Home at last! We landed shortly after 9:00, were picked up at the airport by our good friends Yu and Carolyn Chen and got home around 11:00. It was great to walk in the door with all of us here together! Mom had prepared a nice snack, as well as picked up fruits and milk, and had baked muffins and prepared a Shepherd's pie for supper tomorrow. Very little for us to do in the food prep area which is great!
We chatted and hung around for a bit then all the kids went to bed eventually. Of course, the last one to do so was Jadon. He is not so sure about things and is trying to figure things out. He didn't like the winter coat nor the car seat... but being in Canada he will have to put up with them for a long long time! Once Jadon was looking a little tired Sara was able to lie down with him. They are sleeping soundly now... hopefully for a long time!
Have I ever mentioned how amazing Jadon's mother is? How remarkable a woman my wife is? In an adoption, the primary goal is typically to help create bonding and attachment to the primary caregiver, which in many cases is the mother. This helps to quickly create a 'safe spot' for the newest, overwhelmed member of the family. We did the same. Sara did the majority of the hands-on care giving while I did more of the support work (like prepare and then wash the bottles that Sara would feed to Jadon). While this is really nice for Sara because she is the one that Jadon opens his arms to the most, and the one the he wants to be held by, and the one he smiles his best for etc... it can also be very tiring. Because often, she is the ONLY one that he wants, specifically when he is not feeling great - sick or tired.
The last few days have been exhausting for Sara. Saturday evening we went to the hospital and Jadon was admitted. The two of them stayed there from then until Monday morning around 8:15 when we picked them up on the way to the airport. I have been fighting this crazy long fever/cough that first Logan and then Rykauna got. In between fever spells with enough Advil, I feel fine to do some things. However, we did not want Jadon to get whatever bug this is so.... we have even more limited my direct dealings with him, and even my bottle preparing, feeding etc... were stopped. I couldn't go to the hospital to stay and help Sara out with Jadon. Logan went in for about 6 hours to help out as much as he could. Overnight, it was mommy, mommy and more mommy. On our two flights today, a total of about 17 hours flying time, Sara had Jadon for the majority of that time. While the rest of us were sleeping or chilling, she was comforting, entertaining, feeding. It really bugged me to see Sara working so hard when I was just across the aisle really not able to do very much. But Sara was an absolute trooper. No complaints(ok maybe a couple little ones), a smile on her face (with occasional tears), Sara went through this all. She got likely about 5 or 6 total sleep hours over the last 3 days.
I am so proud of her. I am blessed to have her as my wife. Rykauna, Logan, Hudson and Li Lin are blessed to have her as a mother. And now Jadon will also come to know how blessed he is to also call her mom!
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Proverbs 31:10, 28