I realize this is a couple of days late getting to everyone. I actually had this post 99.9% finished the first night we had Maddyx with us in the hotel, but then came the major melt down. First him...then me. We're home now (another post) and I wanted to send this post, even though it's late. So here it is...just rewind back to Tuesday.....
We managed to make it through one of the most exciting yet scariest moments of our lives. Going to Eastern to take Maddyx out of the arms of the women he loves and knows as his Mom. Let me just say, this is not easy. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do. As soon as I walked in the door where Maddyx and his foster mom were waiting for us, she was already sobbing. Well there went the flood gates for me. She cried the entire time. Which made me cry the entire time. He did really good at first and then we put him in the Ergo carrier with Kasey and that was not a good move. Now he's started crying. oooh boy. Long story short, as soon as we got in the van and drove away he was fine. I actually found that he loves the flash of the camera. Every time I would take a picture of him and the flash went off, he would crack up. Needless to say, I took about 100 photos on the card ride back to the hotel. Hey, whatever works, right?!? He spent the next hour or two all smiles and giggles and played with us and his toys. Around 5pm he was getting hungry and tired and then started to cry and call out for Uhm-ma and Ahba. After about 15-20 mins we moved to floor and laid there while he drank his bottle. He finished his bottle and fell asleep right next to me. He's been asleep now for about 25 mins. Hasn't moved or made a peep. I'm trying to type this as quietly as possible...=)
Tonight will be my last night and post in Seoul. As much as I've enjoyed experiencing Maddyx's homeland and all of the amazing culture it has to offer, I am definitely ready to go home. I'm hoping tomorrow's long journey home goes smooth. Wish us luck! Goodbye Seoul, and thank you for the beautiful gift you have given us.
I will leave you with some photos on our first day as a family. A lot of these are just silly outtakes. We are really going to have to get used to this 30+ pound little boy. I knew he'd be heavy, but I can say now. I. HAD. NO. IDEA. He's quite the wiggle worm and he is REALLY strong. I was really struggling to keep him still when we were trying to get a picture. After several not-so-good, we finally got one decent one!