|Annabelle - 1 day old.|
You may have noticed that I have been absent here for a spell. Sorry for that, but I have been a bit pre-occupied as of late. Mostly the normal stuff. You know, work, household chores, taking care of a 5 year old, errands, and the like.
Oh, and then there is the part where I am also a Father once again. Did I mention that one? No? Well, I probably should get to it already.
Our newly adopted daughter, Annabelle, was born last Tuesday the 30th of October at 4:05 PM Pacific Standard Time. She weighed 7 lbs 1.9 oz, and was 19.5 inches long. She has dark brown hair, and when she opens her eyes they are a heavenly shade of blue.
She is perfect!
The finalization of the adoption is still a ways off, but just a formality. Mrs. LIAYF and I gained custody of our daughter Friday afternoon as our attorney pretty much raced through the streets of Seattle, diving through the closing doors of the local courthouse in order to get the matter onto the docket. He's awesome that way.
This was a good thing, because we were holding off on telling Lukas until we knew the decision was final. When he found out he was over the moon, rocking his new sister for nearly an hour, feeding her a bottle, and showering her with kisses. The torture will have to wait a few years.
|This says it all.|
Baby Annabelle won't be coming home quite yet, and will be staying at the hospital for while, which will actually give Mrs. LIAYF and I time to get some of our ducks in a row for her arrival.
But, bottom line: She is ours to keep. She is ours to love. She is ours to raise in a loving home filled with laughter and passion and compassion and curiosity and wonder and a generous spirit. And we couldn't be more thrilled!
|Our 1st picture together.|
I also wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who wished us well, gave us words of encouragement, commented here on the blog, or posted our adoption badge on their own website. That has meant a lot.
Now, another journey begins.