It's hard to know how to distill the day we've experienced into a few words. So I didn't, it's mostly going into two posts. To hear about the process of meeting him this morning visit the Raising Colombian Kids blog by clicking here. Today has been one of the most joyful and awesomely low-key days of my life. Many of life's big events are high stress and dramatic but Elian is definitely the child for us. We could not pick a better little guy if we chose ourselves. He is fun and outgoing for Arnold and sweet and smiley for me. And although we were steeling ourselves for a rough day and the possibility of weeks of rejection and hysterical fits our little boy saw fit to bless us with a day full of laughter, jokes and the best behavior that you could ever ask of a 17 month old. Goes directly to Arnold and I when he is upset? Check. Somehow magically knows not to pull the ornaments off Andres' Christmas tree? Check! Says "Gracias" when you help him up and down the stairs? CHECK. When to bed in less than 15 minutes after the cutest, happiest bath in a tiny little bucket? CHECK!
So many other adoptive parents told me how wonderful it would be but I guess you just really don't know until you experience it yourself. Today was the best day of my life, I don't know how anything else could compare.