Tagged with missouri

Jackson’s Adoption Story, Briefly

(I’m converting our domain, rmcsquared.net, into our professional web site and moving all personal content to this blog. Eventually, I’ll have to figure out what to do with it and how to organize it. Until then, I’m just creating a series of posts with the .net content.) Robyn has always known that she wanted to … Continue reading

Seeing S

Two weeks later, I will now post more about our trips to Missouri and Pittsburgh. I was worried about seeing S: What would happen? Would she want alone time with Jack? Would she say or do something inappropriate? Would she refer to her boyfriend as Jack’s “other Daddy”? What would her mother do? Would this … Continue reading

Finally Final

I’m starting in the middle so people who just want to know about Jack’s adoption finalization don’t have to read through my verbosity. I’ll post the beginning and the end later this weekend. Jack’s adoption is final! We arrived at the Kansas City courthouse at 9am. There were a couple of cases before ours. Our … Continue reading

How It All Went, Part VI (Abridged)

We’ve now covered our first weekend as parents. Throughout our time in Missouri, I really did feel like an actress in my own life story. Nobody knew who we were, what we were like. Nobody was around to help us, or to see Jack and validate our experience thus far. I had been longing for … Continue reading

How it All Went, Part V

When last we left, Max, Jack, and I were speeding off into the sunset. Figuratively speaking. Jack’s little head looked like a balloon without any air as it drooped directly onto his chest, due to the angle of the car seat. I was sure that we were causing him brain damage with each passing minute. … Continue reading

How It All Went, Part IV (Abridged)

I forgot to mention a very important event from Thursday. At about 4:00pm, S’s lawyer showed up, and asked all of us, except her mom, to leave the room. During this time, S and her mom signed the appropriate papers terminating her custody. Jack’s birthfather was located, and was convinced to come to the hospital, … Continue reading

How It All Went, Part III (Abridged)

Apparently Max has 13 pages of commentary, and that takes us to when Jack was just born. I look forward to seeing what he’s written. As for me, I’m just trying to hit the high- and low-lights, as opposed to being in depth. When last we left, it was 10pm on Tuesday, January 17, Jack … Continue reading

How It All Went, Part II (Abridged)

January 17, 2006 My first entry in this series ended at about 5pm on Tuesday. Looking back over the entry, I felt that I should add more information. During labor, I held S’s hand or leg and tried to cheer her on and Jackson out. During an early break in the contractions, S said that … Continue reading

How It All Went (Abridged)

Jackson Louis Chittister was born on Tuesday, January 17 at 1:02am, after an emergency C-section. He spent 2 days in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) but is perfectly healthy. He was 6 lbs, 11 oz at birth. We took him “home” to our hotel in Missouri on Friday, January 20. That’s the short story. … Continue reading