Friday, October 16, 2009

Jake's Mama no more?

A year ago today, Jake stepped off the airplane to a new world — one filled with a Mama and a Baba and grandparents and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
We have been so blessed throughout this past year and look forward to many years of being a family.
Some months ago, our little boy stopped calling us Mama and Baba, and as he developed enough English skills to communicate on his own, and he started calling us Mommy and Daddy.
We're not sure when the change was made, but all of the sudden it was there. Kevin mentioned long ago he kind of missed being Baba, but our Little Man is showing his personality by calling us what he would call us. Of course, at the time, he was still calling me Mama some, so I had the best of it all.
His grandpa made himself known as Papa, which for a little boy with a cleft was easier to say than Grandpa, and, of course, Jake being smart and all, he figured out Mama was easier than Grandma for both his grandmas.
However, it was even more confusing because that's Mama's name.
At first, he called his grandmas MaMi (the i is long) and I encouraged that greatly, but eventually the more he called me Mommy the more he called grandmas Mama, even though he still says MaMi and even Grandma some, too.
But it really doesn't matter so much now. To our little man I am Mommy, Daddy is Daddy and he loves his Papa and two Mamas. We are a wonderful family.
He met all his grandparents and some of his aunts, cousins and friends for the first time Oct. 16, 2008.
Yes, it has been a year.
We have said it before: We are blessed.
It is so good to know that all the years of worry and pain all worked out to a perfect ending that God knew all along.
Happy anniversary to our family.

Jake and Grandma:

Jake and Grandma:

Jake and Grandpa:

Jake and Mommy and Daddy:

Jake a few days in our arms:

Jake now:


Jolene and Dan Powell said...

Home a year already! Wow! He is just flourishing with you guys. God knows all, doesn't He?

Anyway, congrats on one year as a family. You've been such an inspiration to us! I'm glad God connected us.

Gina said...

Oh the joy and gifts that children are! God Bless your sweet family!

quilt-n-mama said...

Happy Birthday Jake!!!! I hope your day is awesome!
And happy 1 year home! We loved meeting you guys and hanging out at Salt Lake, hopefully we can do it again sometime!
Gayly for our crew

Norman, Cheryl, Olivia said...

Wow he is getting so big. What a difference a year makes.

Journey To Eden said...

Congrats to all of you. You are all so very blessed to have each other. Jake looks like such a happy, well cared for little boy.