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One Month Old

Elijah is one month old today!! We can hardly believe it. In some ways it feels like he is so much older (especially when you think of the sleepless nights), and in other ways it feels like he just arrived yesterday.

My mom, Gammy, was here with us for two weeks. It was such a blessing having her here to help us out. Elijah loves his Gammy and I think Gammy kind of likes Elijah too.

My mom is usually one of the most selfless people I know, but when it came to holding or feeding Elijah, she did not give him up too easily.

My nephew, Tim, got to hold Elijah too. Tim said this is the smallest baby he has ever seen or held. Elijah already loves and looks up to his cousin. ๐Ÿ™‚

My sister-in-law, Sue, holding Elijah. She’s a fantastic mom with a terrific son…so I definitely soak up all of her advice!

Elijah’s favorite pasttime is sleeping, so we have implemented “naked time” to help keep him awake. “Naked Time” always comes with a diaper…so no worries. It is amazing how “naked time” works!! When this picture was taken, Aaron was sleeping on the couch, so we thought maybe he should also have “naked time” to try to stay awake. ๐Ÿ™‚

This past weekend, Aaron officiated our neighbors wedding at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. It is quite a fancy place in the mountains of PA. We had a lovely time. I was so thankful my mom could go with us and watch Elijah so that I could attend the wedding. Aaron did a great job! This is a picture on the back deck of the townhouse where we stayed.

Anyone who knows Aaron well, knows that he LOVES the zoo. Well, the Nemacolin Resort had several animals (caged) on the property, including this black bear. Aaron could not resist taking Elijah to see the animals….too bad he slept through most of it AND even if he was awake, he can’t really see that far away yet since he’s only a month old! But, I think Daddy had a good time!

The animals must have been on the same schedule as Elijah, because they were all sleeping too. See the lions in the background on the rock…sleeping.

Elijah and I had some mother-son moments by the lake. Elijah knows the water is mommy’s favorite place.

Is that a smile I see Elijah? (Or perhaps gas?)

Snuggling with mommy. He is such a sweet boy.

Here he is on the verge of losing it…looks like it was gas!

And he’s officially over the edge. I wrote previously about Elijah’s sickness. You remember the medicine that took forever to find, well apparentlyย  it causes gas and tummy pains!! It has been a long week and half with lots of fussy moments. I can’t wait until he’s finished with it!!

More “naked time!” Gotta keep those pretty little eyes open.

My mom thinks Elijah’s going to be a movie star….Well, of course he’s going to be a movie star! Watch out Hollywood!

Elijah’s feet at one month old! Sweet feet.

So, that’s one month at a glance. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Life with Elijah

Aaron and I have settled into life in Washington, D.C. with Elijah. And frankly we can’t imagine life without him. He is the sweetest, most precious little boy ever and we are falling in love with him more and more each day. While he did not grow within my body, he has definitely grown within my heart and I love everything about him. God had definitely prepared me for Elijah before we even knew he existed.

Now, of course, we are getting less sleep, and have bags under our eyes. I haven’t worked out in a couple of weeks and my body is screaming for a workout. I often choke down my own food so that I can feed my little boy because he lets me know he’s hungry. I have weird dreams about holding Elijah in my arms only to wake up in the middle of the night unable to find him in the covers…because he sleeps in his own room. I feel like I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off and rarely have a “down moment.” Keeping up with things around the house is near impossible.

If you are a parent, you are smiling really big right now and shaking your head, because you know exactly what I am experiencing. You might even be saying, “Amy, life as you once knew it is over and this is your new life….forever!”

Nonetheless, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Elijah is the one that we have prayed, searched, cried, waited, and hoped for and he is finally in our arms.

I’ve even already had a desparate mom moment. Last week Elijah had developed some goop in his eyes. I thought that it might just clear up, so I didn’t do anything for a couple of days. Well, it kept getting worse. So, on Friday I called the doctor and told them what was going on, and they wanted me to come in that morning. Elijah and I took our first trip with just the two of us. It was a little stressful for me, but we managed it. We sat waiting on the doctor for an hour (and I was watching the clock for Elijah’s next feeding). The doctor came in and said it looked like conjunctivitis. So, she called in two prescriptions to the pharmacy which was located in the same building. After feeding Elijah in the waiting room, we made the trip down to the pharmacy. It turns out that they did not have the medicine. So, I had to return to the doctor’s office to get a hard copy of the prescription so that we could go to an outside pharmacy. Luckily my mom was at our house (she was hosting roofers who were repairing a leak – the joys of being a homeowner) and so I dropped Elijah off with her and set out to try to find my sick little boy his prescriptions. I went to three different pharmacies and no one had it. I even broke down and cried at the Target pharmacy. They were very gracious and tried to help me locate it. We could not find it anywhere. So, I returned home and started calling more pharmacies. After contacting 15 pharmacies and coming up with nothing, I called the doctor and I said “HELP.” She made a call into Children’s Hosptial where we finally found the medicine…only to later find out (as I was driving to the hospital) that Children’s doesn’t have an “outpatient” pharmacy. However, they found the medicine at a CVS not too far from our house…and so I turned around and headed to that pharmacy. After 5 hours, I finally found the medicine for my little guy. I was exhausted and emotionally worn down. I spent the evening crying some more…Aaron was out-of-town, and my mom had left to spend the weekend with my brother. It was a tough day all the way around.

I shared this story with a friend who is a seasoned mom. She said write that story down and put a #1 beside it, because there will be many more!!

Anyway, I’m sure you would rather see pictures of Elijah than you would read my ramblings about the experiences of being a new mom. So, here you go:

Mama’s sweet little boy

Our friend Jojo works for Google and got Elijah this precious little Google hat. The Wallis’ provided the stylish sunglasses!! Doesn’t he look super fabulous?

I asked Elijah to strike a pose for the camera, and he did it…he’s such an obedient baby. ๐Ÿ™‚

Elijah is already doing yoga…can you believe how strong he is!!

Giving Daddy a big smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t he sweet!

Sweet little boy

Here he is with his Google hat and onesie! Watch out Bill Gates, Elijah is moving in!

Already using those hands to express himself.

Sleepy boy. This is how Elijah spends a lot of his day…such a hard life!

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Welcome to the family Elijah!

We have some wonderful news. On September 1, 2008 we became the adoptive parents of a new baby boy – Elijah Wesley Graham! He was born on Saturday, August 30th at 3:43pm in South Carolina. He is a very healthy African American boy and weighs 7lbs and 9 oz. We were able to take him home from the hospital with us today, though home for us during the next week will be in a hotel in Myrtle Beach while we wait for the paper work to process.

As you can imagine we are overjoyed. Thank you for all your support to us in this adoption journey. It all happened very quickly. We were still recovering from our adoption loss when we found out that we were matched with another birth mother.

We found out we were matched with the birth mother on August 29th. The baby was born on August 30th at 3:43pm. The birth mother signed her rights over to us on August 31st. We met the birth mother and Elijah on Sept. 1st. Elijah went home with us (or to the hotel in South Carolina) at 4pm on Sept. 1st!

It has all been a huge blessing for us! We are falling more in love with Elijah every day. He is just precious. Here are some of our favorite photos!

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