Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood:
A: We purchased our home 7 years ago with the intention of starting our family in this house. We love our house and have spent the past 7 years really making it a home and putting our personal touch on it and cannot wait to add a nursery! We live in a very safe neighborhood within a great school district. It’s an extremely family oriented area with a lot of parks and trails nearby.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: We love traveling within the state or to the neighboring states when we have a long weekend. Our favorite thing to do when we’re traveling is to go to baseball games-we have a goal to get to as many baseball stadiums as we can. We also like to travel to see family and friends that don’t live near us.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We have a 5-yea- old Yorkie named Ollie. We were super blessed as we feel we got the perfect dog for our family. He is very good around kids and loves it when anyone wants to play with him. He loves to snuggle and is always willing to give anyone lots of doggy kisses. Ollie loves when we go to the dog park to play and take walks on the trails.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: Our biggest hope is to raise a child who is respectful of all people and accepts and celebrates diversity. We want to teach our child to always be themselves and to be comfortable with whoever they are and to always stand up for what they believe in. We also want them to know that it’s OK to make mistakes, but that it’s always important to learn from mistakes. We also feel that education is important, but do want our child to choose the path that is best for them.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: Most importantly we always want our child to know that his/her birth mom made the best choice for the child and that the decision was made out of love. We will always be open and honest about whatever they ask and want to know about her. We will always be respectful of the relationship that we have with the birth mom; we’ll only share what she would want the child to know.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We have been wanting to be parents for so long and this child will complete our family. We look forward to watching them grow and thrive. We look forward to celebrating all their firsts (first word, first step, first day of school, etc) and experiences (family trips, holidays, sporting events, etc). We feel that a child brings such a great perspective to life and cannot wait to see the world through our child’s eyes. We also know how much love this child is going to bring not only to our lives, but to the lives of our families!
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: We took a road trip down to St Louis. On this trip we went to the zoo, the botanical garden, toured the Cardinals baseball stadium, took a walking tour of the loop neighborhood where a lot of blues singers used to perform, and went to the Arch. We spent 4 days there and on the way home stopped in Schaumburg, IL for 2 days to go shopping and spent some time at IKEA.
Q: Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your daycare plans.
A: Yes, we will both be returning to work after each of us takes our maternity and paternity leaves. Once our leaves are up, our plan is to have Missy’s mom and Jason’s stepmom watch the baby until they are 6 months old and at that point, we will be putting the baby in a daycare. Our plan is to find an in-home daycare where the child gets more one-on-one attention, but still provides opportunities for learning as well. We plan to change our schedules to minimize daycare time as much as possible as we want to spend as much time with our child as we can; we are fortunate enough to have flexible schedules where we can do that.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: Our feelings/thoughts for the birth mom would be respect, admiration, hope that they are at peace with their decision, appreciation, and extremely thankful for the greatest gift she could provide us. We will always have such gratitude for her and know that she will always be loved by us and our child.