Meeting Cam

I am entering these posts into the blog during the fall of 2021.  These entries were taken from handwritten journals that I kept during our first adoptions.  We had a failed adoption from Guatemala at the end of 2002.  Cam entered our lives in the very first days of 2003 through domestic adoption, quite a bit of pain was endured during that time.  If only I had known then what I know now.  None of these entries will reflect anything that I now know about what a child endures when they are ripped away from everything they know and placed with strangers.  These entries are here for my children, so their journey is chronicled, but they’re also here so you can learn from my mistakes.  

For our new son, Cameren James,

It’s Gotcha Day!  We flew to Atlanta today and drove to Augusta where you’re staying with your foster mom.  At 4pm we arrived in our hotel.  I was so nervous because I knew that in just one short hour you would be placed in our arms.  Your dad wasn’t too nervous, until about 4:55pm when we were both standing at the hotel room window anxiously awaiting your arrival.

True to her word, your foster mom arrived at 5pm.  She had her teenage daughter and 7-year-old with her.  We took a lot of pictures, you smiled and laughed for us!  We received a lot of instructions about caring for you.  Your foster mom’s daughter cried a little.  I guess she wanted to keep you?!?

We took more pictures and then went to eat at a nearby restaurant.  You slept in your infant seat the whole time.  I knew right then how easygoing you are.  Such a good baby.  We got back to the hotel, put you in your pajamas and rocked you to sleep.  You only woke up twice overnight, but I barely slept.  I guess I’m way too excited about being a new mom!

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