It has been 2 weeks since I've posted anything on here. How did that even happen? (well, I really know that answer....I am chasing my tail most days). I'll try to do a photo dump the end of this week.
But more importantly....today is "gotcha day!" We've had L at home for one whole year. ONE. WHOLE. YEAR. How did THAT even happen?
One year ago today we...
...had gotten into Kansas at like 1 in the morning the night before and still didn't sleep much.
...got up early to find a target/walmart or something to buy a car seat and groceries for in the hotel. (trying to keep busy while we waited some more)
...waited to hear from the social worker about when we would be able to meet/get her.
...met L at the agency's office. She came right to me but not the King.
...had to take her immediately to a dr that none of us knew. (I hated that part)
...discovered we would get to meet first mom the next day.
...fell in love with a little girl.
In the last year we....
....bought a bunch of clothes. She grew through 3 sizes last year....and she's a girl! ;)
....potty trained (I think we finally got it)
....learned how to do hair very very different from my own.
....celebrated L's second birthday
...experienced the "terrible twos"
....became a family of 6
....enjoyed our first family vacation as a family of 6.
....answered more stupid questions from complete strangers than imaginable
(Is she adopted? seriously people! - One day I'm gonna answer "Nope, I had an affair with the mailman!")
L has shown us....
....girls like superheros too.
....and they can "rassle" with the big boys.
....mood swings start early. ;)
....so do opinions about clothes.
....the best thing to do in a car is sing 2 lines of the same song over and over and over and over again. LOUDLY!
....toddlerhood is fun albeit a little hard sometimes too.
...Kids are resilient....shockingly so.
The adoption journey has been an amazing one for our family. It was a long, long wait. Each of those years of waiting felt like a lifetime (see our story here). Now that the waiting part is over, time is FLYING again. It is crazy! Life is crazy! And it's even crazier when you have 4 little ones at home. Speaking of which, I'm gonna go join them....if I don't I might miss something.
If anyone reading this is unsure or has serious questions about adoption...the process, how it worked for us, whatever. Please Please Please ask me. I am an open book to those considering this option for their families. I can't answer all questions....but I can tell you what it looked like for us.