Today is the one year anniversary of one of the happiest and most terrifying days of my life. On this day last year, my husband and I were 400 miles from home, waking up way too early in a hotel room in a city we'd never been to before. When we made it to our appointment that morning, we sat in the office of a woman we'd never met before, waiting for another complete stranger to walk in and hand us a baby. 20 minutes later, we were driving back to our hotel, plus one. Just like that, we were parents again. We spent the few days waiting for a phone call that OK'd us to leave the state with our new baby, and bring him home to VT. So we, of course took full advantage of the sight-seeing time in a new city to bask in the novelty that is Target, as well as numerous other retail establishments that haven't made their way to good old VT yet. In all fairness to us though, it was literally 100 degrees out that week, and we hadn't yet grown accustomed to the massive heat that's generated by such a small being while strapped into a carrier. The baby loved it. He fell asleep in tropical bliss every time we put him in the carrier, while my husband and I took turns being the one to wear him and sweat like a pig. We ventured into the city to do actual sight-seeing one day, but came back to the hotel after a half hour of unpleasantly sticky temperatures again that day, only being amplified by the poor air circulation among the tall buildings. We were growing more and more fond of our wide open, cooler spaces back home in Vermont. Not to mention our own bed, in our own house, and looking forward to getting this new baby out of the city, and into his new home. Our home.
On day 4 we were picking out (in our dreams) future dinnerware at Crate & Barrel, and my husbands phone rang. He had about a 45 second conversation with someone, hung up, and said to me, "we can go home now." The staff at Crate & Barrel must have thought that we'd stolen half the merchandise in the store by the pace at which we left their lovely establishment. By 2am the next morning we were home.
I can't believe that a year has gone by already, but it's been an amazing ride so far. He's a wicked great little guy, and we're incredibly proud that he's here with us.