Wow. In the last 48 hours I’ve become the daddy to a rambunctious 14-month old boy!
How did this happen, you might ask? Well, here’s the story. But first, a little about my new best buddy. His name is Theodore James (TJ) Gleason. He is named after my paternal grandfather and Jen’s maternal grandfather. He was both in August 2006, and he’s got blond hair and bright blue eyes. He’s awesome – he’s toddling all over the place, going from toy to toy to cat to book to mommy to toy to me to…you get the idea.
So TJ in the process of being adopted. We have what is called temporary adoptive custody – we were selected as the adoptive parents, and in six months the whole thing will be final and done. There was some drama around the adoption process, but that’s all done with now and our focus is on TJ and his well-being.
He is adjusting amazingly well – he’s been with us now for 24 hours, and in that time he’s been just great. He hasn’t really demonstrated any of the anxiety we expected, but it’s still very early – I’m sure he’s going to wake up one day from a nap or something and think, “this isn’t where I used to be.” But the fact is that now he is home – and we want to make him as happy and comfortable as we possibly can.
So, for Jen and I this means a complete change of lifestyle. From being dual-income no kid types to a 14-month old and a temporary stay at hom mom (Jen is on leave until February), it’s going to be a real switch. Of course there are toys and books and whatnot everywhere – and it’s pretty darn cool.