There is something indescribable about meeting your child for the first time. In the delivery room, the child you have carried for 9 months or so takes their first breath outside your body and everything changes. In adoption, the two dimensional child from pictures suddenly becomes a real person that is now in front of you. These moments carry so much hope and joy after months or even years of anticipation. And these moments never become less special no matter if the child is your first or sixth.
Eric left for China 2 weeks ago. We had discussed so many different ways that Josie might react to him, what to expect daily from her and the adoption process in general. Our ultimate goal was “just make it home” which means that even the behaviors that seem challenging are better handled at home. And most fear based behaviors are normal and do not last forever. We knew that Josie had medical challenges that added to the layer of “what ifs” and I couldn’t wait to hear how she reacted to meeting him for the first time. Maybe that would be an indication for the 2 weeks they would have together.
I woke up Sunday morning, September 4th to this:
This little girl was so happy to finally meet her Daddy. I am sure she had witnessed other children meeting their parents and then leave the orphanage. She was waiting for her turn and this was her day!
Over the past two weeks, we have learned so much about Josie and her personality. Everyone says she is advanced when it comes to her cognitive skills and language. She loves to color and make art projects with paper and stickers. She likes to stay close to her Daddy and is bonding with him beautifully. He was prepared for a challenging in country stay, but what he got was sunshine. I’m a little jealous, to be honest.
She is also medically complex. There will be many appointments and then her treatments will begin. She is completely paralyzed from the waist down but she has figured out how to move around quite well. She will need proper equipment and therapies to become even more self sufficient. I am amazed at how much she seems to want to be a part of our family and when it was time to get on a plane, she was ready!
I will get to meet Josie soon. I am not sure I can focus on anything today other than counting down the hours and minutes. This girl has such a special sparkle and I can’t wait to welcome her home!
(I am breaking the rules of the link up a bit, since I wanted to share about our newest daughter. But I guess, it is Talking About Adoption, right?)
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