Davis, Our First Month | Texture Tuesday

This weeks Texture Tuesday, I wanted to go back and share how our little guy is doing! So much to tell! So I thought I would go back through our pictures of our first month with Davis.  From our “Gotcha Day” on March 5 through April 5.  Those first few moments when he was “officially” ours and in our arms to the first days in our apartment, to bringing him home, and what it was like going from zero to toddler! It has been such a whirlwind of an experience! I want to share it, and make sure it is all documented.

I remember that morning so perfectly.  We got into Seoul, South Korea on Monday night, March 3, had spent all day March 4 recovering from jet lag, shopping for supplies for the week, acclimating to our surroundings, and trying are hardest to wrap our hearts and brains around what was about to happen that next day.  After a night of jet lag and nerves, neither of us got much sleep, but we got up, got ready, ate *some* breakfast and took off to our agency.  The entire time we were just a mess of emotions. I was so thankful that Scott was level headed and could get us through the subway system and get us there.

Once we got to our agency, SWS, we walked up all the stairs (because who had time to wait on the elevator!), and then we waited.  Davis and his foster Omma were stuck in traffic and would be there soon… so about 30 minutes later, they walk in.  My heart was beating out of my chest.  What was he thinking? How was he going to react to this new transition? Were they REALLY going to let us keep him, like for forever? His sweet foster mama… my heart was breaking for so many reasons.  We sat for about 30-45 minutes in this little play room, letting our Davis play, see us, I just kept crying and holding his foster mama’s hand and telling her thank you, thank you for loving and caring for our baby when we couldn’t yet. Thank you for loving all the babies you have ever cared for, and promising we would send updates, and that we would love him forever.  I just couldn’t stop crying.  Then Scott, myself, Davis in my arms, our social worker, and Davis’ foster mama all walked to the elevator.  We said our final goodbyes, she gave Davis final kisses, and the doors opened, and we got on. And our foster mother stayed there. Then, if I didn’t think I could cry anymore, buckets came.  I am crying now, just remembering that moment. We then got into the taxi, went our way back to our apartment, our home away from home, with OUR baby, as a family of three. We couldn’t believe it.  Scott and I both said silent prayers for a smooth transition, for Davis’ heart to be prepared to move from his temporary family to his forever family. 

Finally, we made it to our hotel with no meltdowns, an occasional smile, and went up to our room.  For this sweet baby to fall asleep on my shoulder for his nap.  We had some hard moments once he woke up, we saw confusion, grief, fear, but we slowly got to see more and more of our boy.  Snacks, toys, and trying to get him to laugh helped so much (Our micorwave timer’s ding helped tremendously!) We made it through our first day fairly well. 

The next morning Davis woke up early and devoured some yogurt.  Pretty much our whole week there, he ate yogurt, strawberries, and these rice cake things his foster mama sent with him. We did more playing, more snuggling, more snacking (our little snack monster). We even ventured out of the apartment for a little bit! 

After that, we had an amazing first few days with our little man! Besides bath time and brushing his teeth, he did so amazing and adjusted to us amazingly well!! We were so thankful!!! We also got to meet some new friends who got their son (also Davis!) the day after we did! 

We had our first adventure of eating out with a toddler as parents:)As you can see, it wasn’t quite the same as it was pre-toddler!! Ha!
It was super cold the week we were in Seoul, so we really only got out a little at a time with Davis.  And the Ergo carrier was such an amazing essential on our trip!! 
We were just down the street from two amazing palaces so we made the trip out to see if one afternoon. Davis wasn’t too impressed and slept through the entire tour.  One day we will go back (hopefully more than once!) with him to show him his amazing homeland. 
But then he woke up, and we let him out to run around a bit.  OUR sweet, happy boy! 
VISA day!!!! Behind us was the US Embassy where Davis’ Visa was issued so we could leave Korea with him, and bring him into the US!!! This was a BIG deal day! It was pretty amazing to have the official paperwork in hand saying we could come HOME!  
We walked past this quote everyday as we left our apartment.  I just love it. We were definitely called to  be this boys parents.  And we never gave up.  What an amazing reminder of God’s plan for us! 
We had to go to N Seoul Tower with Davis to leave a lock, and of course, we chose Tennessee Orange! 
Final night in Seoul.  Talk about about emotional.  So ready to be home, so sad to leave this amazing city, scared to bring our baby home, excited to bring our baby home. I couldn’t stop the tears! 
But here we go.  On the plan for a long time, with a very busy 20 month old!!! 
He finally fell asleep after 8 hours on the flight….
Our newest US citizen!!! He wasn’t too impressed at first, but then decided chips were good, and he was finally FREE too move around in Detroit! 
Home:)More on the airport Home Coming HERE
Forever home, in our bed, with our son.  The moment was amazing. 
We re-adoped Davis in the state of TN! 
Davis got to meet his cousins for the first time and his Uncle Greg!

