This morning Little Man woke up grieving. He has lost all that was familiar to him and is probably realizing that this little field trip, while fun, is not temporary. This is very normal, he just doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. It’s especially hard that as we work to establish our new normal, we are lacking any semblance of a Read More →

We were prepared that Little Man might awake this morning with no recollection of what had happened the day before, that we might have to start all over. We didn’t. He woke up (at 4am, both he and Little Sister fell asleep around 6pm last night) and was his bright little happy self, seeming to recognize us Read More →

My heart might actually burst. Of course, I’m biased, but he really is the most amazing kiddo. Our Little Man was one of three kiddos already at the Civil Affairs building when we arrived there this morning, which we did not expect. He was in pink overalls, so I didn’t actually spot him right away, Read More →

After an early morning departure and short flight from Beijing, we arrived in Zhengzhou this afternoon. It’s been a long day of logistics and settling in, in anticipation of the culmination of our trip here: Meeting our son. We are exhausted and heading to bed soon, but tomorrow morning is the moment we’ve long been waiting for. We’ve packed Read More →

We were served a generous helping of our son’s rich Chinese culture today. Though it obviously wasn’t our main motivator in bringing them, I’m thankful to have our girls along for this incredible opportunity to see a unique region of the world. We spent another full day in Beijing with our travel group today, three more adoptive families from Read More →

Today we toured some of Beijing’s most famous landmarks. Everywhere we went, we were a spectacle. Tianamen Square Chinese from all over the countryside take their holiday in Beijing, and many have never before seen Caucasians until such a pilgrimage. We were a spectacle because we were clearly Americans, speaking English, and had two blondish, female children in Read More →

We’re there, Man. (-spoken with Jim Carey inflection, circa Dumb & Dumber) If the relentless paperwork chase is the “pregnancy” of adoption, then the 13 hour travel we just endured was most certainly the labor. It was mentally and physically exhausting, unglamorous, uncomfortable, and absolutely worthwhile.  And, as is true with most pregnancies, my feet are Read More →