Saturday, November 27, 2010

Three years, vivid memories.

Gotcha Day: November 27, 2007
Walking in the Woods - Rocking his signature Mohawk

Apple Picking with his cheesy grin!

Three years ago, on Thanksgiving Day (because flights were WAY cheaper), we took off for India. We planned the trip in less than 24 hours. We were terrified, NOT world travelers, and had so many questions about the little guy that was going to be our son. I had crazy worries like what if he smelled weird, how long would it take before he felt like mine, and not theirs, and what will we do with him on the 18 hour flight home?!!

We flew to New Delhi to complete the embassy paperwork, then on to Kolkata to actually receive our son. I was uncharacteristically calm through most of the trip, but Gotcha Day rattled me. I was so emotional, and had a tough experience on the way to Matri Sneha. Our tour of the special needs portion of the facility gave me a chance to pull it together, and also set our course for adoption #2.

Every family thinks about what that moment will be like. That first moment when you meet your child. Every family hopes for that ideal meeting, but doesn't dare to expect it. We fear that the child will be afraid, cry, grieve horribly. We pray that things will fall into place, and there will be an immediate connection.

With Max Rup, we got that dream. His Ayah brought him into Ms. Roy's office, placed him in my arms, he looked at me, smiled, and then layed his head on my chest, stuck his index and middle finger in his mouth, and started his "goygoygoy" sound that we are now so familiar with. It was like we had always been together. He just fit. And, he smelled really nice :)

It's been three years today, and we still can't believe how easy our first transition was. I cannot imagine our family without Max's humor, huge grin, and one volume setting - LOUD! His Mohawk haircut fits his spunky personality. He's a great mix of sweet and devilish. He is his Daddy's shadow, and adores his big sister. He's perfect for us.

I love you, Max Rup. Happy Gotcha Day!


Cindy said...

Happy Gotcha Day Max Rup!!! What a day to remember!!!

The years just pass in a blur to me. Sending hugs !!

Pam said...

I love it! He's such a doll! Happy Gotcha Day Max Rup~

Peter and Nancy said...

I have a feeling that the cheesy grin picture shows how he gets out of mischief . . . :o) I forgot about the little halo of curls he had when you first met him! What a handsome little man! Congratulations on three years together!
Nancy and your cribmate Anya Rashi

Not By Chance said...

The picture with the frog my favorite pic of him...he is ADORABLE and so HANDSOME!

So, do you think we should go with a traditional Indian wedding?

LOVE Susie

Anonymous said...

So remember seeing you for the first time and remember how you cuddles right up to your mom. You immediately liked playing ball too, you were the perfect fit for this family.

I love you Max Rup, even though you've gone from a nana's boy to daddy's shadow.


Kristy Hall said...

Wowzer! That Max Rupp is postcard perfect with his hip hair and knowing smile! (Glad I don't have daughters.) Thanks for sharing this wonderful day with us.

Emily said...

What a wonderful retelling of your Gotcha Day! It's good to know that I'm not the only one with strange worries (I too wonder what Asha will smell like :) Your family is beautiful! Emily

jasonliberty said...

What a wonderful memory. He is so beautiful.


Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Happy Gotcha Day !!!