12.05.2008

Babies R' Us, Dreams, and My Manny Baby

Tonight was a fun, relaxing night! Jon and I went out to eat and headed off to Babies R' Us to check out a few things for Baby Oren's Christmas list! How fun! Jon is adorable about all this. He's very interested in all the gadgets, but yet making funny cracks about all the baby gear. When we would watch my niece Natalie when she was her teeny tiny 6 pound self, Jon was amazed at all the gear she required to simply go to the mall. I'm sure we were quite a funny sight tonight, walking around the store not really sure what we were doing or the differences between certain products. Most of the women in the aisle's were obviously pregnant, so it was funny to watch two of them look at my belly to see if I too, was having a baby. I wanted to shout with joy, yes I am having a baby...We're Adopting!!! :) So we picked out our high chair and pack n' play for Baby Oren's list, but will hold off on other big baby items till we find out who our son is. Some of the things will require us having a better idea of his age and size, but we knew we'd need those two things regardless.

So it's been two days of waiting! (Haha). I have been exhausted the last two days due to lack of sleep! When we found out about officially being on the wait list Wednesday night, I was SO excited I couldn't fall asleep. A million wonderful thoughts were going through my head. I usually don't remember many of my dreams, but the last two nights, once I do finally fall asleep, I have been dreaming A LOT about our baby! I have been dreaming about the moment we walk in and meet our son, I've been dreaming about what his adorable face looks like (although I forget the face as soon as I wake up), and I dream about him being here at home with us!

Wednesday night, after hearing about our dossier being sent to Ethiopia, I was thinking about the time I first met my nephew Manny. What a sweet memory!
It seemed liked FOREVER since my sister and her husband left for Guatemala to bring Manny back home. We couldn't wait for their arrival day! I will never, ever forget the moment I first laid eyes on him...it seems like yesterday! Our whole family, and my sister's husband's family, were standing in the airport, waiting right outside the long corridor of the plane. We anxiously waited for them to walk through the doorway. Every time we heard someone coming we got really excited. They ended being one of the last ones off. But then they came through the door and that precious baby boy was sitting there so sweetly with his mommy, snuggled up in the baby sling she was wearing. I will never forget the look on his little face. He had the cutest little hat on with a white and blue striped shirt and the most adorable smirky smile...and man, that smile. I still see that little smirky smile, even at his now, four years of age. I remember the first time I held him. He was so snuggly and content, smiling at everyone who held him. I didn't want to let him go! There were many tears and oohs, and aahhs, and shouts of congratulations and excitement. It gives me goosebumps to think about. We always wanted to adopt...even before Jon and I met, even before Manny ever came home. I met my nephew, held him in my arms, and knew, we would be next!

7 comments:

Flinn said...

woohoo!!!!! looking at baby stuff is the best!!!!!!!! It is so excited to read each step - so thrilled for you guys! Each day is a day closer that you two are a mommy and daddy!!!!

Kristy said...

Hi Rachael!

Are you by chance the same Rachael who posted on my blog about the Ethio spices and cookbook? If so, I was not able to reply, I don't have an e-mail address for you! There is a link within my post to the injera and the spice websites-they did not turn blue like a link,not sure why??!

CONGRATS on your spot on the waiting list. It's a great feeling, isn't it?? We can wait together!

Emily B. said...

Be careful-- babies r us is a DANGEROUS store. I don't think we ever walk out of there without buying SOMETHING :)

Kyla said...

Congrats -- my blog isn't about adoption, it's about food (also I haven't posted in a month) but I came across your blog and got totally excited and had to drop a note.

We are adopting from AAI too! And we got our referral on the 25th. So I'll be looking forward to hearing and reading about your journey...

izzyopas said...

OH...i meant to tell you, i got that picture from someone else's site. you can copy it!

Tracy said...

Wow, you guys are just a step ahead of us. Isn't it exciting!!!!!!!! We should be DTE this Friday. We had some discouraging hold ups this week but we are pulling through!

timnester said...

two things:
1. it's awesome and encouraging to go through this process at the same time with you guys
2. Jon's notes at the front of your faxes make me laugh. thanks for that.