Monday, September 22, 2008


Today was a day of firsts:

  • Evie's first car ride. This pic was taken immediately before she spit up all over her new car seat straps and "going home" outfit from grandma (my mom). :)

  • Evie's first time in an elevator, in a hotel and in her fancy techno-swing. We realized we needed it after a few of her fussy spells in the hospital, and J's mom was sweet to bring it to us today so that we can use it in the hotel room this week. I love the way she holds on to her pacifier; it's her most treasured possession at this point.

  • Evie's first nap in her moses basket; the first time I put her in, she stared at the bee on the side in wonder. So cute! Can you tell she loves to be swaddled? We love it quiet.

Evie's first portrait session. This was an impromptu shoot to try to get a good announcement photo. She is lying on a blanket on a hotel ottoman and J is holding up another blanket behind her while I take pics. Looking at the results, I wish I'd ironed the blanket backdrop, but who will look at the backdrop with such a cute baby in the foreground?

  • Evie's first powdered formula. She seems to be keeping it down better than the ready-to-drink liquid formula at the hospital.

  • Evie's first lunch out on the town (with J, J's mom and me). She didn't peep!

  • Evie's first trip to Babies 'R' Expensive; we realized that we needed more burp cloths and wash cloths than we had. It's amazing how quickly babies go through those staples.

  • Evie's first bath (besides her after-birth hospital bath); she screamed, of course.

But, most importantly:

  • Our first day as "official" parents. It doesn't feel that much different, because all along we've been loving her "like our own." She is our own! I am so happy that I no longer have to qualify my statements like "well, we are planning to adopt..." or "if everything goes well..." or "if it is God's will..." We're not prospective adoptive parents or parents-to-be, we are the real deal. Our SW's visits in the coming weeks and our court date for finalization (10-27) are just afterthoughts to me right now. I have more important things to think about:


  1. I love the pictures, what a treat! I am SO happy for you...can't wait until you're home with that sweet girl. :)


  2. I love these pictures!! Especially her photo session pic, cuddling her teddybear. My heart just melted into a puddle!

    I'm so relieved for you and J, and so, so glad she's where she is supposed to be: in your warm arms and hearts.

  3. Oh I LOVE her! M ALWAYS puked EVERY LAST DROP of ready made formula. Who knows? It's weird. I'll bring you some enfamil today if you want.

  4. I love the pics - especially the last one!

    So, so happy for you.

  5. I must be emotional today because every post is making me cry! Evie is so beautiful, you must be beyond elation. I am thrilled that after so long you are experiencing so many fun "firsts!" Sometimes it's hard not to feel left behind when I read about my friends and the new additions to their family...but I know, just like God brought you Evie, there's a little one out there for me too. Enjoy every minute of your new bundle, she couldn't be more precious!! :)

  6. She is a sweety congratulations. I remember those early days so well.

  7. Congratulations! What a relief! She's absolutely adorable. I can try to photoshop that announcement pic and get the wrinkles out, just let me know if you're interested. :)

  8. Congratulations! What a beautiful girl.

  9. So so sweet! You are so lucky to have her and she is so precious. :) So happy for you guys still!

  10. So very happy for you guys!! You are doing so amazing! I was dead on my feet for weeks! lol. Love you!

  11. Congratulations on all these firsts! Momhood looks good on you.

  12. What a beautiful baby girl. I came to your blog through L&F - I'm so thrilled for you and your husband! Congratulations!

  13. Came from Little Smiths. Welcome to parenthood! Enjoy your beautiful baby girl - she is lucky to have found such adoring parents.

  14. Congratulations! She is just precious! Thanks for sharing the news at DS!

  15. Congratulations. She's gorgeous.

  16. Here from LFCA...
    Congratulations!! The photo of Evie with the blanket and the teddy bear is a keeper, wrinkles or no.

    And it's so neat that she'll have a sort-of cousin who's exactly her age, across the ocean.

    Best wishes.

  17. Hi! I love finding blogs of waiting, and new adoptive parents! I found you thru Melba over there on the side! :o)
    Congrats from the bottom of my heart!!! I am adoptive mom to 2 and I know the cloud you are floating on now!!!


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