Sunday, December 10, 2006

Introducing the little Monkey!





I am sitting here at the hotel and all is quiet. Jim is taking a nap and most of the other guests are out or in their rooms. The boy is sitting in a little seat on the desk next to my computer as I type. Every time I look over at him he smiles at me.

I had wanted to write a post to those still on the journey to adoption. To somehow convey to them how all of the years of trying and waiting, the heartache, the sadness, the nervousness, all of it, goes away the instant, and I mean the INSTANT you meet your child. But then I realized you really cannot understand this until it happens to you. I would devour adoption blogs and try to imagine what it was like when people met their child. I thought I could understand their excitement and joy. But what I felt was only one TENTH of what it actually feels like. I look at this precious baby and I cry every time. How on earth were we so blessed to be matched with this boy. The connection was instantaneous. It truly feels as though I have given birth to this child. A very long and painful labor for sure, but as with “real” births, completely and utterly worth it in the end.

So if you are still on the journey, please hang in there. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is bigger than you can ever imagine.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH my oH my he is so so

ADROABLE!!!!!

so so blessed!!!

Julie said...

What a cutie pie! I'm so happy that you've been blessed with such a darling little boy!

Bezzie said...

Oh my word what a ham!!! I love that intellectual pose there in the first picture and then the crazy face at the end. What a sweetie!!! And those cheeks!

Erin said...

Awesome, Stephanie. And you are totally right. It's difficult to explain to people how those first few moments feel -- like landing on the moon. Maybe even better than that.

You all look wonderful. And I hope you get Sentencia soon, too.

Denise :o) said...

Oh Stephanie!!! He's just beautiful!!!!! :o)))) I'm sooo sooo sooo happy for you!!!

What a beautiful family. Hope you get to come home soon!!

Sonya said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
chou-chou said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
jeneflower said...

I am so happy for your family! You deserve to have such happiness!

Anonymous said...

I'm in tears. Thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement.
He is so cute. I love his smile. Great looking family.

allegra918 said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
allegra918 said...

What a cutie! And what a beautiful family! You and your journey are such an inspiration to those out there hoping to be blessed as you have been!

Sharon G. said...

ACK, he's too stinkin cute! Look at those cheeks! Congrats, Momma, you got yourself one handsome little guy.

And, seriously, he could be my Nia's twin. He looks just like her at that age. Don't believe me? Look here:

http://www.imarried.jongilmore.com/webpics/Nia/month3/smiles.jpg

and here:

http://www.imarried.jongilmore.com/webpics/Nia/month3/grin.jpg

Jenni said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

pictures, yay!
Beautiful family shot. You just look like you belong together.
So happy for you.

mo said...

You are in trouble!! Just try to say no to THAT face! Seriously, he is gorgeous. And I love your comments about all of the pain and waiting and frustration melting away when you see your baby's face for the first time. I am still drunk on Mama love 7 years later so that feeling doesn't go away.

Elle said...

I've told you once, I've told you a million times... he is just the cutest thing evah!!! I love the last photo. But secretly, what I like more, having a fact to put with your name.

Karin said...

He's just handsome! And he looks just as happy as you two!

Ruth said...

He's beautiful and he looks very relaxed and happy with his family. He's going to be a charmer.

wavybrains said...

You guys were made for each other--what a perfect, amazing family you make. You all look so radiant and happy. I love your dress-that is gorgeous. And what a cutie! I love his different expressions.

Barely Sane said...

What a cutie!!! Love his looks - total camera ham.

Glad to hear everything is moving along well. Guess that troll of yours was just jealous? Hopefully you guys get out of there quickly.

Thalia said...

He is lovely! Congratulations again.

OHN said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
del said...

OH MY GOSH, HE IS GORGEOUS!!! You all are so fortunate & blessed & lucky. I am so, so happy for you!

Beagle said...

He is gorgeous and you guys look great together: comfortable and meant to be!

Congratulations!

Karen said...

Congratulations! What cuteness! I'm just so happy for you!

Ani said...

He is such a handsome little man! I know you are in LOVE. Congratulations, I'm thrilled for you and your family.

Miss Scarlett said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
karen said...

I am the grandmother of a soon to be Colombian adoption. I understood all of your pain and frustration fron the infertility to the waiting on this beautiful little boy,I know he was worth the wait. Thank you for sharing so freely with us strangers but we are not really strangers in the heart. My daughter and son in law have been waiting for the call for 14 months. I look for your very interesting blog everynight before I go to bed. Again thank you for your encourgement. I know it will happen for us soon.

Laura said...

Oh my, oh my....he is just gorgeous! Congrats again. I do hope you get sentencia soon and get to bring him home before Christmas. Yes, the moment of meeting your child is unexplainable. I can't wait to go through that again! Hugs.

julianna said...

He is too precious for words!

I am so very happy for you and your lovely family.

Thank you for updating us so regularly and FINALLY letting us see your son.

So beautiful!

Carrie said...

He is adorable! What a sweet face! I'm crossing my fingers that you get to bring him home before Christmas.

Anonymous said...

He's one handsome little guy.

Thanks for the kind words to all of us that are still waiting.

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS! What a CUTIE!! I love all of the pictures. SO wonderful!! Congrats, you're a FAMILY!!!

Anonymous said...

He's so perfect--he looks like he belongs in your family. I know I've been absent a lot, but I'm still thinking 'bout you--and just looking at his pictures makes me cry. Congratulations to the 12th degree...

MMrussianadoption said...

I like the last picture the best. He is a cutie patootie. G-d Bless the 3 of you. Enjoy this experience in Columbia with him.

Tricia said...

oh my god what a cutie pie. love the last photo. he looks like he's a FUN baby! congrats a million times.

and it's neat seeing a pic of you / your husband.

Twinsanity said...

What an absolutely glorious chunk of boy!! I want to nuzzle his cheekies.

Your family is beautiful, Stephanie. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Love the photos!. He looks so cute. I'm so happy for you and your family. (Look, it's another excuse to buy yarn!)

Sig said...

OH MY GOD!! Is he cute or WHAT???
We are so lucky to be blessed with these babies. An dyou just don't know the depth or your emotions till you have them in your arms. Amazing.
Ok, now we want more pics :p

MAMB said...

Oh Stephanie! He is so beautiful! Wow! Thanks for finally showing him off!

Leggy said...

Great pictures- I love the one of the three of you. I'm so happy that you are finally getting to experience the joy that is parenthood. Its really amazing, isn't it? Congratulations!

Stephanie said...

What a happy looking little boy! You make such a beautiful family--he totally belongs right there with you both. :)

Roxie said...

That last happy, goofy face just takes the cake. What asweetie! You lucky, lucky mom!

-Jenny said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Lauri said...

goose bumps worthy cuteness.... Oh My .. that face of his is so kissable

Congrats Mama

Anonymous said...

Thank you for you words of encouragment! I totally needed them right when I read them. Congrats on your beautiful boy!!!!

Shelby said...

He's absolutely precious! You're going to have a little heartbreaker on your hands!!

Brian & Rebeca said...

Congratulations!! I have been away for a while at the blog world because of busy stuff - and I am glad I just checked on you! Wow - What a beautiful boy!
Have a great time in Colombia while you become a family!!! that's priceless