Friday, December 14, 2012

I should be...

Posted by Angie at 10:09 PM 4 comments
It's 10 pm on a Friday and my boys are all snuggled up in bed.  I should be writing, it's what I am staying up to do.  I should be grading finals, that is what's next on the task list, and they are due bright and early Monday morning.  But instead, I find myself reading through some of my favorite blogs, catching up on the journeys I have missed, and loading some pictures on my computer.  I am so blessed, so blessed, so blessed.  There has been sleep deprivation, diaper explosions, and tears, of course.  But y'all...I just can't put into words how wonderful and how worth it this all has been. 

Welcome home!
Loved his welcome home balloons.
Showing Levi his nursery for the first time.
First time in leaves
Grading final papers
No more presents under the tree!  Too much temptation for this little guy
Sleeping through a wedding in mama's arms
Much love,
Blessed Mama

Monday, December 10, 2012

How's it Going?

Posted by Angie at 11:44 PM 2 comments
One month ago today, we held Levi in our arms for the first time.

Tomorrow night will mark two weeks since we arrived home.

Wow.

How's it going?  Well, motherhood is amazing.  In both the quiet and the not-so-quiet moments, I find myself just staring at Levi.  Our son.  So perfect for us in so many ways.  Each day we get to know each other a little better.  Each day he buries himself a little deeper into our arms and our hearts.

Jet lag was pretty miserable, and unfortunately, we are still adjusting there.  Levi, the amazing sleep-through-the-night-with-quick-feedings sleeper is not quite the amazing sleeper he was.  Though we never planned it, we are co-sleeping with him in bed with us.  At first, he woke up every 30 minutes or so screaming for one of us to comfort him.  Now, as long as he can feel one of us next to him, he allows himself to sleep a little heavier.  Each time he wakes up and sees us beside him, or reaches over to rub our arms, his little head and heart seem content that we are still here.  Eventually, we will convince him that we aren't going anywhere.

Days are fun!  He is ALL play, ALL the time.  He has the scoot/crawl down.  He is sitting.  He loves to stand up while holding our hands.  Jumping is a favorite activity.  Smiles are plentiful.  Laughs are just beginning.  I look forward to the day we finally get a full belly laugh from this little man!

We are holding strong to parts of our "post adoption" plan and adjusting others.  No one is holding, feeding, cuddling, or changing diapers but my husband and me.  We have invited friends into our home in small numbers and Levi has been quite a little charmer.  We have been out and about some, which Levi also enjoys.  He has an ear infection, unfortunately, so we have already been to the pediatrician twice and have another appointment this week.

Speaking of the pediatrician, I'll leave you with one more little story before a couple pictures.  We chose our pediatrician because he is adopting from Ethiopia, and understands well the blessings of adoption, as well as the limited health information.  When he began prescribing amoxiciallian for Levi, I stopped him briefly. 

"What is it?"  he asked.

"Oh nothing." I replied.

"No, really?" he prompted.

"Well, I am allergic to amoxiciallian, so I was about to ask if we could give him something else, because Levi would probably be allergic too.  But clearly..." Our eyes drifted over to the smiling Asian baby in his diaper on the table and we laughed.  It really is amazing...it really is a work of God...how children can be born in your heart so strongly that you forget that you aren't biologically related.  And it's only been a month.

Much love,
Blessed Mama









Friday, November 30, 2012

Quickest Update Ever

Posted by Angie at 3:32 PM 1 comments
Poor little blog. We reach the most exciting part of our adoption journey and the posts disappear. The short story is that was are so happy. We made it through our immigration appointment in Taiwan, customs in the US, and arrived home late Tuesday with the most perfect little addition to our family. Jet lag is terrible (we don't really have jet lag, just Levi-lag who is keeping us up all night). We miss Taiwan terribly. More soon, hopefully!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So Thankful

Posted by Angie at 9:49 AM 5 comments
We have SO much to be thankful for this year.

We are thankful to be seeing so many wonderful and interesting things in Taiwan.









We are thankful that we are eating such delicious food.



We are thankful that our AIT appointment went REALLY well and that we are cleared to fly home next week.

We are thankful that we did meet Levi's first mother.   Thankful that we got to thank her for the most precious gift she has given to us and thankful that we have pictures and some conversations we can share with Levi.  We are thankful that she put her fingerprint on our "Leaves of Love" tree for Levi's room.

We are thankful for the fantastic people at His Hands who have shown us so much love.


And we are thankful that this year, this wonderful year, we get to spend Thanksgiving with our son.




Much love,
Blessed Mama

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Update from Taiwan

Posted by Angie at 10:37 AM 6 comments
Just a quick little update!  Things are going really well.  Levi and I both have colds, which aren't so fun, but we are still sharing so many wonderful bonding moments together as a new little family.  Let these pictures tell the story...











Much love,
Blessed Mama

Saturday, November 10, 2012

First Day in Pictures

Posted by Angie at 5:10 PM 9 comments
First diaper change = peed on.

First nap time = disaster.

Getting to hold our son and make him smile = priceless.

A few pictures from our first wonderful day!!!







Much love,
Blessed Mama
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