Nia Vardalos on the Phone Call That Changed Everything
Losing 40 pounds over two years ago left 46-year-old Nia Vardalos feeling great. “I have so much more energy now,” she notes in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Shortly thereafter, Nia welcomed a daughter via adoption. “I was alone in my house because my husband [Ian Gomez] was shooting a movie,” she recalls. “The phone rang and nothing came up on Caller ID. I was curious because usually it’s just my mother or sister calling.”
“It was a social worker saying, ‘Guess what? You’ve been matched.’ So there I was alone and my mind was racing. I couldn’t call Ian because he was on set. I kept texting him saying, ‘Are you finished yet?'”
When Ian finally returned the call, he received the good news; Nia says there was momentary silence, and then lots of tears from the proud new parents. “I begged him to drive carefully because this dream of our little family was so in my mind,” she explains. “I just wanted everyone to be safe.” After a sleepless night the couple — who are “very open” to the possibility of adopting again — began preparing to welcome home their daughter, now almost 4-years-old. Calling herself “the original Recessionista,” Nia says she is “trying to be fiscally responsible with little-girl outfits.” To that end, for Easter she purchased her daughter “the fluffiest white dress” from a discount store for under $10. “It was so cute, and I was practically giddy that I was buying my baby an Easter dress,” she recalls.
Nia adds that she’s hopeful her daughter will someday meet her birth mother.
“I hope in the years to come she will meet the woman who gave birth to her. I want her to have everything. Ian and I just look at each other and say, ‘We’re so lucky.'”
Source: Chicago Sun-Times