Thursday, February 26, 2009

Adam is HOME!!!!!

Well, it's been 3 1/2 months since we first met Adam and now he is finally home. We picked him up from the airport this afternoon and he was amazing. He was all smiles (and was apparently the same way on the flights ... he made lots of friends). He is much more active then when we saw him last in mid-January. He has three teeth (he had the very beginning of one in January). We changed him from his two layers of thick clothes to one short-sleeved romper and a thin pair of socks. He seemed thrilled to get out of the hot clothes. When we got him home, he found his feet! I don't think he saw them often in Kazakhstan because there, one pair of socks isn't enough. He needs footies on his pants and at least one pair of socks ... two if you take him out of his play room in the baby house.

He ate some apricot mush and eventually went to sleep, where he is now. A word to the wise ... don't go lifting the covers to show people how cute his outfit is when he's sleeping ... he may wake up!

Now here's what you are all waiting for ... pictures. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Home Stretch

Well, it's been a loooooooooong time since I posted on our blog. For those of you who know me, you shouldn't be surprised. I tend to procrastinate on certain things. However, good things come to those who wait, and Adam comes home in TWO DAYS ... LESS THAN 48 HOURS! We made it through the 15 day appeal period, Adam has been legally ours since January 30, he has his passport, the visa application is finished and Adam soon leaves Kazakhstan for South Florida. However, Larry and I are still in Florida. Of course, this means that we are not going to pick him up. We have chosen to use an escort to bring Adam home. We were given this option by our agency. His name is Oleg. We met him at the end of our second trip. We spent a day with him, signing over power of attorney to him so he can take Adam through the embassy process. We spoke to families who used him as an escort before, and decided that it was the right thing for us. If there are other families in process considering using an escort, we'd be happy to discuss our experiences with you when all is said and done.

So, on Thursday afternoon, at 2:05pm, Adam and Oleg come into Miami International Airport! Words can't describe how thrilled and excited we are. People keep asking us if we are nervous. The answer is NO. We are excited. We believe that we are as ready as we can be.

A couple of weeks ago, I had my baby shower. It was amazing. Friends and family have seen me (and us) through the process of trying to get pregnant and adopting for the past three years. There have been ups and downs, and my shower was filled with people who I love and adore and who have been such an amazing support system. It was something that many of us have been waiting years for, and it was awesome. We got lots of great presents, and Adam officially has more clothes than Larry and I do!

I will post pictures once Adam is home. I have lots of stories to tell about our second trip, which I promise to post eventually. This process has been emotional to say the least. To those still in the process, hang in there. I do believe that we ended up with the child we were meant to have, and that you will too.