|Car seat test|
|Going home outfit, so cute|
|Mommy is completely in love (still totally surreal to say mommy)|
|We are a happy family :)|
|Such a great nurse. We found out after spending the day with her that she was LDS. Kind of crazy!|
|First ride in the car seat|
|Walking out of the hospital. They make you keep the baby in the bed. I thought that was kind of funny.|
|SO HAPPY to finally be leaving with our little man!|
On the way home we stopped to see Benson's birth-mom and her little sisters and mom. The little girls had not been able to meet Benson yet and of course Sierra was excited to see him again. It was hard to know what to expect walking up to their apartment and knocking on their door. Because we had not been there at Benson's birth and he had been in the NICU this was the first time where we would all be together with Benson. We had spent so much time with Sierra and her mom, talking about this day, planning everything, but here we were, knocking on her door, holding the baby she had given birth to 5 days before. It's hard to even explain the emotion. They answered the door and immediately Carmen and Isabel were so excited to see and hold the baby. They had been with their sister through her pregnancy. They had been to every doctors appointment with her. They had been talking to all of us about Benson for months. They knew that this baby was part of their family and they wanted to meet him. It was so cute! Sierra held Benson for a while, looking at his hands and feet, asking questions about how he was doing, talking about her time with him in the hospital. She was so brave and didn't get emotional, but she was always very good at being brave. Her mom, Carrie, was a bit more emotional when she held him but still happy and loving with us and with him. It was a good experience for us to all be together.
|Benson's birth family|
|Benson's beautiful, beautiful birth mom!|
|I love open adoption! I love that we have pictures of us together. I love that we know Benson's birth family and that they know us.|
|Pure love! This picture says it all.|
We spent about thirty minutes with Benson's birth family and then drove back to our temporary home at the Williams. It was so much fun to share this time with Kimmie. She and I have been through a lot, but this was different. This was me becoming a mother. She got to experience it first hand and I loved having her with me through it all. I also LOVE sharing adoption with everyone and anyone. It is a special and spiritual experience that I wish everyone had the chance to be a part of.
|Benson meeting the Williams family for the first time|
|Benson's first night at home|