A lot has changed around our house in the last six months. To begin with we went from being a family of two to a family of three. These days the refrigerator stays stocked with rice milk, apple juice, and assorted fruit pouches; the cabinets are filled with bananas, cereal bars, goldfish, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Gone are the days of sleeping past 7AM. By 7AM there are other things to do besides sleeping- diapers to change, bibs and footie pajamas to wash, and a new day to explore. There are now toys in almost every room in our house. And on most afternoons, we can be found at the local park. After naps, meals, messes, and bubble baths, the house is quiet again by 8pm. That’s been our new normal for the last 6 months.
Six months. 184 days. 4,416 hours. When we were waiting for the green light to travel to South Korea to meet our little man, those six months felt like an eternity. But now that he is here in our hearts and in our home, those six months have seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. But if we slow down and pause long enough look back to where we were and where we are now, we can see that we have come a long way in those six months.
The changes started while we were still in Korea getting to know our 16-month-old son. We took a lot of long walks with him in a baby backpack while we waited for our departure back home. It was on our 2nd day with him that we began to feel the bonding. We were heading out for another walk. He looked right at me and made a funny face, and when I laughed he did it again. Then he made another funny face at my husband who laughed. It was at that moment we knew we were all going to be okay. And he has been making us laugh every day since. He is the cause of our joy, our exhaustion, and at times our frustration. He is now talking, singing, and dancing. He has gone from wearing 18-month clothing to filling out 3T clothing. He has also gone through hitting stages, biting stages, and food throwing stages. He is getting used to American food, and we are learning how to cook some Korean staples.
He is not the only one changing, we are growing as parents as well. We are learning what we must have in a diaper bag at all times and what we can live without for a few hours. We are learning to anticipate stumbles and falls before they happen. We are learning when to hold on and when to let go. In six months, I have changed from the woman who our son would not let hold him during the 30 hour plane ride home to the momma who he runs to when he needs a boo-boo kissed. In six months, my husband has gone from the strange man carrying him away from his foster mother to the daddy who is always greeted at the door with a “squeezie” hug and juicy kiss when he gets home from work.
4,416 hours. 184 days. Six months. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and we are having the time of our lives.

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