We've been following them throughout the adoption process, and we are excited to announce one local family is bigger -- thanks to adoption.
Sean and Marla now have a two-year-old son. We'd like to introduce you to little Robert.
Marla says maternal instinct kicked right in, "Instantly. I mean it was amazing. We were out playing with him in the park and he reached up for both of our hands looking for that security."
We met up with Sean, Marla and their son Robert at the park, just one week after he moved into their home.
"It does feel really natural. From the moment we met him, he took to us," Sean says.
The adoption process wasn't easy. It wasn't instantaneous. We've told you how Sean and Marla had to go through parenting classes. And have thorough home inspections, but that was easy compared to actually getting matched with a child.
Sarah:" You had come into this process hoping to adopt a boy you saw on Have a Heart."
Sarah: "And that didn't happen."
Sean: "That didn't happen."
Marla explains the emotions behind the match process, and not getting a child. "It is definitely just like a miscarriage because you start planning and getting your hopes up your emotions start going thinking of your future with the child, and then it gets taken away from you."
After that disappointment, they decided to take a break. That lasted about a week.
Sean: "All of a sudden we get a phone call from Washoe County Social Services and say we have this 27-month old little boy that needs to go out of the foster home that he's in now. He's 100-percent free for adoption. And I think he even looks like you guys. Are you interested?"
Marla: "It was almost surreal how fast it happened. We got his information on a Thursday, we met with his social worker on a Monday, met him on a Wednesday."
Sean and Marla say there are even more signs that Robert is meant to be in their family. Sean's late grandfather's name is Robert. Marla's late father's name is Robert. They both wanted to name their son Robert, and they met Robert on the ten year anniversary of Sean's Grandfather's death.
SEAN: "This is all worth it now. Sitting here poking my head in his room at night and see him all curled up in his racecar bed. And he gets up in the morning and I go get him up out of bed and 'Daddy!' And he jumps in my arms, it's awesome."
The first child Sean and Marla tried to adopt? They saw him in their neighborhood Wal-Mart with his new family as they were buying a bicycle. Ironically, the same night that they were buying clothes for Robert. That's when they knew the 8-year-old was where he needed to be.