A Day More Than 6 Years in the Making

Three days after the official date where we should have taken custody of Dylan, the crib in our apartment was empty and our son was still at the baby house due to a fever and a sore throat he developed earlier in the week. We were desperate to have him home with us, but thankful that he was getting the medical care that he needed. By now he was much better, though, and our coordinator managed to convince the head doctor to let us take custody of Dylan that Saturday and trust us to continue administering his antibiotics.

 

On Saturday morning we had visitation as usual and then we went home to while away the 3 hours until we could return to the Delphin House for the last time. Never have 3 hours seem to pass more slowly! Every time we looked at the clock, only five or so minutes had passed since the last time we'd checked. So we waited, and waited...

Finally, it was time. When we knocked on the nurses' station door, the caregivers demanded we hand over the clothes we brought for Dylan so they could change him. I was a bit disappointed, as I wanted to be the one to change him, but Bill reminded me that I would be changing him plenty from then on. After a few minutes, Dylan was brought out and placed in our arms. We took a few pictures, then walked out the door of the baby house with our son and took him to our apartment!

 

Dylan did remarkably well with the change of living quarters. He was not at all anxious or scared, just mainly curious at all there was to see. After letting him explore the apartment, we decided to introduce Dylan to the wonders of television, and popped in a Baby Einstein DVD on the computer. He was amazed (see picture on slideshow)!

 

While we still had him awake, we decided to do a round of Skype calls, starting with my parents. Little did Dylan's "abuelitos" know that we had a surprise for them...we had installed a camera on our laptop, so as soon as they started talking to us, they saw Dylan's face staring back at them and trying to eat the camera. They were so excited to finally see their grandchild live! After talking to them for a while, we called Bill's mom, who was also very happy and surprised to see Dylan, although at this point he had started to get a little fussy.

We put Dylan to bed around 9 pm, and by 10:20 pm we'd already checked on him 4 or 5 times, mainly just to stare at him and marvel at every breath he took. For over six years, we'd dreamed of the day when we would bring our baby home. Words couldn't possibly express how happy we were that our dream had finally come true...

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  • This is one of my favorite entries so far! I can only imagine how you guys felt at that very moment. That last picture on the slide show is beautiful :-) Loved it!

  • In reply to NinaGoyco:

    Thanks, Nina! That's one of my all-time favorite pictures, too!

  • What a beautiful entry, Khadine! I feel like I was there with you guys. Love the pics, especially the expression on Dylan's face while watching the computer and the one of you two on the bed - absolutely beautiful!

  • In reply to llutarewych:

    Glad you liked it, Laura! We LOVE the picture of Dylan watching TV. It just captured his amazement so nicely!

  • Oh Khadine! I have tears in my eyes! Those last two photos with Dylan and his big "O" mouth, while watching Baby Einstein, and you and he on the bed. Wow! Just incredible!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Aww, thanks Anita! I'm so glad you liked the entry and the pictures!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Este es uno de los capitulos mas interesante de la Saga "Dylan".Fue emocionante saber que, al fin, ya lo tenias contigo.

  • In reply to Valmir:

    Y verlo por fin en la pantalla! Nunca me voy a olvidar en la expresion en sus caras... :-)

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Cada vez que leo tus relatos se me aguan los ojos y recuerdo lo bueno que es el Se

  • In reply to Valmir:

    Y a el con esos abuelos tan fabulosos! Esta loquisimo por verlos (y por comer merengues...)!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Khadine, se me aguaron los ojos. Those pictures were so powerful. I admire you and Bill tremendously.

  • In reply to abelaval:

    Gracias, Ana! Nunca nos olvidaremos de ese dia tan esperado. Fue verdaderamente un sueno hecho realidad!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Excelente entrada y me reitero con mi comentario de la pen

  • In reply to camoll:

    Tienes toda la razon, Carina, finalmente tener a nuestro hijo en brazos para siempre hizo que se esfumara toda la frustracion y el sacrificio de los ultimos 6 anos. Gracias por tu comentario!

  • In reply to camoll:

    Khadine, what a beautiful family. Que Dios les d

  • In reply to mamoll:

    Gracias, Mary Ann! Que bueno oir de ti! Espero poder verlas (y presentarles a Dylan) la proxima vez que vayamos a PR!

  • In reply to mamoll:

    Great entry. Lo recuerdo todo. El tiempo pasa y uno se olvida de todo lo que pasaron para tener a Dylan con ustedes. Los admiro!!

    Me encantan las fotos, siempre me gusto Dylan con su "mohawk".

  • In reply to Jadit:

    A mi tambien me encantaba su mohawk! Todavia tiene una pequena version de el. Gracias por tu comentario, siempre es apreciado! :-)

  • In reply to Jadit:

    Those pictures just made my heart melt! Muchas felicidades por tu hijo tan bello!

  • In reply to Ileana:

    Gracias, Ileana! Me alegro que te hayan gustado, y gracias tambien por leer el blog!

  • In reply to Jadit:

    I love the last photo of the two of you on the bed. Brings tears to my eyes. Congrats.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    That's one of my all-time favorites of me & Dylan. Just takes me back to that moment every time I see it...thanks for your comment, Jackie!

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Have been thinking about this entry since Sunday...was finally able to check today (have to "keep up" with this incredible story). Love this part (& your getting closer to the journey "home")! P.S. We're having a great time so far....just beautiful...wish you were here. And glad you like the sleep-over pics! :)

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Wow, Kathi, thank for checking in from the Caymans! Glad you're having a good time. Say hi to Jim, Mike & the boys. We miss you guys!

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