I have been through a whirlwind of emotion over the past six days. Do you remember that decision I was trying to make last Friday? Well, we decided to go for it. Our lives will be changed forever, and we are grateful for the chance to raise a one an a half year old baby boy!!
From last Thursday night until today I have experienced feelings that are incomparable to anything I have felt before. I don’t have the time or energy tonight to write the whole story of “Handsome”, but I do want to share some pictures from our first day together bonding as a family.
I will start writing our journey tomorrow…and what it journey it has been, only having begun.
We woke up this morning ready to go sign papers to make Jordan part of our family!
I was sweating profusely and kept having to use the bathroom. I was so many emotions at once
and so worried about he family giving him up…or giving him more, in my opinion.
How do you put into words that process of placing your child into another home.
It is an act of pure love….unselfish love.
Jordan’s mom and family wanted something for him that they couldn’t give him.
I am hoping a praying that we can provide the life they would wish for him.
Bug is SO proud of her new baby brother that I will call “Handsome” on the blog. She ran around with him all day and didn’t get jealous of my attention once, which is pretty unbelievable! They did however start defining their territory in the way of toys. I fully expected this and couldn’t help but laugh at them.
Handsome walked up and down, and up and down the stairs on our play house outside. He was so pleased with himself, that he clapped over and over again…and of course we joined in.
After he ran around forever, “Mack” and I hopped on the teeter totter with he and Bug. Handsome was facing me and I started singing songs to him…
*twinkle twinkle* *I am a child of God* *I wonder when he comes again*
Pretty soon his big brown eyes started giving up the fight. He held my gaze until his eyelids fell. I laid him down on the hammock with me and rocked back and forth.
Bug couldn’t handle watching so she jumped onand rocked with us.
and tickled his face as he slept.
I text for a bit, returning countless well wishes and congratulations. Thanks for being so supportive my friends! Every message made me smile!
Something special happened on that hammock
Our souls melted together
Bond for eternity and
I fell in love with my new son.
Even after he woke up, he laid there looking into my eyes for a long time
it stood still.
The chain of events that brought us here to this point are nothing less than a miracle. The spirit was so strong in our home today. Angels were with us, it was beautiful.
At one point he found the radio and danced…
and another point, jumped back into the big truck “dada” bought him.
Flowers were sent from our work family…beautifulGerberdaisy’s which I LOVE. As you can see there are apples and banana’s on the counter, and plenty oftippycups. All of which he loves. We are trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible, with the least amount of changes possible. His first name stayed the same for this reason, plus his initials are the same as daddy’s.
Eventually we made it to Mc Donalds for and easy way out on dinner. We were exhausted and didn’t even realize we hadn’t eaten all day. They ran around like crazy. ALL SEVEN OF MY KIDS and Scott!!!
Would you believe it if I told you that in the middle of our order the cash register started beeping loud and the teller called over the manager to reset it because we went over the maximum order?! I thought she was kidding, but she wasn’t.
“I’m sorry sir, we are going to have to have you place two separate orders because there is so much.”
I bust out laughing really hard and looked at Jon, “Well, that may just be a sign that we have too many kids!” His eyes just got big, so I laughed even harder…what else do you do? It took him about 10 minutes to lean over and say, “ya, that’s pretty funny…” Poor guy is still in shock, as are the rest of us!
It was like something from the movie, cheaper by the dozen!
When they finally got all of our food to us we sat down and…not ate..we got up and down, and up and down…man this kid is going to keep me hoppin’. He loved the playground and wanted to run around with his nuggets.
*yes I let him*.
Maybe at some point I will be more stern and try to get him to stay still, but not today.
Handsome is thinking…”Why does that dude look so weird?”
After he ran around on the play ground and we were packing up to go, Monkey yelled, “MOM, he is running in someone Else’s barf!!”
Ugg, here we go..
I ran over and snatched him up and walked out of the place only to realize it was coming out of HIS pants! That’s right, it was everywhere. Poop. On my arm, on his socks, and in the air. All the girls started dry heaving and I reminded them that they had all smelled like that at one point in time. He just smiled and looked around oblivious to all the groaning.
I put him in his car seat with a plastic cover and drove home to change the blowout. This wasn’t the only one today. He is breaking me in quick. Remember…? Diapers? Yes, I had a break there for about a year.
That was nice.
Dad made sure there was plenty to play with. He was wanted to do this for years!
After Mac Donald’s we went to Old Navy to pick up some clothes for him. He is a growing boy and had grown right out of everything he had. Just ask us how much fun we had picking out stuff to go with his brown eyes and big smile…
Imagine it…each girl picked out an outfit. Scott even snuck to get him some *darling* Converse shoes just like his! I LOVE watching Scott bond with Jordan. They will be so good for each other. He has already started playing ball with him and helping us make him feel at home.
Some funny things I have learned about Handsome so far:
- He LOVES to pick up trash and sweep *perfect for our janitorial company*. He walked around Old Navy and picked up a ton of stuff and through it in their trash. Some things I wouldn’t let him touch though!
- He LOVES to shut doors
- He rips off his socks and shoes the second he gets into the car and doesn’t like his car seat all that well.
- He gives great kisses and hugs, if you can catch him.
- He calls all of the girls “mama”. I don’t think he knows what else to call all the little mommies.
- He has a fabulous laugh and huge smile when he thinks something is funny.
He is a great snuggler when he finally gives into sleep…
Tomorrow I will start telling the unbelievable story about how he arrived in our house and hearts only after 4 days of hearing his name.