rarely happens, that because we were open to any scenario, and we avoided checking off limiting factors regarding child(ren) and birth mother, our possibilities for being chosen increased dramatically. Still, from all accounts, this is one for the books! All the stars aligned, and the angels rallied, and decided this was going to happen! Obviously we had NOTHING prepared to bring an infant home! Friends on the ground in San Diego started polling other parents on what essentials we would need for the first couple of weeks. While the hospital sent us home with a diaper bag filled with clothes and essentials, and a brand new car seat, back at home our friends began stocking our fridge, they piled up many baby necessities, and signed folks up for a different set of people to bring dinner each night for the next week. We are blessed to be among an amazing community of friends and family, which is why we consider Samuel "the communities' child". He is already bridging conversations among folks, bringing out appreciation for adoption and opening up hearts to what is possible when love and compassion rise above our differences. Samuel has arrived with a smile on his face and love in his midst. While some say he is lucky to have found a home, we are blessed to have him with us. Never could we have believed our hearts to be so full, but they burst with all that is good in this world.
In the weeks and months since bringing him home, we have been busy getting things under control, which we’ve been told never happens. Our good friends pulled together a shower at which 125 guests were in attendance, and some family even showed up online via Google Hangout. Though the heavens opened up and showered the shower, people didn’t leave. We were glad we rented a tent, and people made quick work of moving food and drink inside. Santa even made a trip from the North Pole to welcome Sam and to surprise all the other children (big and small). A tree-planting ceremony and heartfelt toasts were shared, and so many memories made.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this synopsis and will stay in touch. We look forward to finding out who Samuel will become, but from the looks of things, he’s off to an auspicious start!
Submitted with love,
Dennis, Jody and Sam; Oliver and Dexter, too! email@example.com
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