Sunday, April 15, 2012

You can call me "Mama Lolo".....

Taken the morning after she came home, I bought this outfit for her 8 months ago and it was so exciting to finally see her in it!! 

Yes you read that right, I am a Mother! 
Let's all take a minute and just scream with joy okay? EEEEEK!!!

Remember I told you that I was going on a long vacation in March? Well I thought that I was. 

3 days before I was going to leave for 2 1/2 weeks I got a call that I had pretty much given up on. 

It was asking if we were still interested in taking a little girl named Cheyenne (age 22 months) out of foster care. I had a really bad fever at the time and I thought I was hallucinating. I mean really, I just sat there and went "Uh huh....".  

We have been fighting for this child for MONTHS in court to be placed with us. We are distant family members and the birth mother wanted her with us too. We would go to court once a month and nothing would get accomplished and we would get more and more discouraged. Getting this phone call was a miracle, pure and simple. While still internally freaking out (but trying not to act like it)

 I learned that she could be placed with us in a week!! I called people screaming and could hardly even tell them that Cheyenne was finally coming home! One person literally thought that my house was on fire or some other horrifying thing had happened. :) 

Her first moments home were spent rocking with Mom. She took a little nap on my shoulder and woke up happy! I was in heaven.

So after having one week to get our house together for our insta-toddler, we were as ready as we were ever going to be! She came on a Monday at 3:35 and has been here for one month now. Without a doubt it has been the best month of our lives. We are so happy we walk around with perma-grins on our faces! 

A lot of people ask us how she adjusted to coming to live with us, so I thought ya'll might be wondering too. She has adjusted more wonderfully than we could have ever dreamed!! I fully expected her to cry for weeks and just be very sad (totally understandable) but she was not at all! She is the happiest little girl I have ever met! She very very rarely cries and when she does it's for a good reason. She sleeps through the night perfectly, goes down for a nap without a fuss, eats anything you give her and says "Thank You" every.single.time. you give her something. She speaks REALLY well for her age which is great because we can communicate! I could go on and on about her. She is just so much fun! 

Here are some more fun photos!

First night home in adorable Elmo PJ's after bath! 

Playing dress up, what a pretty princess she is! 

This little girl LOVES her Daddy! 

Easter. So adorable!

Our Family on Easter Sunday

First day with pigtails was last week, so cute!!

I kiss her all day long, wouldn't you?!

After seeing how adorable she is, I think you can understand why I haven't been on my blog at all since she came home. 

And I have to be honest with you. I have zero desire to do anything but love on her right now. I waited for her for so long and I'm going to soak it all in! So it will be a while until I'm back to blogging, but I will be back every now and then to post an update or a cute craft I make. Deal? :) 

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  1. What a wonderful story! We will miss you but the blogging world can wait :)

  2. Awww.. Congratulations, Momma! Best of luck and all the happiness in the world to the three of you! I am sure you guys are going to be an A-mazing family toghether!

  3. Lois, you are right! Family first and we are ALL so glad you are a FAMILY! Congratulations! Enjoy every single moment.

  4. I have only been following your blog here and there for a few months or so I wasn't very familiar with your story. After reading this post I'm tearing up. I am very happy for you and your family! That little girl is so lucky nd blessed! Congrats! :)

  5. i'm all teary after reading this. congratulations. being a mom is the most amazing feeling in the world. i'm so happy that you are feeling that right now. <3

  6. So, so happy for you and for Cheyenne! I'm so happy and it gives me such hope! Go snuggle with your new little girl and enjoy as many happy moments as you can together!

  7. YAY!!!!! I read the title of your post and started crying! Such a happy thing! I'm so glad for you, mama! I've got a little girl who is about 6 months older than your daughter (don't you love hearing that?!!! DAUGHTER!!!) so I can at least relate to the snuggle-time bliss. You do whatever it takes to love on that precious doll, and don't worry, we'll be here when you get the urge to blog again. :) C

  8. That is AMAZING news!!! Congratulations!!! What a beautiful little girl. :) Have fun being a mama!!!!

  9. Okay, here goes..... EEEEEK!! I am so happy for both of you. :) She is a very adorable little girl (especially in that cute little Easter that family picture with the 3 of you!). I know you are so blessed to have her and she is very lucky to get you and Doug as parents. Good luck with all the new adventures you will be having in the coming months and years. Now....I can finally say I'm in the know about the baby! :)

  10. Must. Stop. Crying. About. Cheyenne.

    Good tears. Good tears.

  11. Congratulations and I am so happy for you! That photo of your family is adorable and I wish you best wishes!

  12. I just happened upon this blog and your story while surfing pinterest. It brought tears to my eyes, so wonderful! Congratulations!

  13. Congrats to you and your family. What an answer to lots of prayers.

  14. I am so happy for you. Congratulations. You are an amazing mama!!!

  15. so happy for you Lois! She is beautiful!

  16. wonderful news Lois! congratulations on becoming a Momma!!

  17. That is so exciting! Congratulations!

  18. Congratulations Loise! She is precious, enjoy her before she grows, they tend to do that way too fast! ;) TFS your pictures with us.
    Have a lovely day!

  19. This is the kind of thing that makes my heart so happy! I am thrilled for you, and for that little girl that she has such a loving home now!

  20. CONGRATULATIONS! God Bless your beautiful family!!! What a cutie patootie...but those piggy tails take the cake!!!


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