Adoptation

January 28, 2010

Documents and Artifacts

Filed under: Adoption, Newborn — adoptation @ 6:14 pm

It’s day 2 of our cross-country adoption journey, and I think I’ve found the perfect way to process all of what’s going on around me, inside me, and through me. I seem to essentially be creating an ongoing documentary of the baby’s 1st days: snapping and uploading digital photos; shooting, editing and sharing short videos of his little moments; sending updates via e-mail; and tapping out entries on this blog.

The combination of these documents and artifacts is a sort of digital narrative that’s allowing family and friends back home to connect to the little guy (and my wife and me) without actually being able to visit and hold him in their arms. People can see us, hear us, and interact with us, even across the time zones that separate them from our experience. (I am doubly, triply glad that I asked my wife to make sure our hotel had free wi-fi.)

And that experience continues to be routinely whiz-bang. This morning we saw the baby take his first shot at bottle feeding, and he spent time being rocked to sleep in my wife’s arms. By the time we visited in the afternoon, he was in a brightly lit incubator (they’re zapping away his jaundice) and fussing with the feeding tube in his nose. We still can’t really do anything for him, but it keeps on being fairly satisfying to be able to be there with him.

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3 Comments »

  1. Thank goodness for this space and for technology! I am so very excited for you guys as you are getting to be there for your son’s first days. I am certain it is challenging, but what a blessing that he has you both right there with him.

    Can’t wait to see the little guy when you feel it’s right.

    Comment by Nicole — January 29, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  2. Thanks, Nicole. It’s a bit of a challenge, yes, but certainly a net positive.

    Papers & such are not all totally squared away, so spreading the visuals is still a thing for a bit down the road.

    Comment by adoptation — January 29, 2010 @ 9:23 am

  3. Isn’t technology a great thing? That’s awesome that you’re documenting all of this for family and friends. Enjoy your first special moments with your little one!

    Comment by Danielle — January 29, 2010 @ 12:13 pm


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