Saturday, April 30, 2011

Middle of the night moments

Even though the lack of sleep is tough those first few months, I wouldn't trade those quiet moments when I saw Blake's sweet personality manifest itself.
*Once he burped so loud it made him laugh
*I was trying to swaddle his arms and one slipped out, he raised an eyebrow and then laughed (I am sure the was thinking..."not so fast!")
*He could win a staring contest with his intense gaze.
*His face lights up with a sparkle in his eye when he smiles.

I love these pictures at 2 weeks old.  It just reminds me how small he was!  It just goes by too quickly.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The DC Choo Choo

While awaiting the baby's adoption paperwork in Virginia, Cody found a fun adventure for Louie to keep him active while I was at home figuring out which formula the baby could keep down...and sleep!
Cody would take Louie to ride on the DC choo-choo aka the metro. He loved to ride the long escalators down the metro station. The "choo-choo" passed through tunnels and over rivers as it traveled to DC. They would get off at different stops and visit some of Cody's favorite haunts in DC such as Eastern Market and his old townhouse.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

This was the first year that Louie understood the connection between finding eggs and the instant gratification of sugar in his system. He's not much into candy (yet) but loves cookies like his dad. He LOVED searching for the eggs to find a mini Oreo in each one! Matter of fact, we had to "reload" the eggs and hide them again and again!

Above is our first family picture with the new baby. He was adorable in his tiny white knit Easter outfit. Now, you know, that outfit didn't fit him the next week?! He's changing so quickly.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Surprise Birthday Party!

Louie and I arrived home to Utah on April 1st with an email from my dear friend Sara which stated, "Do you want a baby?" Through my jet lag brain, I managed to call her and have a coherent conversation about a potential adoption. Sara's sister was due in about 6 weeks and couldn't care for the baby. Cody and I were in awe of the timing and felt blessed to have this opportunity to add to our family again!
Eleven days later, the baby was born! Hence the surprise birthday party...yet, the surprise was on us! We thought we had six weeks. So if you can picture this, I immediately called Cody. It was 1:30 a.m. for him in Saudi Arabia. He was sound asleep. I keep repeating "the baby is born, the baby is born" because Cody doesn't come out of his sleep coma very easily. My next call was to our adoption case worker as to how to proceed with an out of state adoption. While on the phone, I am going through Louie's baby clothes looking for the swaddle blankets and infant clothes going down memory lane. As for Cody, he immediately hopped on a plane from Saudi Arabia. Once I got the adoption attorneys in motion, Louie and I flew from Utah to Alexandria, Virginia. After a whirlwind of 48 hours, there he was...dark hair, 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 inches and the sweetest little guy.
We met the baby on April 14th and left the hosptial with him on April 15th. Cody and I looked at each other, shaking our heads in disbelief of the blessing we were just given. Fifteen days ago, I was headed to Utah to sell our home and clearly now I am not! In the picture leaving the hospital is the birthmom's dad and sister.  They were a huge support through this process.  It really took a village to put all the pieces together.
Once back at the hotel, we were calling family and friends to share our elated news of this new tiny baby sleeping on our hotel bed (picture above). Again, such a surprise to our family and friends as he was to us! In a matter of days, our life and the lives of our family members have been changed for the better.