Monday, August 18, 2008

In Love!

I feel like I am wrapped up in a romantic film...a girl is madly in love with a boy, yet fully aware that she is "just a friend" to him. For her it was love at first sight; to him she no different than any other nice girl. And then it happens on a quiet summer evening: her feelings are reciprocated and they live happily ever after.

So have I felt since since I first saw his photo: it was love at first sight. As I held him in my arms that very first time I was taken. He had my heart. Yet part of me has felt like this is more of a one sided crush. Sure...he smiles for me, cuddles with me; yet really I am no different than anyone else who will smile at him or hold him. I'm just some nice lady who takes care of needs on demand and talks lovingly into his face.

Until Saturday...that special summer evening. It was a long, hot day at our church's river party. With all of the juggling of plates, chasing of kiddos, and the spontaneous dip in the river, Noah was spending a lot of times in the arms of others. At the end of the evening, I stood in front of his current holder and heard small fusses coming from his tired mouth. As I reached out to take him, the moment happened: the moment he recognized me as "more than just another pretty face." I was instantly grabbed by his two pudgy hands and pulled into the wettest kiss that I have ever seen by a baby. He then pulled away, looked into my eyes, smiled and once again pulled my face into his own. It was magic.

I love you baby boy and I am glad you love me too!


Thank you, Janine, for having your camera on hand!

11 comments:

Janine the Bean said...

I knew I was witnessing a mom moment that was beyond what my words could convey. So glad I had my camera. It was so sweet. He loves you!

Jodi, I just have to say that if the intent of your blogging was to become a better writer (as you said), I have witnessed it.

:)

JPB said...

Wow that's really cute. And Janine's right about the writing. I wish I had the same aim. I might be more careful.

Paul & Beth said...

My heart is overflowing for you! There is just something about when your child (adopted) recognizes you for his/her own in a possessive way! And that being parents is SO MUCH MORE than biological.

Janine the Bean said...

I plan to be much more careful with my words now and am apsiring (as my sister did) to become a better writer through blogging. I often just sit and type without really thinking too much about what I'm writing. My blog seems very rambling as I look back at some of my posts.

The Six of Us said...

I'm glad you think so; however, my writing has become so much more lax than I first started. I actually used to read and re-read my posts. Blogging has been a good reason for simply keeping in practice forming sentences though.

Starfish Mama said...

Oh - how lovely. Congratulations on a key moment!

Janine the Bean said...

I should say that the way you write (at least recently) has really improved. You are really able to bring people into where you are as a mom. The adoption journey as well as your thoughts and words on mothering and life are full of emotion.

Warren & Sheri said...

Great, great post! On Sunday I was even able to recognize that you had turned a corner with Noah. That you were someone more than just a care giver. You had become, to him, his mother.

sawheeler said...

It's a WONDERFUL moment isn't it!!! Thanks for sharing.

Mainely Me said...

A wonderful telling of a highlight life moment, in both photos and words! Wish I could have witnessed it first hand.

Donna-Jean said...

Thank you for writing this. Two of our three came to us via adoption; they're now 22 (and married) and 15 - and you brought me back to our own magical moments, moments that get sort of forgotten and woven into the entire mother-child fabric of life. Thanks for the memory :-)