I reached out to Bug's birthmother. In the two months since that initial letter, my son's first mom and I have been writing back and forth every week or two. I tell her stories. I answer questions. I reassure her that Bug is growing up loved beyond measure in a home free from dysfunction and chaos. She gives me pieces of his history. She tells me her hopes and dreams for him. She thanks me over and over for reaching out and giving her a chance that she feels she doesn't deserve.
It's a strange thing to have such a monumental connection to a woman you've never met - a connection to a woman who is so very different from you, and I know she feels the same. I cling to every word as I piece together our son's past - where he came from and how he came to be mine. She locks away every detail that I share about our son's present - his likes and dislikes, silly stories, and personality traits. I smile when she responds with "Oh my goodness! I know where he gets that! His father used to do that all the time!" or "You said he loves cars and he loves to read, so I'm really hoping I can find a car book next time." She cries happy tears when I send her little momentos like a handmade Mother's Day card from Bug and school photos - all things that she thought she would never be able to see when she signed relinquishment papers last September.
It's all still new, and we are still slowly figuring out the details of what we want this relationship to look like. I am adament that any direct contact with Bug will not be happening until he is much older and able to help make that decision himself. She completely agrees because she doesn't want to confuse him or let him down in any way. I worry that frequent letters will cause her more pain than comfort when she reads about what all she is missing every day, and she worries that she will share too much about her past and how she was raised and I will decide that it's not worth the risk. It's a balancing act, but it's one that I truly believe is worth every ounce of effort we can put into it for Bug's sake.
I don't typically ask for prayers, but please lift up Bug's first mother over the coming weeks/months. Please pray that she can feel my hope for her and my faith that she can overcome her addictions and learn to live a life that is not filled with dysfunction and chaos. Pray that she can feel God's love and know that she is not alone and that this time she has people who believe in her and who are lifting her up in the best way they know how. She is lost and struggling, but wants so badly to find a life outside of what she has always known. As hard as it was for her to admit to herself that she couldn't be allowed to parent her son, she knows that he is exactly where he is meant to be, and we are both so hopeful that by seeing my love for him and how he is being raised, she'll get her first glimpse into how things should be. Please just remember her in your prayers. That's probably the best thing I can do for the woman who gave my son life.