FivePosted: July 22, 2012
Five years ago today, Mea came home to us. It has been an amazing five years. She is such an amazing part of our life, and I just couldn’t imagine our lives without her in it.
I always have memories that are associated with the day of the week in addition to the actual date. It was a Sunday that she came home, so her anniversary today is even that much more special to me.
My husband was umpiring baseball games, he tried to find someone to take them from him, but was unable to do so. We hadn’t known until the Friday before that she would be making her way to us this day. Baseball schedules had been made months in advance.
We knew it would be early afternoon when June brought her to us, and late afternoon that he would be done with his games. It gave Mack and I some time to get her settled in, unpack her things, and have a little play and bonding time before he got home.
I cleaned like a mad woman, just trying to give myself something to do while I waited for them to get here. I reorganized toys that had been donated by my sister and parents a few times, and straightened and folded clothes in Mea’s dresser. I had to keep myself busy, or I knew I would just make myself crazy if I just sat and did nothing.
Our adoption worker had preferred for June to bring Mea to us. There were a few reasons for this. The main one being that psychologically she wouldn’t equate us “taking her” from the only home that she had known. Even at only thirteen months, this is something that they worried about. It made June the “bad guy,” she didn’t like being thought of in this way at all. I don’t blame her, I since we love June as much as any other family member, I had a hard time thinking of her as a “bad” anything.
June stayed for about a half an hour after we got everything unloaded. It was a tearful, bittersweet goodbye for her. She loves Mea. I think the consolation was that she knew we loved her as much as she did. I promised to stay in touch with her, and she promised the same thing to us. She has been an extended long-distance part of our family ever since.
After June left, it was lunch time, and Mack and I fed her some spaghetti for lunch. Her first meal at home. She still loves the skettis, one of her favorite meals ever.
We went outside and played in the yard for a little while. It was a beautiful day outside. She and Mack played, and I took pictures documenting those first few hours in our home.
We could tell that she was getting so tired, but she was reluctant to take a nap. She finally fell asleep with me holding her, and I was in heaven. The first of many naps that she took in my arms, vs. sleeping in her crib or bed, I couldn’t put her down, I had longed for those little baby snuggles for so long.
Right after she woke from her nap, her Daddy made it home from umpiring his baseball game. They played and shared a snuggle. He was completely whipped in the first minute, the first hug and snuggle.
Mea came home two days before Mack’s fifteenth birthday. She had always wanted a younger sibling, and I can’t think of a better birthday gift for her. They were the best of buddies from the very beginning. Mea loves having someone to be silly with, and instantly bonded with her big sister.
A wonderful day, one that will forever be so perfectly clear in my memory. Our beautiful little girl completed our family. We went from a family of six, to a family of seven. Her sisters all love her, and Mea’s addition to the family helped cement the bond between myself and the big girls.
We are all so blessed to have her in our lives.
Mea is an amazing little girl, and we all love her so very, very much.