The moment I had found out I was pregnant, I was 18 years old and in my senior year of high school. My first thoughts after finding out, was it was either going to be adoption or abortion. Not once did I think about keeping my daughter. I knew that I would not be able to provide for my child, nor could the father of our baby. For the first 12 weeks I was convinced I would have an abortion. Then one day I laid on a couch while my therapist helped me figure out what I truly wanted to do. I finally decided on adoption. Not a closed adoption though. It had to be very open. I wanted to remain in my daughters life. I wanted her to know me and her birth father. Also so she would not have to question and wonder why we did not choose to parent her.
My decision I believe was the most loving and selfless decision I would ever make in my entire life. I had decided to give my daughter a family that is loving, stable, and can help her grow into a beautiful young women. Even knowing all of this, there is no doubt that this was also the hardest decision I would ever have to make. But I’m a strong person. I always reminded myself, Samantha this is not about you, this is about your daughter. This little human being that will enter the world shortly needs to have a loving, stable home. I could not provide that for her at that time in my life.
On October 13, 2010, I gave birth to the most beautiful girl. I had chosen a family months prior, but slowly after spending time with them I realized they were not the right family for my daughter. The day before she was suppose to leave the hospital, I told them I had changed my mind. The nurses gossiped and thought I was going to keep her. But the key to all of this is to stay strong minded. I still was reminding myself why it is I am choosing adoption. We put our baby girl in the arms of a family that take care of children who have yet to find a family, known as cradle care. During that time with the help of my boyfriend and my mother, we came across the most amazing people. From that day on my daughter had the most loving family. These people who are the parents of my daughter are the most incredible, selfless people in this world. They have provided love for my daughter and reassurance to me that she was in good hands. They are my family and always will be. To do this day I do not regret any decision I made. My daughter is happy, which makes me happy.
Adoptions by Heart
4605 S. Yosemite St.
Denver CO. 80237
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