we are home. as a family of three! wheeee! :)
thank you so much for your prayers and positive thoughts over the last few days. we could REALLY feel them! leaving seoul was a bit rough as we were delayed for 4 hours due to heavy fog. they didn't announce our rescheduled flight time until we began boarding, so it was hard trying to keep a toddler entertained at the airport without knowing when we would actually leave. but, we did lots of laps and checked out every little detail of the area near our gate.
oh, and choi boy proudly wore one of his many wisconsin shirts for the ride home to the good ol' US of A. :
once we (finally) got on the plane, choi boy was a champ. i mean, things could not have gone any better. he was happy to play in the area in front of our seats (thank goodness for bulkhead seating!) and even charmed his way into getting some snacks from the surrounding passengers and flight attendants. we walked up and down the aisles a few times, but for the most part, choi boy was happy to sit and play and eat lots and lots of snacks. which would explain the nasty poopy diaper we encountered about halfway through the flight!
he had some snuggle time with mini piper:
and even managed to squeeze into the bassinet for some sleep:
the hubs wasn't doing as well and is still battling this yucky stomach virus. the poor guy was running a fever and battling some nastiness throughout the flight, but was a major trooper and helped out a lot with choi boy. he is such a good daddy and i love him so much more now that i'm seeing him in this role. :)
we finally landed and were greeted by the most amazing welcome crew. :) i'll have to post video another time, but let's just say i was a mess when i saw all the people that had come out to greet us and our little boy. you know how they say it takes a village to raise a child? well, friends, our proverbial village (present virtual company included) totally rocks. ;)
choi boy was curious about all the people that were excited to see him:
and he was especially intrigued by the balloons!
after all the hoopla, we got some shots with our friends and family (though not with everyone, unfortunately):
with our friend, kaitlin.
our buddies, sandra and ben. clearly, the boys are thrilled to be meeting each other. :)
by the time we actually landed, it was about 3:30 am, seoul time, so we were anxious to get back home and get some rest. choi boy did well for his first time in a car seat and fell asleep within a few minutes.
when we finally got home, we were surprised to see this:
my sister, cousin, and a family friend had come to decorate our house! so sweet. and we were shocked to find gifts, too! (more on those to come in a later post!) i told you, my village rocks. ;)
after unloading the car, we tried to settle in as best as we could. our first day at home was a quiet one filled with lots of firsts and adjusting, but it was so sweet.
it is surreal to see this:
can you believe it? it's choi boy actually *in* his room!!! i'm still pinching myself!
we are loving experiencing the little everyday stuff with our son...
like eating together
and even brushing our teeth
please pardon the greasy mess that is my hair. a shower is not a top priority for me right now. ;)
choi boy is just amazing and we are so grateful to call him our son.
thank you again for all your prayers and love and care and support. our hearts sing with joy in knowing that you are all celebrating and rejoicing with us. thanks, village peeps! :)