We are SO excited to be coming home soon. But before we do we wanted to be sure to let everyone know what to "expect" from us and from Asher upon returning home. Asher has done an amazing job so far transitioning into our family and bonding with us. However, once we get home it will be another transition for him. New place, new home, new environment & new people; we want to give him the best and easiest transition we can. In order to make sure that this happens, we are going to ask a few things of everyone. We appreciate your patience and effort to help us! :)
1.) Please don't hug/kiss Asher (at least not yet) We want him to understand that hugging & kissing is only for family. In order to do that, we have to ask that everyone refrain from falling into the cuteness. I know, he's adorable! SO, if you would like (if you see us out and about), high fives/fist bumps/pats on the back are ok. We will let you know when he is open for more affection.
2.) Please do not feed him (Or change his diaper, for that matter) Right now, ALL of Asher's needs must be met by his Mommy & Daddy. We want him to understand that we can & will meet all of his needs. Again, we will let you know when it is ok to give the little guy a snack or two. But please, for now, let us meet this need.
4.) Give him time to "get to know you" Give Asher the chance to say "hello" first. An older gentleman came up to him today and tired to squeeze his cheeks and not only did Daddy want to eliminate the threat, so did Asher. He was not a fan and immediately started to look for us. So please give him a little space but with time we're sure he will jump right in and say hello.
5.) We may be staying home more often. Right now, he is bonding splendidly with us. He has had no issues in the new environments we've exposed him to here. He has been so pleasant and is actually enjoying all the new sights, sounds and smells :) However, depending on his transition to his new home, we may or we may not be out and about a whole lot. It truly depends on him. When the time comes, we will be bring him to church (or other places). However, we will likely come late and leave early, just for the first few times until he becomes accustomed to the new environment. We will do our best to be sure everyone who wants to meet him can, but please give us & him some time to readjust.
6) Don't be afraid to say hey to us! Despite all of these things, please don't be afraid to reach out. We will do our best to make sure we let everyone know when he/we are ready to venture out into the normalcy of the world as a family. Also, it's ok if you forget these things, but please do not be offended if we kindly remind you. We want the absolute BEST for Asher. We want to make his transition to our family as easy as possible for him. And again we THANK YOU for your understanding of all of these things. We truly appreciate it.
Lastly, PRAY for us. We always need prayer and we will definitely need prayer in the coming weeks as things start to go back to a "new" normal. We want to show this little bugger off as much as you all want to meet him, and we will do our best to make that happen, but just pray for us, support us and love on us while we make this transition home.
Thank-you ALL from the bottoms of our hearts for all the love and support you've shown us this past year & a half. We are SO excited that we finally made it here. We can't wait to share our new jouney, as a family of four with you, too. :)
With lots of love,
Justin & Lindsay