Happy Friday, beautiful. It’s been quite a difficult couple of weeks for our country as we come together to mourn and make since of the recent tragedies. I thought I’d share a feel-good post about probably the most precious time of my life- being united with our daughters and having the most amazing opportunity to spend alone time with them and get to know them. It’s been awhile since I posted about our adoption journey, so I thought it was time guide you a little further on our adventure. In my last adoption post, I shared about our first Gotcha Day. We finally had our cherry blossoms in our arms and were showering them with all of our love. We knew we needed to stay in Japan for about a month. It depended on the scheduling of our embassy interview appointment. We also needed to get passport photos and passports for the girls which took a bit of time to do. The twins also had to be at least one month old to fly on an airplane. I’ll go into more of those details in another post.
Looking back at this time, I realize what a blessing it was. Although we didn’t have family or friends with us to share the joy or to help us take care of our babies, we had such a special time to bond as a family, which is so important in adoption. I remember worrying about whether or not we would bond, but those worries melted away as Mila and Kaiya cuddled with us. There was no one else, no phone calls to make or receive, we didn’t have to worry if we didn’t have time to shower or look good (as seen evident by in the photos), and none of the demands of normal, everyday life… it was just the four of us and it was special. I would just stare at them and my heart would literally skip a beat (and it still does). Not in the way it does when you fall in love… this was another level. It was so sweet and tender to see their love for each other too. The most striking thing about Mila and Kaiya was how close they were to each other. When we laid them down next to each other they would somehow move even closer to each other, often holding hands or even cuddling. This bond has never wavered to this day. We also quickly noticed the differences in their twins personalities and way of doing things. Kiaya showed strong emotions, just like daddy and Mila was more laid back like me. Our family and our hearts were complete.