We named our son Jerik Gavin Samuel. Jerik was after the name Jericho, which was the name my parents gave the baby they lost years ago. This name has always been dear to my heart and I was so happy to give him this name. Gavin was his birth name. Samuel was his biblical middle name just like our oldest two boys and this was also the name of his biological uncle. We wanted his birth name to always be part of who he was, and tell his story.
Jerik opened his eyes minutes after getting to lunch and looked right up at me. We were so excited to see his big brown eyes for the first time and introduce him to our family (over FaceTime.) Being an adoptive mom is no different than being a biological mom. I couldn't wait to see him, feed him, and change his diaper for the first time. He was hungry so I was able to give him his first bottle while we waited for our food. It brought back so many memories of when we met Coyer and I was able to feed him for the first time. I loved how he looked up at me the entire time he drank. This was the first moment I felt like HIS mom. A moment that means the world when you are an adoptive mom. It was the greatest feeling ever!
Our kids were so excited to talk with us and see their baby brother for the first time. We couldn't wait till they were all together but were also excited to spend the next 1-2 weeks bonding with Jerik alone. Our next stop was going to our host home and getting settled.
We were beyond blessed to be able to stay with an amazing Christian couple that opened up their home for as long as we needed while we were in NC and allowed us to have a place that felt like "home." We were excited to spend the coming week learning about the community where Jerik was born and his routine. Knowing these small details of his life would be so important to share with him someday.
Hi, I'm Kansas! I wish we could be doing this face to face over coffee. Maybe someday, till then this will have to do!