Not a great pic...but one of the few that I have outside of the room because I am ALWAYS carrying him when I am outside of the room!! :) Can't take a pic if I am holding! hee hee. So yeah...this is on the little walkway just outside of the hotel! Josh is happy outside. He will fit in well with our crazy clan of outside kids!!! :)
And as my Tuesday comes to an end I'll do a quick recap of it!! Nothing all that exciting I am afraid!! :)
We are another day closer to being a family again! Truly - I swear I am trying my best to enjoy this time. But it is just not easy when your loved ones are not with you! If my babies and husband were with me I don't think I would care if we ever went home? But alas...that is not the case! I would not trade this experience...and I would not trade my little man for anything in this world! But just the same -I feel sad and the days are dragging. time is on my side! I am about to go to bed, and that means only three more nights here and 5 in the next stop and then home again home again! whoo hooo!!
So today - as you will read in the next blog down....we are officially new parents! Kids are all doing awesome!! Parents are doing awesome! We are all ready to get home, but just the same....there is not a whiner in the bunch! We are all tough and strong and loving our new children!!
Josh still does not like to leave the hotel room? Yeah....same story as yesterday....he is a spit fire in the room. I posted video of a few moments of his craziness. He walks around with my clothes on and shoes on and bags in his hands and cookies in his mouth...talking and dancing? But truly....as soon as he steps one foot outside the hotel room...he almost goes into a trans. He sits snuggled up so close to me that we are all but one person....he stares at each person we are near....but makes no noise or facial expression. He will sit like that for a very long time. Eventually he will whimper a bit...and I take him back in the room. And as soon as the feet cross over the carpet line of room and hall...he is back in action!!!
A few times he has given me a glimmer of hope that this crazy room thing will end. ha ha ha We had dinner - just the two of us - in a pizza restaurant in the hotel. He was such a ham with the waiters and waitresses. He talked and danced, and threw food on the floor, and slammed his fork into the table. He threw pizza, spilled water, and even slapped the waiter right across the face? But as soon as we walked out of the restaurant and were back in the main part of the hotel...he is silent! ha ha ha. Who knows....such an interesting process. we have kids that won't take off certain shoes, kids that won't take off hats, kids that cry more than others and kids that never cry? Amazing...they all went through a similar experience...but all handle it in such different ways! NO matter what - I will say this without any hesitation. the group I am traveling with is LOVE! Every single person in this group is a phenomenal person. Interesting and loving and beautiful! I can't imagine that this is the norm for a group of adoptive parents? Maybe it is? But none the less...an amazing group of people who have found amazing kids and these kids are so blessed...there are no words to express it loud enough!!! What a blessed group of parents and kids!! This is the merriest Christmas EVER!! I know I am kind of mushy lately...but seriously...for those of us here and the families involved...what a darn great holiday season!! :)
XINYANG FAMILIES: I don't think I will get to go to the SWI. If I pushed it, I might be able to get there, but the other family is not feeling well and not interested in making that long drive and with so many older kids in our group that are from different SWI's and really NEED the closure with their friends and nannies...I am not going to push it. we are the largest group that Yisha has ever worked with in her 14 or so years with CCAI. And I need to help by letting this rest. But I will say this to all of you that adopting from Xinyang: Josh was loved. He knows fear, love, devious, silly and serious. He knows mad, happy, bad and sincere. we are able to communicate with each other very well. I know it is not perefect, but he has been helped by nannies to learn a bit of english. He says Hello, Bye Bye, Mamma, see ya, and Jingle bells already! I think he was loved, I feel very good about his healthy. And I am very very sorry that I will not be able to get your photos of your children! I am truly sad about that. Maybe that will change...but for now. I truly do not think we will be able to work out the trip!!
If mom, brian or alyssa is reading this...please tell the boys I love them. I'll call them in about 30 min to say good morning! I love you guys so much and I can't wait to see you in just a few short days!! :) Noses....and bug hugs....I love you guys!! :)