With over 100,000 children being adopted in the United States every single year, adoption is a common practice. Still, most don’t know the heart-wrenching emotions that are part of the decision.
Most recently, Utah mother Hannah Mongie went viral on social media when she released a video she made for her son two years ago.
At only 18 years old, Hannah had made the tough decision to put her son Taggert up for adoption, and their time together was near its end.
In the heart-wrenching video, she explains why she made the extremely difficult decision.
Hannah met Taggert’s father Kaden back in 2013. “[Kaden] was on his mission, and he came home in April of 2015,” Hannah says in the video. “We dated for a while and then after a while, I found out I was pregnant with you. He loved you so much from the very, very beginning.”
Like most pregnant mothers, Hannah went to the 8-week appointment and found herself in shock upon hearing her son’s heart beat. After the appointment, she immediately called Kayden. “I texted him and he ran out and he was so excited to hear it. He couldn’t [have been] happier, and he was hoping for a boy so that he could teach him baseball, and sports and stuff,” she explained through many tears.
Then shortly after, in a terrible twist of fate, Kayden passed away in his sleep from natural causes.
“I had a hard time even considering placing you with a different family when you were my last piece of Kaden,” she admitted. “But one day I woke up and I just knew you were supposed to be with someone else.”
When Hannah met Brad and Emily Marsh, Taggert’s adoptive parents, she immediately fell in love with their demeanor. She grew very close with Emily, even helping her decorate Taggert’s new nursery.
While Hannah was happy her son would be going to a good home, the situation was still bittersweet to say the least. “The entire pregnancy, all I was waiting for was these two days I could spend with you,” she tells him.
“I’m in the last hour of those two days … I just want you to know that I really, really love you so much. More than I’ve ever loved any other human in the whole world.”
“I just wanted to let you know that I love you and I made this decision completely out of love and if I didn’t love you, I wouldn’t’ have been in this position at all.”
Alright, if you’re like me and are basically sobbing at this point, don’t worry. The story has a more optimistic ending than you’d think.
Taggert is now one-and-a-half years old. He and his new family live ten minutes away from Hannah, who he sees once a month.
Emily, his adoptive mother, told said of Taggert and her other adopted son: “They will never have to wonder if their birth mom loved them. The will never have to feel abandoned.”
“They will always know their birth mother placed them out of selfless love and sacrifice.”