Welcome Home, Baby A!
February 14, 2014 103 Comments
First off, happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
I don’t remember when I’ve been so happy. Sarabeth and I have been waiting for a baby for a long time.
We learned about our foster daughter a week ago yesterday and took her home from the hospital a few days ago.
A question Sarabeth and I ask each other often is, “What’s your favorite thing about her?”
“Everything,” is always the answer. And we’re not at all exaggerating.
You parents know what I’m talking about.
I don’t need to describe the feeling of her wrapping her hand around your finger.
Or her not taking her eyes off you while she eats.
Or how she reaches for you when she’s crying, and tweaks your nose when you get up close for a kiss.
Or how she wraps her toes around your arm when you’re holding her.
It’s a feeling unlike any other in the world.
Now that Baby A. is home, we love the midnight feedings because that means we get to get up and hold her, and sing to her (Shawn Mullins, the Temptations, and Beach Boys have given us dads some pretty great go-to nighttime songs).
Because she’s still just our foster daughter, I told Sarabeth that if I’m ever angry having to get up to take care of her, to just remind me that Baby A could be somewhere else and not here in our house.
And our dogs! Our two dachshunds, one still a puppy, are so curious about her. I think our little girl has gotten more kisses this week than all the babies in the world have gotten this month.
Luckily she doesn’t seem to mind.
I don’t want these days to pass. I don’t want her to gain another pound or grow another inch.
But at the same time, I’m so excited to watch her grow, and learn, and play, and laugh, and run.
I hope, and pray, that we will have her for all of that. I hope I will get to teach her to drive, chase off curious boys, and walk her down the aisle.
But look at me, getting ahead of myself.
For now, I’m just happy to keep her tummy full, her ears full of music, her eyes fixed on her mommy and puppies, her heart full of comfort, and her hand warm with my finger.
For as long as we possibly can.
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