... has happened.
After an emotional journey of almost two and a half years, with lots of low points and moments of despair, Chris and I finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel.
We've adopted a 9 month old boy!
He moved in with us at the end of August. I've no idea what day it is any more, and I can't remember what 'not tired' feels like. I'm loving it!
He is bright and inquisitive - he's always looking around to see what's going on, and he must've been an owl in a former life because he can almost swivel his head around 360 degrees. He has a wonderful sense of humour, with the most infectious giggle, and will play peekaboo round the back of the sofa over and over again, laughing his head off every time you jump out at him. He's walking around holding onto furniture or with the help of his baby walker, and we're sure he won't be long before he's walking unsupported. When he crawls, he's like a little pocket rocket, getting from one side of the room to the other in no time at all. He loves his food, but doesn't like having his face wiped afterwards. He sleeps right through the night for 11 hours straight, and babbles away to himself happily when he wakes up each morning. He laughs at the clock on our living room wall every day. He has six teeth. He's wonderful, and we love him.
For obvious reasons, I have to be careful about what information I reveal - there probably won't be many photos, apart from non-identifying ones - and of course I can't say his name, but I think I'll call him Junior on here, as that's how Chris and I sometimes refer to him.
I'd love to blog regularly about what we're up to, but I'm finding it hard to find the time, and when I do have time, I'm too tired to do anything really! I need to frame myself and be more proactive, and use my free time more wisely, but I'm also trying not to beat myself up about the things that aren't getting done around the house. The most important thing is to have this intensive bonding period with Junior - just him, Chris and myself. We haven't even been allowed to introduce him to family yet, but hopefully it won't be too much longer before we can start to show him off to everyone.
So if things go quiet on here again, I've actually got a really good excuse this time! I'm busy being a mum. At last.