One year ago we were in Ethiopia. We were so nervous waiting to see him. It had been a month since we left Ethiopia and at that time we didn’t know how long it would be before we were able to return and bring him home. When we walked into the room he smiled and looked so happy to see us. When I picked him up he grabbed my hair with both hands and wouldn’t let go.
We gave Tesfa his first bottle and changed his outfits what seemed like 20 times a day. He slept in a toddler bed at the foot of our bed. When he cooed we giggled. I don’t think we slept much. It was so hard to believe that after so many years of wanting a child that our dream had finally come true.
We will celebrate Tesfa day on September 4th. That is the anniversary of us arriving home as a family. I don’t think I let myself believe that it was real until we walked through the door. Upon arriving home we showed him his room and probably just stared at him in amazement.
I can’t believe how much our lives have changed in the last year. It’s one of those things that parents always tell you but it doesn’t really hit you until you are knee deep in childrearing. We are blessed to have him in our lives. I am forever grateful to his family, nannies and social workers that entrusted us to be his family.