Cody came in as if he'd been here before. He had such a great transition time that he was very ready.
I met Brent down at the end of our private drive. I got Cody out of his carseat and sent Brent and the worker ahead to the house. I helped Cody untie the "Welcome Home" balloons from the stake at the end of the drive. I tied them to his wrist so that they couldn't float away. Honestly, this was my plan to get a few moments alone with him before all his brothers and sisters got a hold of him. :) I got some good hugs in and then carried him up the drive. I think I did pretty good at choking back the tears! I had waited so long to get to hold him again!
Once at the house, he was VERY EXCITED to see everyone. My mother was here as well and he had seen her on skype so he knew that was "Grandma". :) The kids were so excited to finally have him here. I had gotten them all these cute little balloon pets at the store. They were filled with helium just enough that they bounced behind the kids as they held the leashes. Cody got to go pick his and then everyone else went to get theirs. Cody picked a frog. The kids had a blast with those.
Cody soon enough made his way to his room. His foster parents had sent his stuff ahead. The last of the boxes arrived just a couple hours before him, so we had quickly got it all put away. He looked through everything and saw both the old and the new things. He went to Dayton and asked him to show him how to play a DSi, so Dayton gladly did.
I had Mexican food prepared along with "Welcome Home Cody Unroe" cake and homemade ice cream. Cody was much too excited to eat very well, but did eat some. He ate more after the worker left.
Once the worker was gone, I got the two little ones into their "Monkey" pajamas that I had bought a few months before for their first night back together. Cody came into Julianne's room and climbed up on the bed. She pulled his feet over and put on the bottoms of her feet. It was so sweet that I proceeded to do more of my crying! lol Then they both began to laugh and roll on the bed.
I hadn't been sure if Julianne would remember him. She talks some, but not a lot, so there was no way to know what she was thinking before that moment. Julianne in general takes a good long while to warm up to people. To see them both happy and TOGETHER was a dream come true to my heart. God truly blessed us by preserving their bond even after more than 2 years apart! I've been having a "Praise Fest"!
I know this picture is blurry, but they were laughing and rolling around too much. I think you get the picture!