Its Official!

120238So its official! W and me and baby make three! Our 60 days officially ended at midnight on Saturday night and despite the grace period till 9am this morning, our beautiful tummy mummy ended it all by sending us a sms via our social workers last night congratulating us on the end of the 60 days! When the message came through, I burst into tears and couldn’t stop the sobbing. When I eventually did calm down, I went into my daughters bedroom and looked the most beautiful miracle as she slept and thanked God for what he has given us. After that, W, my mom, my dad and I sat up, all had a little cry (even my dad had tears in his eyes) and we drank down a couple of bottles of champagne to celebrate.

Today, if feels as if a giant elephant has been lifted off of my shoulders. She’s ours, she’s really ours, to love and nuture and raise. Despite the joy, I can’t also help but have a spot of sadness for Ava’s tummy mummy, I cannot imagine that the last two months have been easy for her and now our lives go on, hers will go one with a sore spot right in the center of her heart. I can only hope and pray that with time, the pain will get easier and that life will be good to her and that she will be blessed in many many ways. Such an amazing, deserving woman.

Today I’m off to the shops to go buy a couple of things for our trip and tomorrow we fly off to Cape Town so I’ll be out of touch for a while.

Thank you again to ALL of you who remember us in your prayers over the past weekend, for all the messages and emails of love and support, they really carried us through.

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  • Reply Lea White

    And little Ava will forever be proof that miracles can and do happen. She will be the beacon of hope to many, she will be destined to achieve many great things – you just wait and see. And Sharon, you have waited so very very long. Your 7 year labour is finally finished and now you can truly start to live and dream and hope. Whilst I’m sure that Ava’s tummy mummy will likely have some difficult / sad moments, she will have peace in her heart and mind that she has chosen THE most wonderful people to raise this very special little girl.

    You have no idea just how happy I am for you!

    February 15, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Awesome news Sharon. Congrats to you and W and Ava! xx

    February 15, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Natasja

    I am so happy for all of you!! Have been counting the minutes until 09:00 this morning. Many congratulations, now you can finally “just relax”!

    February 15, 2010 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Marina

    Congratulations Sharon and W. This is just so wonderful and I am so so happy for you. Ava is a very lucky little girl to have such wonderful parents.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Paula

    Wonderful news Sharon! Congratulations to you and W, for this beautiful baby and for making it through this terribly hard process. Enjoy the trip, and good luck with the travelling!

    February 15, 2010 at 9:44 am
  • Reply mariette

    Baie baie baie Geluk julle 3! Daardie 60dae voel soos 60mnde!
    baie geluk en geniet julle klein wonderwerk!

    February 15, 2010 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Daryl

    Congrats Sharon. I am so thrilled for you and your DH, and of course little Ava. Enjoy this incredible journey that lies ahead.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Julia

    Dear Sharon
    Congrats to you and W for being a part of the most successful adoption in history. I am so happy for all of you.
    God is AWESOME!

    ps..I just love that family picture of the 3 of you.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Beth

    Congratulations on this amazing news. You have a beautiful family! Keep enjoying your precious gift!

    February 15, 2010 at 10:03 am
  • Reply sue

    Yippee that is absolutely fantastic! Congratulations on your forever family!

    February 15, 2010 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Abs

    Absolutely goose bump worthy news Shaz! I’m so happy for you guys! Enjoy your time in CT! xxx

    February 15, 2010 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Adi

    Sobbing with you! Happy sobs! Phew. Enjoy Cape Town. Weather has been fantastic.

    February 15, 2010 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Rach


    February 15, 2010 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Denise

    Wow! Congratulations… I can’t say how pleased I am for you that things have worked out so smoothly!

    February 15, 2010 at 11:21 am
  • Reply K

    This post is a testament to ‘real’ life … Tears tears tears – for all the BEST reasons!! I also laughed at the “now you can just relax” comment above πŸ™‚ and I thought you were going to say you felt like an elephant was sitting in your head after all the champagne πŸ˜‰ shows where my head is at! Have a marvellously wonderful joyous delightful trip to CT – as hard as travel might be with a wee one – its really SO insignificant relative to this grand moment in time in your lives as a family of 3!!! xxx

    February 15, 2010 at 11:45 am
  • Reply K

    .. that was supposed to read: elephant sitting ON your head.. hee hee

    February 15, 2010 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Chopper1

    Oh wow! I can only imagine your immense joy! I’m incredibly happy for your you guys and wish you only the very, very best. Have a safe trip over here – hope you have a glorious, restful time!

    February 15, 2010 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Irene

    Oh Sharon I have not stopped thinking about your family this weekend and even came in to check at 10pm last night for an update. I am absolutely, positively thrilled for you that the waiting has finally come to an end and the enjoying of your precious little girl can now go full steam ahead. She couldn’t have asked for a better and more deserving set of parents!!!!
    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Trish

    AMAZING – too too awesome for words! The hugest Congratulations ever!


