Monday, December 27, 2010

reflections.

we have been home with choi boy for a week now and have been together for ten days total.

it's crazy how much our lives have changed in those ten days!

our days are now filled with toddler-chasing, laundering tiny clothes, picking up lots of toys (how can ONE child make SUCH a mess??), singing silly songs, climbing stairs again and again and again, and laughing and "awwwwwwww"ing a lot. :)

suddenly, moments like these are our new normal:
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my two babies, together at last. :)

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choi boy does this when piper licks his face. it's simultaneously cute and gross and disgusting. we're trying to get choi boy to stop doing this, but every time he does it, we're laughing so hard we can't tell him to stop!

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this one is blurry, but the story is so cute...after sharing his food with piper all week, choi boy expected something in return. he's standing in front of piper as she eats going, "ah! ah!" as if piper's going to pop some kibble into his mouth! (psst, look at piper's awesome bandana! more on this and the sweet, sweet friend that made it to come!)

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enjoying the box from grandma and grandpa choi more than the actual present. :)

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"stop taking pictures, momma!"

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kisses through the crib bars...so sweet.

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a semi-decent family shot -- choi boy just woke up. but how cute is his little peacoat? thanks, april! :)

i've been reflecting a lot on our journey up until this point. our time of waiting was so incredibly hard. the daily wake-ups picturing our boy's face and not knowing when we'd have him home. the walking past an empty nursery, which was an extra reminder of our empty arms. the ever-changing timeline. the aching and longing for a child we had yet to meet but still missed very much...

a lot of people said that i would forget the wait once choi boy was home. and while i don't think i'll ever *forget* how hard and painful it was, choi boy being home has certainly made the wait worth the while.

with our son home, i know now that i would do it ALL over again and then some to have our sweet boy in our arms. it was certainly difficult, but the joy of having this little one *home* is so much greater.

i can't believe i get to look at this little face ALL day and be blessed with such sweet smiles...
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31 comments:

  1. So beautiful!!!
    I totally agree that you *never* forget the wait. But having your child(ren) home makes it seem, in retrospect, more bearable. The pain of the wait sort of fades and is replaced by the joy that is your child. It's amazing how the latter forces the former out of your mind :)
    Ok. The Piper-ChoiBoy friendship is soooooo freaking adorable! I love that they're totally best buds from the outset. However, (and please don't hate) the french-kissing with Piper is kinda grossing me out. I'm a total animal lover, but exchanging saliva might just be where I draw the line. ;) Let's just say you're a braver mama than I!

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  2. Isn't it amazing how much life changes with a little one?! I love that Carson and Piper are loving each other so much and sharing kisses and food. How sweet! Carson's smile is adorable--I can see why you enjoy seeing it all day. :)

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  3. I love seeing the pictures of all of you together....and of CB and Piper becoming best friends!

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  4. love the pics w/piper & Choi boy...actually, I love all the pictures :)

    it is amazing how quickly your life changes when you become parents. i know after such a long and sometimes painful wait, it makes it that much sweeter.

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  5. how incredible! i couldn't stop smiling the whole time i was reading this and looking at the pictures! so glad he is finally home :)

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  6. Great post! Funny how quickly your life changes, huh? Sorry I've been MIA, but we were traveling for the holidays and I'm just getting back into the blogging world. I did manage to catch myself up on *all* of your posts though! I am so, so, SOOOOO happy for you guys. It's so crazy to think about how long we wait and how much we imagine having them home in our arms, and then one day, POOF, they're here! Just amazing.

    Oh and Choi boy will ALWAYS love the boxes more than the toys. LOL.

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  7. I'm so thrilled at how well things are going. It's like he's always been there!

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  8. Glad you are all doing so well. The pictures are great!! Thanks for the reminder that this never-ending wait will end and will be totally worth it!!

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  9. Aww...what a great big sister piper is! They are quite a cute pair. Looks like parenthood was made for you guys!

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  10. How precious is your son Grace! Your SON!!! Is it super weird to say that now? It shouldn't be, it looks like you and hubs are naturals. And GO PIPER being such a good big sis!

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  11. Very, very sweet. I'm so happy for all of you. CB looks so comfortable, calm and happy. I'm laughing at his preference for sucking his middle fingers because my 5 1/2 year old daughter does that. STILL! It is now an indicator of her being tired, which is much better than whining :).

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  12. Choi boy fits into his family so well, look at him and Piper!!! The pictures are wonderful and show how happy and comfortable he looks in his home.

    PS. Parker has that farm (well has three farms..) but he is OBSESSED with that one. Probably bc the horse eat and he loves to eat.

    Merry Christmas!

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  13. the licking photo with piper is so cute. also finally viewed your last set of videos! he is superdupergorgeous. glad you are having these wonderful moments. yay!

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  14. Peacoat is cute! Glad it fits :) Love you guys!

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  15. This is such a great post on so many levels... I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing both your babies together!!! (And it's so funny how they interact, no?!) Almost 18 months later, I still haven't forgotten how hard the wait was... but I appreciate it more and more every day. Seems to me we think a lot alike! ;-)

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  16. What a beatiful post - made me laugh out loud (the C&P kissing pic) and tear up (your reflections). So happy for you & Peter!

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  17. cute pics. it does make a difference having your child in your home. So happy for you.

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  18. i love each and every one of these photos but of course i am dying over the photos of piper and carson together! that tongue shot is HYSTERICAL!!! and i've been there with being grossed out and cracking up all at the same time....we have video of a certain tongue bath that noah got from simon. ewwwww!!!

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  19. Dang it Grace. You keep making me cry! You guys look lovely together and I love Piper and Carson together too!

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  20. Okay....can Choi Boy get any cuter??? That jacket...ugh! And, is that the infamous track jacket I see??? Anyway, he is completely adorable. And, he looks sooooo happy!

    So happy for you three (and a half!) and hope you had an amazing holiday with your boy home!

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  21. Hey Grace! Love your pictures of Choi boy and so happy that he is home where he belongs! I was poking around your site and when you get time (ha ha) you should update your Journey page - since your journey has taken such a wonderful turn recently! :) Chris

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  22. I agree...you never forget the wait or how hard it was...but it is totally worth it...and I think every AP would agree & do it over again in a heartbeat.

    Isn't is amazing how many times you can pick up the same toys again & again and how much laundry you can do...and more so: how much more often you have to run the dishwasher. That one still blows me away.

    Man...some seriously cute photo action here. Your two babies together...makes me smile! Even the icky kisses. Yikes. Cats don't get into that sort of thing...sorry.

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  23. He is SO cute! The photo of your dear boy and your dear dog made me laugh and laugh. And the peacoat is fantastic!

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  24. oh.my.stars.

    i'm obviously behind, but oh.my.stars.

    LOOK at him! so sweet. you all are beautiful. definitely worth the wait. =)

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  25. Love the family picture and Choi boy waiting for Piper to feed him melts my heart - so cute!

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  26. I've been following you for the past month and I just have to say how completely adorable choi boy is! The wait is long and sometimes unbearable, but it's posts like this that help us that are still waiting make it through! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  27. Oh, I just love these photos of Choi boy doing "normal" stuff in your house!!! He's so cute! Yup, I guess the pain of the wait never actually disappears but you make peace with it because of what it resulted in.

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  28. Oh Grace, this was such a wonderful update. I love, love, love the pictures of your boy and Piper together!! The one of them both licking is hilarious!

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