And there was our first month home!!!!! Crazy to look back on it.  Emotional to look back on it. But it is part of our story, and a big part of his! Over the next few weeks, I am going to recap our time home.  Now that I am learning and managing how to balance being a business owner, wife, friend, daughter, and now a MAMA, I will be blogging more and more!

Davis has really adjusted so well.  We slept with us in our bed for the first 2 weeks home, then we slowly transitioned him into his crib! His laugh is the best sounds in the world! We brought him home he weighed 22 pounds and was 33 inches tall.  None of the clothes that we had for him fit, all way too big. So of course, we had to do some shopping once we got home! Every day he was learning new things and it just blew our minds.  To watch our sweet boy grow and learn has been remarkable. We first started working on teaching him some basic signs to help with communication.  That was one of the toughest parts about bringing him home.  He didn’t understand what we were saying, and he couldn’t communicate with us.  I mean the basic information, eat, drink weren’t there.  Once he learned signs, things got so much better! Less meltdowns, less tears (from both of us).  Overall, most of it was a bit of a blur. It took us a couple of weeks to get Davis into our timezone, out of our bed, understanding some basic words, and get him to start trusting us that we will be there to meet his needs.  But we made it!

More about month two next week! The month we reached attachment, starting saying some words, and when we turned a corner!! Thanks for sticking with this super long post!  It has been quite the journey and we appreciate all the thoughts and prayers to get all three of us here!!!

July 22, 2014 - 10:34 am

Elizabeth Scruggs - Precious story, precious baby, precious family. :)
Beyond happy for y’all.
God is so good.
xo

July 22, 2014 - 11:07 am

Candice - The blank and white “snarl face/squish nose” selfie of you and Davis is adorable!!!

Nashville, TN & Hilton Head Island, SC Destination Wedding Photographer | Ann & Brent {Wedding}

Oh how I have been dying to share the amazing wedding with y’all!!! When I met with Ann this winter, they were planning a big, Nashville wedding! However, as they started getting into the wedding planning, they decided a smaller, more intimate wedding was really what they were dreaming about for their wedding day. Ann sent me an email and asked if I would be willing to make the trip down Hilton Head Island to capture their wedding.  I couldn’t have said YES soon enough! Give me the ocean, and I am a happy girl! We planned the whole day and ceremony around the sunset, so we would have the perfect, romantic light that I just love.  Even through it *tried* to rain right before the ceremony, the storm blew right by us for the perfect setting.  I really couldn’t have been more of a perfect day! After the ceremony, I took Brent and Ann down to the beach for some pretty amazing sunset pictures! I love how they just LOVE so boldly and melt into each other.  Following our beach pictures we headed straight over to Steamers, where the owner transformed his restaurant into a pretty amazing reception.  Twinkle lights under the stars, guitar playing in the background, laughter and smiles everywhere you looked! Their wedding couldn’t have been a more perfect representation of their love for each other.  Take a look!

I had a very open love affair with Ann’s amazing custom dress from The White Room  by designer Stephen Yearick. So stunning on Ann!!

Vendors:

The Dress: The White Room, Lebanon

Ceremony:  Marriott Spa and Resort

Reception: Steamer Seafood

Our Adoption Homecoming Story | Bringing Home Our Davis {Texture Tuesday}

This post is long over due.  We now have been home as a family of 3 for four months now, and what an amazing journey it has been to get to this point! Scott and I have been so overwhelmed from all the prayers, love, grace, and excitement y’all have all shared with us on this incredible trip to bring our boy HOME! We have felt each and every one, and it has been so fun sharing Davis with our family and friends.  They finally get to know what we did the first time we saw him.  He was meant to be in our family. Meant to be in Tennessee in his forever home (even saying “Hi” with the most perfect southern draw!”.  And we can’t imagine our life without him.

