Monday, November 10, 2014

Strengthening Relationships with Birth Family

I know I've seriously neglected this blog but honestly not a lot has been happening in our efforts to grow our family lately.

But I wanted to write a little bit about our amazing opportunity to spend almost an entire day with some of Nathan's birth family last month!

We live in different parts of the country but thankfully Nathan's birth mom lives in the same state as the rest of our extended family making it super convenient to hang out with them when we go home for weddings or reunions.

Last month we headed back home for a wedding and got to spend almost an entire day with Nathan's birth family! It was his birth mom, his half sister, and later even a biological aunt and his birth grandparents! AMAZING DAY!

First we went to the Boo at the Zoo and had so much fun! Nathan and his half sister are soo close and get along so well! It melts my heart to watch them interact with each other! I feel so thankful that Nathan can have special relationship with her, especially since he doesn't have any other siblings yet.

They could almost pass as twins!
But what's funny is she's older but he's taller!

They play so well together, they act likes best friends
AND siblings because they'll fight and squabble too!
In fact, she got grumpy and he kept running after her at the zoo trying to cheer him up.
He didn't get her nonverbal cues that she needed some alone time to calm down.
She kept running away.
Finally he shouted "STOP BEING A FEISTY PANTS!"
It was hilarious and all the other zoo guests around started laughing LOL!

After the zoo we went to Olive Garden!
We came here a few times while she was pregnant with Nathan 
and the day she relinquished her rights.
It was fun to come back now years later with both kids too!

This was before they started fighting over the smartphone LOL.

Afterwards we headed to Gardner's Village to check out their Halloween stuff. His bio aunt introduced us to apple pie caramel apples.
It was amazing!
Most of the day we spent comparing Nathan's facial features to his birth mom, sister, and aunt.
So fun!
Having similar physical features is something I've taken for granted being in a biological family.
So I was so glad that Nathan has relationships with his biological family so he can feel that sense of sameness too.

Afterwards we went to his birth grandparents house!
It was nice to catch up with them and Nathan played with their dogs almost the whole time.
He was in dog heaven!
At one point he ran inside and asked grandpa a question and actually called him grandpa!
On his own! I hadn't even taught him to since we rarely see them!
It was so neat and I could tell it meant a lot to his birth mom.
Lots of love in that room!

It was such a great day and I felt so grateful we got to spend this time with them!
I hope Nathan remembers it years from now!


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