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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

All About Holden

I know this post is long overdue, as we have had Holden in our home for 6 days now. But we have been too busy staring at him, cuddling with him, kissing on him and so on. He quickly captured our hearts. We learned about our baby boy on Tuesday, May 6th and I think that is when my heart began to love him. I could feel it that night as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep. There were so many what if’s about the situation, that we only shared the possibility of him with family. On Thursday we received a phone call that was very promising and then we met him Thursday evening. It was amazing!! This was such a unique experience that I know most people will never truly understand. It was that moment that I have longed for, the immediate rush and excitement and how our hearts immediately opened up to the child that God had promised us. And now I am trying to savor every moment with my boy.

Holden Wayne Jeremiah was born on May 1st at 11:18am. He was named Jeremiah Allen by his birth mother. When we found out that he was going to be our son, we decided that we wanted to keep Jeremiah in his name so that he could always have that part of his history. Wayne is Jeremy’s middle name, his dad’s middle name and his grandfather’s middle name. So of course, it is now Holden’s middle name. And we picked the name Holden simply because we liked it. Back to May 1st. He weighed in at 7lbs and 1oz and was 20.5 inches long. And there you have it. He is a healthy baby boy! I am so thankful for his birth mother that had big hopes and dreams for our Holden. And what a gift she has given to Jeremy and I! It’s overwhelming!

Sometimes, it feels like I have been interrogated with questions about his history, mainly information about his birth parents. And each time it seems to catch me off guard. So what I stated above is all that I am going to share about Holden’s history. I feel like the why’s and who’s of the matter are not important (to outsiders). And I know people are just curious and adoption is so unfamiliar to those that have not experienced it in some way. But I just want his story to be exactly that - HIS. And if he wants to share the details one day, that will be his option to do so. Not mine or Jeremy’s.

Back to Holden. We are learning so much and having so much fun. Here are some observations we have made in the last 6 days.
1) Everyone should stand back during a diaper change. It could come a-sprayin’ from either end. Luckily, when I’m in the room, I’m changing the diaper. Never just observing. So I have yet to be initiated into the Gross Club.
2) He does not like to have his clothes removed and will let you know it. He can be quite the fusser when he is a naked boy.
3) It took us 3 days to hear a cry from him and that was during his sponge bath. See observation #2. Clothes were removed for the bath.
4) He kind of squeals like a girl (instead of crying) right before a feeding. And normally falls asleep on us before the bottle is emptied. Such a hungry boy, but 2.5 ounces is alot for that little belly!
5) The past 2 days, his most awake time has been between 12-2am. Nice!

And I will post new pictures tonight. I promise! He is one studly little boy that we are enjoying showing him off. Thank you God for your wonderful gift!!

"For this child I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him." 1 Samuel 1:27


House Family said...

I might be an old lady...but remember, I'm just one day older than you! :) You will be there..five more years. You wait! It will be here before you know it!

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

i was there just a few months ago, little wiseman started sleeping through the night at about 6-8 weeks. every kid was different.

and yes, especially boys. lol they do spray either way don't they!

little wiseman didn't used to like to be naked but now it's his FAV, so maybe holden will change his mind...and he might not