It was almost four years and six months since her soon-to-be mom’s LID (Log In Date) for her adoption from China, and Baby L’s mom finally got the news she’d been waiting for so long: it was time.
Time to pack up, time to fly across the world, and time to finally meet the daughter she’d dreamed about for so long and had never met. She had just a few fuzzy photographs and a little knowledge of what her new daughter was like. Baby L was almost 14 months old and both of their lives were about to change in ways neither of them could ever fully anticipate.
Her mom’s blog is poignant, hopeful, full of excitement, and yet still balanced with the nerves, worries, and concerns that a mom feels for her daughter. She describes the difficulty of translation and talking to a child that has never heard her language before, and relates it to almost an “alien abduction” – where you are in a whole new place, with a whole new language, and life changes forever.
When I finally met Baby L and talked with her mom, there is an overwhelming sense of family and love that I am amazed has formed so strongly in the short months since L came to the United States. L snacked happily on Cheerios, reached for her mama and wobbled with the unbalanced steps of a toddler.
It was truly an honor to photograph such a uniquely blended family, to help document a time in their lives that they will never forget and an adoption that was clearly meant to be. L and her mom have so much shared joy and love that you can’t help but smile when you’re around them. Thank you, L, and thank you to your mom, for allowing me to be a part of your family journey.