Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm a Happy Guy

So even though it is just a little after 6 AM and me and HotDog have only gotten about 2.5 hours of sleep, I have to admit I'm a happy guy. My girls got home safely last night. Allison is upstairs trying to catch up on her sleep and HD is here on my lap trying to help me type.

Thanks to my mother and father I got to fly down to Memphis to meet them off their plane from Amsterdam. I can't tell you how good it felt to see my wife and hold my baby again. The only downside was that I missed them walking out of the gate since I was watching security do a full cavity search on a 90 year old woman who spoke no English in a wheelchair. Anyway it was great to get to see them and to have a little quiet time to reintroduce myself to my daughter.

Allison said HD is a great little traveler. She had a little bit of stomach issues so she was on her third outfit of the trip. She also puked on me within the first two minutes of me holding her. Great way of saying "good to see you dad". Allison did a great job of handling the solo 29 hour trip. I know I could have never done it.

So when we got to Louisville we had about 20 family and friends there to meet us. They all agreed that HD was the prettiest, smartest, best baby in the world. She handled all the attention great and was in a good mood the entire time. Thanks to everyone that came out to see us.

We got back to our house around midnight. The boys were wound up and HD was playful so we settled in for our first night as a family of five. It was amazing watching the boys just stare at her and give her kisses and they were mesmerized by her. The boys were also very busy giving Allison hugs and kisses. I bet two minutes didn't go by without one of them saying "I'm glad your home mom".

HD seems to really be entertained by the Monkey. He was making faces and doing tricks for her constantly. The funniest part of the night was when after one little cry the Monkey quickly said "i think she wants to go back to Kyrgyzstan". We had to politely tell them that we think she is going to stay.

So finally around 2:00 we gave HD a bottle and let her try out her new swing. She went to sleep pretty quickly (even though it didn't last long). So then I proceeded to tuck in the four best things that have ever happened to me. First the boys went down, then Allison and finally HD. It wasn't easy to lay her down. But I know I will have many more nights of rocking her to sleep since my girls are finally home......

Stu

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you guys! You're the luckiest parents who have three of the luckiest children....Take care and treasure every moment!

Kathy

Rachel said...

This may be the absolute sweetest post I have ever read. Stu, what are you doing to me over here?!! It's just after 9am, I shouldn't have tears in my eyes!

Can't wait to meet the little one (and the rest of you I have yet to meet)! Ally, so glad you are home!

Margaret and Tom said...

So sweet...you are making me cry this morning Stu...I have not even had my coffee yet...so glad you are all tucked in safe and sound as a family of 5!!!!!!!!

Michele said...

that is the best news in days. we are so happy for you guys. can't wait to see how much she has grown.

J & H said...

Sooo happy for you all! Enjoy that precious baby girl! :)
Holly

Carey and Norman said...

So glad the girls are home. I know how nervous you must have been waiting for her flight to arrive. I'm looking forward to hearing more about Allison's time in Kryg and more about Hot Dog including photos!!

Monica said...

Woohoo! Such WONDERFUL news!!! :)

Shari said...

I'm soooo thrilled to hear that the girls are home safe and sound and this new chapter has finally begun for you all! I've been following your posts closely, but today I had a few happy tears because it's a feeling so very close to my heart and I know how long you've been waiting! Give Ally a big hug for me and enjoy your new angel!!!!

Many hugs to you all!

Shari Keen

Tami said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful night that must have been.

Lori said...

How funny is "I think she wants to go back to Kyrgyzstan!"? Priceless. She'll be very lucky with them watching over her!!!

SO glad they are home!

Becky said...

YAY! I'm so glad they are home and everyone is settling in! Congratulations!

Jackie S said...

Welcome home HD and Allison!!

Maria said...

Thanks for making me cry! How very beautiful! I know that Allison was very surprised to see you there -- and thankful!!! :-) Hugs to her and HD (if she's up). I can't wait to follow her home. We'll have lots to catch up on when we get time.

April Taylor said...

Woohooooo!!!! Welcome home ladies and congratulations to all 5 of you. It's an awesome thing to become a family of 5.

Cheers!
April Taylor

Troy and Rachel said...

Welcome home ladies - I know the men were glad to see you! So glad everyone is home safe and sound and you can begin enjoying your days together as a family of five! WOW!

Christen and Frank said...

Aww. What a beautiful way to close out the post. Congratulations to you all and WELCOME HOME!! Can't wait to see pictures!

Suzanne said...

What wonderful news! The journey is over and the fun is just beginning. COngratulations.

Suzanne