Sunday, August 5, 2012

getting used to the new normal

Well, Jackson is getting bigger and more adorable by the minute, don't you think?  He's starting to have more facial expressions and smile a little more, which is just too cute.  We attended a bridal shower yesterday and he was a big hit, getting passed around and loved on. 

There are still days when I can't quite believe this is all real and that I'm a mom.  It's interesting.  My husband and I talked about how blessed we are today, but then in the next moment it was just surreal.  He is a pretty good baby, with minimal fussy times, but like any baby he has his moments. He is sleeping pretty good at night, usually just getting up once or twice. 

We went to the lawyer on Friday and signed papers to begin the TPR for the birth father and talk through the process of the adoption finalization.  We were hoping to have it finalized by the end of the year, but the lawyer said probably not.  Our lawyer is about 90 minutes away, so we left Jackson at home with a sitter.  The lawyer was surprised that we didn't have him with us, but the three hours in the car for an hour meeting just didn't seem like fun for him.  He was better off at home. 

Charlie and I did have a date night last night and we went out for dinner at Applebees and we ran a couple of errands.  At the restaurant, a teenager at the table across from us knocked her steak sauce onto the floor and it flew all the way across the aisle and splattered the white sweater I had hanging off the back of my chair.  The girl felt so bad and apologized many times, and the waitress brought me napkins and seltzer water and another patron handled me a Tide pen.  Most of it came out in the wash, so I think it will be okay.  As we left the restaurant, the girl's mother took a moment to thank me for handling it graciously.  I told her I probably would have spilled something myself, no worries.  I guess I could have been mad, but accidents happen. 

There's the life update for now.  Hope you enjoyed the pics!


maggie may said...

so glad you guys are adjusting well!!
put your feet up.

Jami said...

oh my goodness SISSY!! i am so very happy for you!! it has been SUCH a long, difficult journey and I am praising God with you and for baby Jackson!! thank you so much for letting me in on your great joy!

love you sister1

Kelly said...

I have been off the computer for a few weeks and look what I miss!?!?!? OMG!!!!!!!! CONGRATS MOMMY!! He is perfect!!!!

Krissy said...

Hi there-
Just wanted to leave a comment about a great book I read-"The Post Adoption Blues" by Karen Foli and John Thompson. A close friend who went through adoption said as much as they longed for a child, adopting their little boy really rocked their world. She was so happy yet overwhelmed and felt guilty at the same time. I am just mentioning this because I don't think it is talked about too much and your circumstances (such a long wait and several major disappointments) really set you and your hubby up to experience this natural phenomenon. I know that I felt boughts of sadness during my long-time-in-coming pregnancy and then got hit by a wall of emotions (anxiety and depression) after having my twins. I certainly hope that this isn't going to be part of your story, but I feel compelled to leave you this little note of encouragement in case you need it.

Your son is super cute, by the way!

Take care!
~Krissy in PA

Mrs H said...

Goodness! congratulations Mommy! I'm so excited for you. The Story makes it seem like "bing bang boom" and you have a baby! We all know that's not true though. I'm so very very happy for you!

Give that cutie a hug from us!

Alison said...

I'm sorry you're having trouble with the whole sleep deprivation thing. It will get better! Although, a little while ago Caroline pointed to the dark circles under my eyes and said 'what are those?' to which I replied, "10 years of broken sleep." :)
I hope you can nap during the day to catch up on sleep.

All in His Perfect Timing said...

Being Jackson's mama has got to be THE BEST feeling in the whole world. He is PRECIOUS!!! And super-adorable! More pictures, please!!!