Monday, July 21, 2008

Busy day and many changes

Today William Michael's adoption was registered and notarized in Fuzhou. We got in and out of both offices very quickly. After that we went to the police department to apply for his passport. We completed the morning with a trip to Walmart. It's been 5 years since I was in China and it's much more modern and westernized. If you haven't been to China before it's so different from the U.S. I think of it in a way as sensory overload- distinct smells, sights(many signs), sounds, so many people, cars, bikes and scooters.
Lots of changes, Grace has had a bit of jealousy sharing her daddy. William is doing some major testing which I fully expected. He's had some tantrums, pinching of Dan and me and saying no! loudly when he doesn't like something. Things are definitely on 'his terms' with us. Dan is the man still--he can carry him and console him (not me). I am allowed to change his diapers, and he accepts food and drinks from me, he does speak to me but ignores me at times when I speak to him. At the last 2 meals together as a family he 'fed' me watermelon off his fork many times. He initiated that himself. He does smile at me and engage me when he wants to. Hey at least he's not screaming every time I look at him...strong little boy with a strong personality. He's had so many changes in the last 24 hours and his world has turned completely upside down.
He's calling Dan 'Ba Ba' now or Daddy, me 'Mommy' still and said Grace's name for the first time. Our social worker has been immensely helpful with the challenging times and given us some great hints. Again thank you for your prayers, we are needing them right now and always appreciate them.

14 kind words:

Steffie B. said...

Thinking of you and sending prayers up for your new will be ok know that....hang in there...each day will get better!
Love and hugs,

amy said...

Praying for your family and that things become smoother quickly

Story of our Life said...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ((((HUGS))))

William said...

u got it my friend. thinking of u lots!


Angie said...

Praying for you and your sweet family! Master William is such a cutie!! So glad he is finally with his forever family.
Thanks for the updates! They almost make me feel like I am right there with you! ;)

ThatGirl said...

Neither of my kids cared for me much in China. Catherine would shriek in terror if my husband left me alone with her. I made sure I was the *only* one who took care of dressing, feeding, changing her. That helped.

Now that we're home, of course I am the fave just like YOU will be. I know this doesn't help now, in China. I cried a lot and wanted to come home. Sending you prayers and praise. Be strong.

verna said...

Thinking of you often. Glad to hear Will is doing well and at least showing interest in Mommy. Things have indeed changed so much for him in the last day. Nothing can totally prepare the children for a change in caregivers, especially a permanent and immediate one such as adoption. Hang in there. Hugs from MN.

Kathleen Coyle Jursa said...

What a huge transition for all of you. I know that everything will work out well for you and your family. Remember you have all the knowledge, love and support you need. Love and continued prayers for all of you, Kathleen

Denise C said...

What a cutie he is...and just at that sweet Miss Grace smiling beside her little brother!
Keeping you all in our prayers! Looking forward to the next update!!!
Sweet Blessings,

Laura said...

Congratulations. Will is a cutie, and it'll be nice when you see a smile on his face. Sounds like things are slowly progressing. Can't wait to read more posts as the days go by. Good luck and many prayers being sent your way.

Christine said...

Keep plugging through it. You have lots of prayers and support for you and your family over here.
Give an extra hug to our fellow raspberry eater!

redmaryjanes said...

I am thinking about you guys every day. It sounds like everything is going really well.
Sending a bug hug to both Grace and Will!

Steffie B. said...

I've been thinking of you all day.....;)

missy said...

Hi Gail!

William and Grace look great! I am praying for you all. Hang in there through the transition. Paige was 28 months when we got her and the transition took time. Each day will be better than the last.

So sweet that he is feeding you already!!!

Love to you all!

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