As I've mentioned in a previous post, Noah and I had to wait to leave Utah until all of the legal paperwork cleared. Our caseworker said it could take anywhere from four days to four weeks. I prepared myself for the worst and brought everything Noah would need for the first month of his life with me when Ryan and I road tripped to Utah. In the end though, we got clearance to leave the state only four days after the adoption papers were signed! Hallelujah!
My little sister had come to Utah to spend the weekend with me and Noah, so she made the drive home to Colorado with me. It was way too much fun. I adore my little sis. We decided to do the trip in two days--to give Noah a little break halfway through and also to see our cousins in Grand Junction.
On our way out of town, we stopped in Provo so that my good friend Molly (who is about to graduate from BYU's photography program) could take Noah's pictures. The photos are amazing, and I will post them soon. Laura and I grabbed a J-Dawg on the way out if town (yummmmmm) and then started the trek east to Colorado.
Both days of the trip, Noah slept most of the way, but we did have to occasionally stop to change his diaper and give him a bottle. Is he precious or what??
|"Mom, this is embarrassing." I may see this face for the rest of my life when I kiss him in public! :)|
Two weeks later, when Laura and I arrived with Noah, we were greeted by an excited entourage:
|Aunt Beth and Marcus|
The next day, we intended to leave bright and early, but after a typical late night with the LaBos, we got going around noon. :)
|Noah was tired from partying hard the night before|
|Stopping in Vail for dinner|
I thought Noah's outfit was appropriate for a car trip (it had a car on it)
Sarah was just a little bit excited to meet her first nephew.
|Aunt Sarah and Noah|
|Yes, my sister is insane. I love her.|
Their son Callum was so excited to meet "Baby Noah" and share his toys. This is good practice for when he will have to start sharing with his own little brother or sister...in April! Yup, Sarah found out she is pregant the week that we adopted Noah. So exciting!
And Great Grammy and Grampy were waiting to welcome Noah to the family too!
They love their great grandsons!
|"Oh woe is me...everyone stop giving me so much attention!"|
Ryan made Noah a sign for his bedroom door. He was so excited to have him home that he couldn't put him down, even when he was studying.
So there you have it. Noah's adoption story from start to finish--or is it from start to new beginning? Noah is now 38 days old and getting cuter and plumper and more alert by the minute. We love him more than words can say. I can't wait to see him smile...and then sit up...and then crawl...and then walk..and then get on the school bus to kindergarten...and then play on his first sports team...and then have his first crush...and then go to high school...and then graduate and go to college...and then meet the woman of his dreams...and then have his own children...I'm sure it will feel like he grew up that quickly when I look back in thirty years.
|Noah--two weeks old|
This boy will never grow up, right??
Life is so so good, and we are so so lucky to be Noah's parents.