Sunday, November 14, 2010

Folded In

Just like God's recipe said, "Fold small Chinese boy into American family of 5," we have folded Dex right into our family over the past week. And just like a recipe, when properly folded in, all of the ingredients have blended into one perfectly yummy concoction!It's like he's been part of our family for a long time. He adores his brother and sister, enjoys playing whatever they convince him to play, and is becoming very attached to Momma and Dada! A friend asked me a few days ago if it's weird to look at him and think that he's my son now. I was glad she asked me because it made me really realize just how natural it really does seem.
A couple of days after we met him, I felt pretty fearful and anxious as the reality set in that we now had another child. I remember feeling a bit like that a few days after being home with each of the others -- but I was especially anxious with him, I think, because it's such a different start to parenting, I realized that so much of his personality had already been established, and that there is so much about him that we didn't know. As I was falling asleep that night, I just prayed that God would take away my fear, anxiety and doubts because I knew that He had called us to adopt and that He had picked the perfect child for us. So, knowing that and trusting Him, I just wanted the anxiety to pass so I could enjoy being a mom to this precious little boy. When I woke up the next morning, I felt so refreshed and light-hearted. It felt perfectly natural to call myself "Momma" to him, where before it had felt a bit forced. When I woke up that morning, I was truly his Momma! So, no, it's not weird or unnatural feeling to have Dex as my son.
It's as sweet as that sucker he's eating!

5 comments:

Valerie said...

precious Mischelle. Thanks for sharing!

Sherry Drennan said...

Wonderful! I am so happy for you and can't wait to watch him grow up!

Erin said...

Glad you shared! I've wondered just out of curiousity how it feels to "instantly" have another child? He is SO precious and he seems to just blend right in with your clan!! Love him!!

Matt said...

I think he managed to "fold in" with the entire extended family, too, Mischelle, and I'm very glad that he did! Love you and Nick and all FOUR of your kids!

Katie said...

Congrats on your new baby!! How exciting. It is a different feeling at first but as time passes you will feel like you gave birth to him yourself. I look at Lauren and although she looks so different I feel like she is mine in everyway. God is awesome. Glad your little man is fitting in just perfect!!