Now that I have a minute I want to post about yesterday. The big day. The day we became a family of five.
Yesterday went good. We arrived at Eastern Social Welfare Society at 1:00 pm. 30 minutes early. We were waiting in the office for our social worker to come and get us. We filled out some paper work and waited some more. It was HOT. Probably 85 degrees outside and 100% humidity. Inside was a teeny bit better, not much.
After filling out some paperwork we were taken into another room upstairs where we watched a video about Eastern Social Welfare Society. There was another couple in the room with us who were also going to bring their baby home.
This is where is gets good... After the video, we were given a tour of Eastern. The checked out the nursery, where our son was until he was 4 months old. It's so incredible seeing that room full of little lovies! And the sound of their cries is like heaven. I'm serious. What a sweet sound. So many tiny innocent voices in one room, all crying together. What a beautiful thing Eastern has goin' on.
So as were checking out the nursery I turned and looked and there he was on his foster moms back. I immediately began to sob. And so did his foster mom. I walked over to her and she turned so I could see Ha Eum on her back. Her and I cried for a few minutes and held each other. She knew this was the day I had been waiting for and the day that had come too soon for her. She touched my face and wiped my tears. We couldn't speak to each other at all, but there were no words needed. I knew that she knew that I'd love him.
The director of Eastern let us have our little cry session for a few minutes and then led us to another part of the building to finish the tour. Then we waited some more before our official meeting with the foster mother, Ha Eum and her daughter in law.
Finally it was time. Time to see my boy play and be crazy and just be a... BOY. Geeeez, he is SUCH a boy. He's busy busy busy. He never stops. I had no idea how different this would be from my girls. We all sat on the floor, with our shoes off of course. And we talked about Ha Eum. About his eating habits, his sleeping habits (which are horrible by the way... bed at midnight?!?) Ha Eum warmed up to Lane really quickly. Within 10 minutes they were playing and laughing. Lane and the baby played while I talked to the foster mom with our translator. We exchanged gifts and cried some more. Our hour was up like the blink of an eye. I had so many questions I wanted to ask but I didn't get to any of those. I was too busy watching our son.
All of a sudden the social worker said, "Okay. It's time for you guys to go back to your hotel so let's head out". Wow. Okay. This is wild! We're just going to suddenly be the parents of a 20 months old baby...
I'm sooo tired I'm falling asleep. I'll finish my story tomorrow! Goodnight from South Korea. We'll be in San Francisco in 30 hours!
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