    February 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    πŸ™‚ Big smiles, Big congrats! I’m just so thrilled for you.

    February 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Gwen

    Wonderful, congratulations to the VW family.

    February 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply TJ

    This is just FANTASTIC! Congratulations to the beautiful family! Enjoy your trip to CT! May the special memories continue!

    February 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Alet

    My best friend told me about your experience with fertility and adoption, I had tears in my eyes when she told me the story! I am so pleased for you and your family!

    February 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!

    February 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    The happiest, most fantastic post – I have a huuuuge grin plastered all over my face (and feel a bit choked up all at the same time). Congrats mommy Shaz, you have finally, properly, arrived πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    PS Have an awesome trip!

    February 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Mash

    I’ve been thinking about you the whole weekend, and the tummy mummy too. Congratulations! Hope you have a great time in CT and looking forward to hearing about it on your return!

    February 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    CONGRATULATIONS! That is such fantastic news. I am so happy for you and your little family:-) What a blessing!

    February 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Katherine

    Sorry this is so late but had to wait till Chris got home with his laptop as home pc has a virus.

    Yay yay yay, so happy for you guys, what a miracle little Ava is and may she continue to bring you much joy.

    February 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply SCY

    Such wonderful news – so happy for you all. Enjoy the celebrations in CT this week! xxx

    February 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Pandora

    So wonderful. Enjoy your first official family vacation!

    February 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Elana Kahn

    Yaaaaaaaay!!! This is the best news of the day. What a perfect and fantastic Valentine’s Day gift for you. πŸ˜€

    February 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply rockmama

    Found your blog through various IF links- just wanted to say a huge congratulations! πŸ™‚

    February 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I am so completely thrilled for you Sharon! OMG, this is some of the best news ever.

    BTW, I LOVE that picture of you guys.

    February 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply jan

    so happy happyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappyhappy for you!!

    February 16, 2010 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Susan

    Congratulations, Sharon! Is the adoption completely closed? One of the things that helped me is a letter or picture of letting me know how he was doing. It didn’t take away the pain, but I at least knew he was being well cared for. It’s a personal decision and entirely up to you. But your right, it’s a tough one. Best wishes to you.

    February 16, 2010 at 12:38 am
  • Reply sophie

    Happy tears with you.
    What a beautiful familly you are !!

    February 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Hayley


    Wishing you and your new little family an awesome trip!

    February 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Nix

    Congratulations Sharon and W.

    You’re finally a family!

    May Ava give you many grey hairs and many, many more blessings.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Corrina

    Sharon, Walter and Ava,
    Offical congratulations on this momentus occasion. What wonderful news to hear!
    Christian and I are thrilled for all of you xx

    February 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    I am so happy for you guys! HUGE congrats to you and W. Hope you are enjoying your trip! You are such an adorable family of 3! πŸ™‚

    February 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Deathstar

    Congratulations on making it through the waiting period! You must feel so relieved and joyous!


    February 22, 2010 at 6:41 am
  • Reply tomi

    Congratulations on the official news! Ava is beautiful πŸ™‚



    February 22, 2010 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Serendipity

    Congratulations on everything going through, you must feel amazing now. You three are gorgeous together, such a lovely photo.

    February 23, 2010 at 3:53 am
  • Reply Jacksmom

    Congrats! It sounds like you have a good relationship with tummy mummy, and your family is beautiful. Happy ICLW!

    February 23, 2010 at 8:01 am
  • Reply The Barreness

    This is one of the reasons I love the internet – getting a window into such joy. Wishing you and your new family all the best!

    February 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Dana

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ Your daughter is gorgeous! ICLW!

    February 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Myndi

    What a beautiful post and a lovely story. This is my first visit to your site, so I’m not that familiar, but it was hard not to tear up. Congrats. What an amazing journey and a beautiful baby girl at the end of it all. So happy for you!

    February 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Courtney Boyle

    ICLW – Congratulations at the official end of the 60 days. Your daughter is beautiful and gives me hope as we wait for a match. Best wishes!

    February 25, 2010 at 3:12 am
  • Reply Ernie

    Being a tummy mummy and now infertile, I can say that your daughter’s birthmother probably feels happy that you acknowledge her sadness. She will have a hole in her heart forever, but due to IF, you probably do as well.

    This is such a happy time for you and your daughter. Congratulations!

    February 25, 2010 at 4:35 am
  • Reply Suzy

    How beautiful and how lucky you are! I did shed a tear, its just magical. Congratulations πŸ™‚


    February 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm
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