This past weekend we had our second visit and it was wonderful. We met at an Italian resturant where we were able to have their private reservation room so that we could be able to hang out and Ashden was able to get down and play without anyone else around. It was wonderful to see Ashden and his parents again and be able to catch up in person! I love seeing how they interact with him and just how happy he is. He is such a good kid and he is not very shy either. That fact really surprised me since I know so many kids who are very shy and don't like to see new people but he was all smiles and wanted to play a lot. We had brought gifts along and he wanted to play with the tissue paper that the gifts were wrapped in. Oh man, that made me laugh so hard because I remember how kids always loved to play with the box the gift came in more than the gift itself! :-) Every time that we see B and T I am reminded that I made the right choice for my son. I have never had any doubts about adoption and I do not regret my choice at all, but it is still nice to have that reinforced!
Special moment: When I looked at Ashden right after they entered the room and smiled at him and he smiled right back! It really warmed my heart. :-D
Open adoption is something that you never really understand until you are in or around it, it does have it's struggles but you just have to push through them! You don't know what the parents are thinking or feeling, you don't want to step on toes and the last thing you want to do is make them uncomfortable...but in the end as long as everyone is happy with the situation and you do have open communication and an open mind it will work out wonderful for everyone!
I will leave you with some pictures from our little visit and also with the wonderful thought that B and T have already suggested maybe another visit around Spring break! I couldn't believe that they had already thought about the next visit and that made me even more happy. :-)
Hope you enjoy the photos! (BTW, I'll have to post a few more later since I don't have them all on this computer...)