Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday Show and Tell ~ Gotcha Day!

Today is "Gotcha Day" for my ds, Tom Sawyer. For those not familiar with adoption phrases, Gotcha Day is the day that your adopted child comes home. For our children, Gotcha Day is much more special than the day that their adoption was finalized (2 years + 2 months later), because they were so young they do not see the difference between being our foster children and being our adopted forever children. To them it is only important when they got to us and were safe. Seven years ago today, we got the call for our little guy. He was two days old and very sick. When the social worker arrived with him, I remarked about his coloring. I was sure something was wrong with him, but the social worker insisted that he was just a crack-addicted preemie. (He was diagnosed with polycythemia, brain bleeds and strokes a few days later due to birth trauma and too much blood flowing back into his body from the placenta remaining attached for many hours.) Here is one of the very first pictures of our little guy. The photo does not do that good of a job of showing how red he was. A funny note ~ we have told Tom Sawyer for years that he looked like a lobster when he was born. We, of course, meant his bright red color.  However, he was so disappointed when he realized today that he had not looked like a real lobster! LOL!

Here he is sitting next to his baby box. He really likes to see how much he has grown each year.

Today for "Gothcha Day" we will go through his baby book and the box I've saved of his baby clothing. He will also be allowed to pick his breakfast at McDonald's (forget the diet).


Blessings, Dawn


  1. Happy Gotcha Day to Tom Sawyer!

    I'd never even heard of polycthemia before. How disappointing that he doesn't look like a lobster in his baby picture! lol


  2. What a BEAUTIFUL post. I am soooooo glad he Gatcha you and you gatcha him. PTL ((hugs)) I am hoping in the near future to adopt 1-2 girls. I need to sit down and start praying today to lead the chosen from God two girls to us. Thank you for being such a encouragement.

    Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC

    In Him<><


  3. I still remember gotcha day when my baby sister came home. I was 17 and she was almost 1 month old. It is much more special than the final adoption day, I agree.

    April E.

  4. What a sweet tradition. Yeah, big old lobster claws on a baby would be pretty sweet. Funny sense of humor!

  5. What a special day this will always be for you. The gotcha day for my boys was April 4. We adopted them both from Russia 12 years ago.

  6. I love your Gottcha Day story! And he was an adorable baby. What a special time of remembrance for you all. Happy "Gottcha" day, Tom Sawyer!

  7. Oh Dawn, Happy Gotcha Day to you and your handsome little guy! Thanks for being there for those precious ones that need someone extra extra special.

    Blessings to you and your wonderful family! Julie

  8. ThreeLittleLadiesMay 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    What a lovely story! I'm so glad that you "Gotcha" little guy. I'm glad they figured out what was wrong with him right away too.


  9. SandBetweenMyToesMay 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Happy Gotcha Day!! (That's what we call ours, too.)

    I loved hearing his story.


  10. Kim from CanadaMay 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    What a great day to celebrate - Happy Gotcha Day!

  11. What a special way to celebrate! You guys are such a special family. What a blessing you are.

  12. Happy Gotcha Day! I'm so glad he is with your loving family! It sounds like y'all celebrate in a very sweet way!

    You are a great mama!