Thursday, September 4, 2008

Home 5 weeks from China


Will with his little Spiderman figure. This boy LOVES Spiderman. It's so cute.


Today we've been home 5 weeks and have been with William for over 7 weeks. I can say that Will is a much happier little boy, is not nearly so angry as he was, is trusting us, and is definitely a part of our family now. To me the turning point was when he got sick 3 weeks ago and had to depend on me totally for his care. I held him most of that time. It's amazing what being sick can do for attachment, not that I want a child to get sick but that really was when he changed. The last week and a half or so he's had an explosion in language, is saying more and more English words and some longer sentences. He has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh, sing little songs in Mandarin and play. Grace and William are getting along much better and Grace is being patient with her little brother. Adopting a toddler can be challenging, but the rewards are immensely gratifying. William is the little boy that we always believed he could be. I love this child so much, he is such a gift to our family. And what a journey!

11 kind words:

OH MY #6 said...

the face in these pictures says a million words. I am not surprised he is doing so well. I know what awesome parenting he is getting!

Lea
xo

___dmg said...

just passing through, beautiful photos or beautiful kids! congrats!!

Shawnstribe said...

oh what a wonderful testament to your mutual love for each other.
It brought tears to my eyes,i love my toddler so much, yep a challenge, but so worthwhile like you said
xxx
s

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

I am so glad to read about William's continued good transition into your family. Believe me when I tell you that I can totally empathize with the road that you have taken. It is a rocky one but then it smooths out and it is so amazing when that happens. The love and sense of family is so hard fought for and it becomes even more precious to obtain.

Congrats on becoming a family.

Ashley said...

What a wonderful post, Gail. I'm so happy for all of you!! I'm filled with joy for you and your beautiful family.
hugs, Ashley

Story of our Life said...

Once again...he is such a doll!!

How did the hair cut go?

As I said last Thursday...he is cute in his pics...he is even more adorable up close and personal. (as close as he would let me get).

Even Abi commented on how "grown up" and "cute" he was compared to his pictures. She was funny how she said it..."Mom....his pictures are really sweet. But he is all boy...." I said "what do you mean by that?" Well...you know...he looks so much more like a "big boy" in at the mall and he didn't seem like a baby..." LOL..she was funny. Anyway...I'm sure we have a few xtra spiderman around the house to add to his collection.

gala

Gail said...

I'm so happy that William is doing great!
He looks like he has been with you forever in his pictures!

Also happy to hear that Grace is doing better.

Blessings to you and your family.

The Morris Family said...

...Wow- 5 weeks already...time certainly does fly. So happy for you all- out of those challenges come immeasurable blessings!

Steffie B. said...

Oh Gail....I have tears of joy for you....I knew things would get better....sending big hugs!
Love,
Steffie

Kerry said...

Oh Gail. I so love reading your words. I have been thinking of you and your family. And waiting for this post. I knew that your love would get you here.

Your William looks all boy! Darling Darling Boy.

Oatsvall Team said...

so thankful things are going more smoothly ... it is at those moments when they must rely on us that we earn their trust and they begin to feel our love ... he is adorable !!!

 
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