One week in and we’re in love. We have never had more fun getting to know someone–except maybe each other 😉 A few highlights:
Day 1: We left the agency unable to quite believe we were allowed to leave with a baby! We drove Teddy to our friends’ house in Maryland, where we were staying while we received approval to bring Teddy to DC, since he was born in Maryland. Just inside the door was a posterboard sign congratulating us on our “Gotcha” day =) And in our room were waiting several clothing items for Teddy. We have awesome friends! The first night as we attempted to put Teddy down for his first night with us, we made a desperate call to his foster mom, who had six weeks of knowledge about him. She walked us through it, overjoyed to be able to help out. I assured her I would undoubtedly be calling again. Little did I know I wouldn’t need to.
Day 2: Our first full day together! We did what all new parents do: fed him, put him down for naps, and exclaimed to each other over every detail we discovered. We did our best to encourage his dimples. Alas, while he is a chill baby, he’s stingy with them–which is probably just as well. If he dimpled all the time, we’d get even less done around the house than we do now.
Day 3: We got the other call from our social worker, the one telling us we were clear to take Teddy home. It happened faster than anyone expected. We actually decided to stay in Maryland that night, partly because it was already late in the afternoon, but mostly because other amazing friends were painting our nursery for us while we were away. We definitely didn’t want to get in the way of that project.
Day 4: After a morning packing (we couldn’t believe we could fill an SUV with Teddy’s stuff), we hit the road for DC, with a pit stop at our agency to pick up some final paperwork. The social workers gathered around to ooh and ahh and congratulated us on surviving our first three days as a family. We also stopped off at a recommended bbq restaurant for the first of what we hope is many outings with Teddy. It was delicious. Bonus: Old Dominion root beer on tap! We’d been home a couple hours when our pastor and his wife came by to say hello. They were so excited to meet Teddy! And they blessed us with an offering taken on Sunday for us! We have been so overwhelmed with the generosity of family and friends! Then, later that evening, we took Teddy with us to our small group. We had so much fun introducing him to people who have been praying for us and encouraging us for so long. We’re hoping to take him every week, but we’ll see how that goes.
Day 5: After a lovely holiday Friday together, we went to Nando’s! Had to introduce Teddy to a Chinatown favorite. Although, navigating the popular restaurant with a stroller proved trickier than we anticipated. And then we were assigned a two-top, which didn’t exactly fit with our plan to sit Teddy in his carrier on the table. Fortunately, a four-top opened up before our food was served, so all was well.
Day 6: We went to the ONE seminar organized by the friends we stayed with in Maryland. They founded a nonprofit called New Rhythm Project that is committed to raising awareness about adoption and encourage the Church to do its part in caring for orphans. Teddy got a shout-out! Then we drove to another friend’s home to pick up some baby clothes, including a darling snow suit. Snowpocalypse 2.0, we’re ready!
Day 7: The last day of the holiday weekend was low-key. We had friends over to meet Teddy and enjoyed their homemade soup and homemade bread. Delicious. Nothing like a meal with friends.