Saturday, November 6, 2010

Then and Now

This was first day that we met Benjamin, five months ago. (He was sitting on my lap and looking at me in this photo.)

Benjamin and mama now.

What a difference a few months makes! The first few days together (really the first couple of months) it was sometimes hard to feel sure that we were doing the right thing for Benjamin. He was sad. His eyes look so unsure and afraid in those first photos. We didn't know him and he didn't know us.

When I look at those old pictures now I can read and interpret the looks and expressions that he was making. But at the time I could not. It is so hard to not know your baby, a baby who has already experienced over nine months of life. I read in a book the other day that adoption is a lot like opening a book in the middle and starting to read. It's hard for everyone to figure out what is going on for a while.

But when I look at the photo above, it fills my heart with joy. Yes, he is really my baby now and I am his mama. He knows me and I know him. He is at home, and he is thriving.


4 Blessings said...

That statement you read is so true.
Love the pics. He is so beautiful.

Kathryn Lewis said...

LOVE it =) Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

LOVE the picture of you and Benjamin! It's gorgeous!

Amanda said...

such wonderful pictures and a great way to share hope and experience for those who are wondering about the bonding process.

E.T.'s Mom said...

Those are great pictures.

Robbins' Nest said...

this brought tears to my eyes, beautiful transformation!

Jenny said...

Love the pics and the thoughts!

Jenny said...

Love the pics and the thoughts!