Saturday, August 30, 2008

The New Additions to the _________ Family

Yep...that's plural! Now you understand why we are in the process of moving into a six bedroom home!

Lord willing, this November we will welcome TWO new K's into our family:

Karmello Jamal

and

Kaydence Amaya


Karmello and Kaydence are biological half-siblings; they have the same biological mother; their father's identities are unknown. Karmello is 3; his birthday is in February, so he's one month older than Kimora. Kaydence just turned 1 last week. She's just about exactly one year younger than Kariah and five months older than Kajanae. We are BEYOND excited to welcome these little people into our home. I know people roll their eyes when celebrities say they are "over the moon," but I truly feel over the moon right now as the legalities are finalized, there's an end in sight to this whole process, and our family will soon be together. While my own impatience and rousing anticipation are very real to me, viewing this adoption from an outsider's perspective, this has gone amazingly quickly for several reasons:

1) We're adopting from foster care
2) We're adopting toddlers, not infants
3) Karmello and Kaydence are non-white; their mother is Puerto Rican, and by appearances, we believe their fathers to be black (we'll never be sure, though, as appearance aren't reliable in themselves)
4) Their social workers wanted to keep them together as a brother-sister pair, which also made them less "desirable" for many families
5) Both were substance-exposed prenatally and born prematurely

We've met several times already with these amazing little people, and when I first saw them, I felt instantly that they were MINE. Kaydence crawled up to me and reached her little arms up at me, wanting to be picked up...it felt almost as if we had met before. You know, that inexplicable feeling when you instantly connect with someone? I recall a similar feeling when I first met Jamal. Karmello was a little bit more inhibited, but he and Kimora hit it off right away; Kimora says that when she begins preschool next week that she wants to take Karmello with her. I keep telling her that he won't live with us until a few months later, but she insists on taking him to show him off!!

This update has been a long time in coming, and I apologize to those of you who had to wait so long to hear the details. This has just been an understandably busy time in our family as we move to a new home, prepare our girls for change, prepare to welcome Karmello and Kaydence, deal with the legalities of the adoption, prepare to send Kimora to preschool for the first time, and sell our old home. To those of you who have known about our decision to adopt Karmello and Kaydence for practically as long as we have and have supported us through it all, thank you so much for your continuous love and support. Karmello and Kaydence will be blessed to have you in their lives as Jamal, Kimora, Kariah, Kajanae and I have been blessed. And thanks babe for being my lover, my best friend, and my partner in crime through this whole adventure.

Signing off for now,
Karmello, Kimora, Kariah, Kaydence, and Kajanae's Mommy....aka Kx5

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lia..congrats on your newest additions, how awesome for you and how simply wonderful for your two newest little souls! They were brought to you by God and meant to be your babies! I am so happy for you and your ever-expanding family...you are a wonderful Mommy and those babies are lucky to have you guys for their Mommy and Daddy!! Keep us informed and updated, can't wait to see some little snipet pic's of your newest family member!! hugs ...xoxoxo Dana

Lauryn said...

Wow!! Congratulations! Beautiful names. Love them. They both sound so sweet and yummy! Just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

That's such great news Kx5!!
I'm so happy for you. These little children are so fortunate to become part of your loving family. I also love the "K" names you have chosen :D
I can't wait to read more about your growing family. Best wishes!!!

Jx2

Kimora, Kariah, and Kajanae's Mommy said...

Carleigh it's always so wonderful to read your messages of support. Thank you for taking an interest and delight in our family! I think you'd find some of the recent "happenings" at Hellorazzi to be interesting...be sure to check that out! You should make an account there! Let me know if you ever start posting on Brazzi again. I've relayed your desired messages; I told the ladies to ask me for your email if they wanted it and I'd give it to them through the private inbox email on Hellorazzi so that the whole world couldn't see it. Oriana asked and I gave it to her; you should be hearing from her soon if you haven't already. Blessings, and I'll be sure to keep you updated on our lives if you keep me updated on yours! xoxoxo

Thanks Lauryn! I don't believe I know you, but thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for the lovely comment, Jx2! You indulge me! LOL

Reina Danielle said...

Thank you! Yes, I have been on Babyrazzi but I rarely ever comment...wayyy too much drama with the girls on that site! I feel like there's no point to post about someone's baby looking adorable when it will just get lost in the sea of insults and bragging. But yeah, that's where I saw your link, and I've actually been a reader for a few months, but since moving from Germany I got out of touch with keeping up with people's blogs :-) But your daughters' have the most beautiful eyes. They all look like very happy girls [from what I can see, haha]. And congratulations on your new little additions! I think that is wonderful how you're kind of paying the adoption thing forward, and giving those children the best life they could possibly have. Definitely keep everyone updated!