LJ ran to the van, slapped Ben with a high-five and with a huge smile said, "Hi, dad!" His exuberance didn't stop there as he nearly tackled Ty to the ground with a hug. He was happy to see us.
Each visit LJ reveals a little more of his personality.
We took the boys to IHOP and enjoyed pancakes all around. I was pleasantly surprised at how well behaved both boys were and that we were able to enjoy our first meal together as a family. Both boys have tremendous appetites and wiped their plates and mine clean of food!
I know it's only been a few days, but so far having two two year olds is proving easier than one. Ty is completely entertained by LJ. Ben and I actually had an uninterrupted conversation in the car as Ty's endless questions were directed to LJ and not us.
The backseat conversation was completely nonsensical, but neither boy seemed to notice. One would shout "Donuts!" and both would be in silly hysterics over who said what.
When it came to play time, LJ enjoyed taking on the big slides. Every time his feet hit the ground he would proudly announce, "I did it, dad!" and look to Ben for approval. He is quite taken with my husband. And Ty. Every time I looked, LJ was giving Ben's knees or neck a squeeze. He can give or take me, but I don't take it personally. Moms have been like shoes to this kid...they're switched out every few months.
He's never had a dad. Until now.
I know our time for bonding will come. For now, I will enjoy the interactions between my three boys.
We found out, yesterday, that we were one of sixty-five families interested in adopting LJ. I am so very thankful that God chose us.
My heart is happy.