Thursday, September 2, 2010

(A Couple Days Late) Last Night in Seoul & First Night as a Family

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!


  1. Oh Michelle, we have been stalking your blog waiting for an update! We are so happy to read that all went well on the car ride back to the hotel. It sounds like the EXACT same experience that I had at Eastern with FM. It is so heartbreaking.
    I also totally relate 100% to the 30 pound boy you have brought home. Buy a LARGE bottle of Ibuprofen. . . You will have buffed arms in no time but a sore back. OMG! Now for the fun stuff. He is adorable!!! I love the photos and especially the cuddle ones of you & Maddyx. Priceless. These next few days can be tough with the time change and him just getting adjusted so hang in there and try to get some rest and eat when you can - it's important to take care of yourselves for him. It can be overwhelming, so please don't hesitate to call or email me if you want/need to chat. Sooo happy you are home and a family of 3! Congrats. :)

  2. welcome home!
    i don't even want to start thinking about how hard it will be for me next tuesday when we pick up leo and take him to the airport...your post gives me strength that everything will eventually be ok.
    i love all the photos - what a beautiful family of THREE!!

  3. Congratulations Michelle! I am so happy for you and your new family. As always, you look beautiful!


  4. Congratulations on becoming a family of three! Love all these photos of your (big) adorable guy. Yes, your arms will be buff as Michelle says!! I hope the plane ride home went smoothly and that you are settling in. It's been fun following your journey to Korea and now I look forward to following your fun adventures at home with your son!!


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