For months now, I have wanted to share with you one of the longest, most emotional days of our lives.  The day we got on a plane for a 13 hour flight (with our 20 month old son, who knew us for 8 days), and brought him to his new home, with new smells, sights, sounds, and people.  We had about 30 hours of travel time to get home and Davis was such a champ! His little happy spirit is what helped make this day so much better.  Also, we knew the end result meant we would finally be HOME!

We tried to keep our homecoming a pretty small at the airport, mainly family and a few close friends, but of course my dear photographer friends were their to document each and every moment! So thankful that Chesley, Sara, and Wendy could all be there to make sure we never forget this amazing day! These pictures that I am sharing today are from Chesley! She also blogged our homecoming and y’all should definitely go check it out! Every time I look at these, I get so emotional!!!! The power of a photograph, y’all.  This day is forever documented. The emotions are forever frozen for us to relive, to enjoy, and to retell his story to Davis over and over.  So he knows that he was wanted, waited for, prayed for, and loved always! Come take a look at our journey home!

PS- Hoping to get back into the blogging grove and continuing Texture Tuesday! May not be every week, but hopefully more Tuesdays than not! Happy Tuesday y’all! Hope it is a great one:)

July 15, 2014 - 8:08 am

Kellie Carter - So beautiful and filled with emotion! My heart is still beaming with happiness for you and your sweet family!!!!! <3

July 15, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Ebba - I have missed these Texture Tuesdays!! These pictures make me so happy <3

Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN | Ann & Brent {Engagement}

My last blog post was February 28, 2014. Four and a half months ago! With good reason it has been quiet on the blog! Not that it has been quiet in our home, our life, or my work! But 4 months ago we FINALLY got to bring home our amazing son from South Korea after waiting 11 months.  The last 4 months have been spent with lots of laughter, lots of running around, lots of playing, lots of loving, and yes, a few tears.  The last 4 months have been nothing short of the hardest, most amazing four months of our lives! And so while I have been soaking in being a new mama, I am still trying to figure out how to juggle being a mama AND business owner.  I think this will be a constant struggle, but new routines are being made and we are sort of in a groove now.  And I promise, I will be posting more and more of our little family and what we have been up to since February! (follow me on instagram to see our day to day activities! @rwphotos)

Over the last few months, I have still been working and had the opportunity to capture so many amazing moments! One of my recent engagement sessions with Brent and Ann just had to get shared on here! These two! Ahhh! They just melt into each other! My kind of couple:)Happy and in love and hardly able to contain their excitement! My favorite!!! We met on a beautiful May afternoon for their engagement session, and could not love these two more! Take a look at a few of my favorites from their engagement session! 

Stay tuned for their beach front, Hilton Head Wedding that I got to photograph last month!! It was simply amazing!!!

Seoul, South Korea | Travel Call

The day we have been waiting for for the last 11 months came yesterday.  The call that official declares our sweet Davis legally ours.  Something we have known in our hearts since the moment we saw his face on April 9, 2013.  We are leaving for Seoul, South Korea in just two days!!!! We still can’t believe it!!! Another week in the amazing city of Seoul, but this time, we get to see it with our sweet baby.  What an experience!

While we are in this final stretch to bring our boy home, we just ask you to continue to pray for us.  Pray as we travel, as we comfort our grieving son at the loss of his foster mother.  Pray that we are able to meet our son’s needs as we transition him into our care, and to be able to reassure him in his confusion and fear of new faces and places. Please pray that God helps us as we learn to be new parents to our precious 20 month old son.  Pray that our trip home on the airplane is calm and fast.  Our first trip to Korea, the entire time, we could feel the peace and prayers wrapped around us the entire time! We appreciate all the love, support, hugs, notes, and comfort we have received from family, new and old friends, and even strangers! Please continue those prayers over the next 10 days as we travel to bring our son to his forever home! We cannot wait to share his pictures with the internet world as soon as we get him HOME!!!!

April 29, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Lisa - Hi Rebecca and Scott, We’ve been anxiously waiting to hear how you’re doing with your new sweet little guy. Can’t wait to see some pictures of him! I’m sure you’ve been busy. I wanted to let you know that I just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Check out my latest blog at smushedkisses.wordpress for the details. Hope to see you guys soon!

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