Thursday, February 5, 2009

Mailman and milestones....

The other day Mal and I were hanging out at home and Malak RAN to the front window, a huge smile on his face and joy in his eyes. When he got to the window he started pounding on it yelling, "Daddyyyyy, daddy, daddy!!" I went over wondering why Eric was home so early, only to be looking into the face of our mailman. A short, bald 75 yr old white man.... apparently, Malak's real father. Surprise everyone, the elderly mailman and I had a torrid love affair and he is Malak's daddy. :)


Last week we hit an adoption milestone. Malak was almost 8 months old when we picked him up in Ethiopia and we just realized that he has been home for over 8 months now....this means that he has been with us longer than he was in the orphanage. I love that, love, love that my baby is with his family forever and not in an orphanage waiting for us to come for him.
So here are some of his tiniest baby pics...
My son in his lovely (and very manly) pink blanket.
This was our referral picture the very first time we saw his face....

And here is my sweet boy today...all grown up. (or 16 months old)

21 comments:

Kerri said...

Okay, he was such a cute baby but his curls make him even so much cuter now...well, along with that adorable smile! Happy milestone!

The Albertsons said...

so sweet :). love that Malak :).

Melissa said...

Such precious pics...I love how in his referral pic his arms out saying.."ok, come get me!"

emily said...

Such a cool thought- made me realize that we almost have too. We got Abe at 5 1/2 months old and he will be 11 months on the 11th of this month!

He is too cute!

Amy said...

The baby pictures are so sweet... baby Malak..

Love him. Love that he mistakingly called the old mailman Daddy.
:)

kristin said...

What a cute post.. Ahhh we are still waiting for our call! :(

P.S. I tagged you on my blog. I swear it is short and fun :)

Jess said...

I can't get over how tiny his little cutie arms are in the second picture or how little he looks in his referral picture!

I love that little Malak Kidus! And I agree with Kerri...the curls are perfect.

Cloverland Farm said...

that's the most incredible referral picture!!! so fun!

Mrs. Baker said...

Congrats on the anniversary!!!!!

Erica said...

Oh my goshness! He is SO handsome! Seriously. He was ADORABLE as a baby and he just gets cuter and cuter!

Leah Reeves said...

That is a funny story about the mailman. so cute! You have a funny little boy on your hands.

Amber said...

What a cute little man!

MajesticSix said...

Thank you for sharing those adorable photo's! I can't believe he has grown-up so quickly. He looks like a little man :)

los cazadores said...

I am cracking up at the mailman thing...lol! Oh and adorable pics of Malak.

Cindy

~Laura~ said...

thank you girl! I'm a wreck and feel like I could puke at any moment! Love you!!

jen said...

These are awesome pictures Tara! You and the mailman did good work there. :)

EJ said...

So this is really random...
I don't remember how or when I came across your blog, but I read it occasionally.
Did you happen to be at the OKC zoo last Thursday? (Feb 26) As I was going in (at the member's entrance) someone held the gate open for me so I could push my stroller through. At the time, I thought, She looks familiar, but I couldn't figure out why or how. I'm sitting at work this morning and it just hit me that it was you I was thinking of. So anyway, if it wasn't you, this is probably really weird, but if it was, Hi. And I promise I'm not stalking you!

Jennifer said...

Tara, you don't know me. I found you through a round-about way...I found your blog through Drew's who I found through Summer who I found through...I don't remember. Anyway - I've been following your journey with Malak since before you picked him up in Ethiopia. I don't check in too often but wanted you to know that whenever I do check in, I always leave with such a big smile! Your lil man is so precious! Thanks for sharing your journey with everyone!

Christie said...

I know facebook is your new love...but you really should update this thing. Just sayin.

Also...are you around this weekend? I might just bring the West Wing to you. I am finishing Season 1 and wanting to watch Season 2. So it's win-win.

Kaydub said...

There are some of those tiny pics that I've never seen! What else are you holding out on (besides the mailman)? We demand ever picture ever taken of Malak. I thought you understood that.

Anonymous said...

This made me cry! I love Malak, and love that he has been with you for longer than he was in the orphanage! What precious parents you are!!!!

jo