Sunday, June 7, 2009

Show and Tell

This past week I went to NYC. The dates happened to correspond with the one year anniversary of Luv Bug coming home. We were in NYC to pick him up on June 3. Here is a picture of us at JFK waiting for his plane to land. (with my MIL Donna)



The anticipation of waiting for all 200+ people to go through customs (luv bug and his escort among them) was enormous. Every once in a while a baby would come around the corner and my heart leapt out of my chest. Finally over 40 minutes after his plane landed we spotted him. Simply put, it was incredible. I wish I could remember all the emotions, but it is a big blur of relief and happiness and love. Our connection with him was instantaneous because he is an amazing, open, affectionate, and very social boy.

Our first embrace. Magical.

June 4, 2008 we flew into the Rochester Airport. My parents were there, family and friends all waiting to see Luv Bug in the flesh. Everyone who came for the "reveal" had travelled our adoption journey with us; they all loved Luv Bug. This was a big moment for us. For me I was finally able to be a mommy and show off my beautiful son. The four years of waiting to be called Mommy had built up many emotions. I reveled in the instant that we rounded the corner and everyone became visible.
I saw tears streaming down friends faces, cameras going off, balloons, presents. This display of love and affection for AJ and I and Luv Bug was something I will never forget.


A few days ago on June 4 I happened to fly into Rochester around the exact same time of day as a year before. I slowly walked up the terminal waiting to see those glass doors that changed my life forever. Tears welled in my eyes for many reasons- how far we have come as a family, the gratefulness for having found my son, and all the struggles we faced to get to this celebratory point.


Friday night we had a family party for Luv Bug. Nothing big but something to gather together and reminisce about the past year. We all feel the year went by fast, but we also feel that it seems like he has been with us forever. We simply cannot imagine our lives without him.




This is a picture provided by Luv Bug's foster mother. We are so lucky to have pictures chronicling his life prior to coming home.
All of our lives have changed because of him, the miracle of his existence and the serendipitous way he came to be a part of our family.
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22 comments:

Kristin said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Lavender Luz said...

OMG. I was feeling those emotions right along with you.

Happy anniversary of becoming a family day!

caitsmom said...

Beautiful.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

What an emotional post. Happy anniversary :-)

JuliaS said...

Your S&T has me crying! What a wonderful moment and a wonderful thing to share!

'Murgdan' said...

Awesome. Love this story. Thank you. :-)

Delenn said...

Happy Anniversay (or would it be Homecoming!?). Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story.

The Steadfast Warrior said...

It is truly amazing what can happen in a year. How much we grow and change. How much we have to reflect on. I am so glad that you celebrated such a momentous occasion. I'm sure there'll be many more to come.

areyoukiddingme said...

What a wonderful story!

Wendy said...

Thank you for sharing your story!

tireegal68 said...

thanks for showing and telling that amazing story and congratulations on being a year into your motherhood. You sound so overjoyed!

Clare said...

Incredible. Really, its amazing. The second picture with you and your DH holding him, was simply beautiful. The joy in both your faces and Im sure in his, meeting his mum and dad. Oh wow. You really inspire me and show me that adoption is a wonderful path to parenthood - it seems less daunting and more possible when I read your blog. Thank you.

Jennifer said...

This is so sweet and touching! Thank you for sharing with us the moment your family came together! :-)

Cara said...

I can only imagine your internal emotions as you were standing in that place all over again, people walking by and never knowing what kind of moment you were having.

What a gorgeous memory. What a beautiful boy!

Cassandra said...

Whenever I watch Adoption Stories, the first meeting scenes in the airport are some of the best (either the child meeting the parents or the rest of the family).

Happy Anniversary!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Your sweet story brought tears to my eyes. You are SO blessed to have such supportive friends and family!

Your LuvBug is a beautiful little boy! Congrats on your 1 year anniversary as a family!

Infertility is Hard said...

I had goose bumps reading this post. Especially the first picture of you guys waiting to meet your son. Wow. . . And happy anniversary. :-D

astral said...

Congratulations!! You have a beautiful family.

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing a bit of your history and JOY! :)
Beautiful.....
Lisa

Shelly said...

I can only imagine the emotions you must have felt re-entering the airport. Time does go fast, cherish every moment.

Swing by when you get the chance...I have an award for you.

Yaya said...

What an amazing story!

blueviolet said...

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I'm back online but my url is my own domain now. I'm stopping by as I move down the list of people to follow at MBC followers!

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