Hello, friends. Jordan said that she would write a post for today to give an update on how the adoption is going. Well, needless to say, her hands are full, both figuratively and literally. So, I will give you all an update from my perspective. Keep in mind that Jordan and Yankee are in Thailand which is 11 time zones away. They are half way around the world from me, so I can only tell you what I have learned through texting, photos, and Skype. This post is heavy on the words with zero pictures. At this point in the adoption process they are not able to share photos on social media, and they need to respect the country’s wishes. So, here goes…….
Jordan and Yankee arrived in Bangkok, Thailand last Tuesday evening knowing that they would meet Little Miss the next morning. They are staying in a large hotel, and there are two other American families there to meet their children, also. One of the girls and Jordan became friends through emails which means they will have each other for moral support.
Wednesday morning started out with an orientation from the social workers, and they met their babies at 10:30. The children, two boys and one girl, entered the room. Little Miss had a photo book with her that Jordan and Yankee sent to her last year. She looked at the photos and then at them. When she saw that the other children were crying, then she started crying, too. She has cried a lot since then.
They tried to play with her a while, but she just sat and was very observant. Then they took her to lunch where they learned that she has really good manners and likes strawberries and watermelon. After lunch, they showed her their hotel room, and the social worker explained to her that this is where she would be sleeping and a bathtub where she would be getting baths. Then Jordan, Yankee, and Little Miss traveled by van one and a half hours to meet the foster mother. Little Miss slept the entire way while Yankee held her.
The foster mother, whom we will always feel so much love and respect for, is a lovely grandmotherly type, and Little Miss is very fond of her. This is her first international adoption, and it was just she and Little Miss living in her home. There are family members as neighbors and a few other children who are there for support, etc. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for her to hand over this little girl whom she has raised since infancy. Little Miss remained with the foster mother, and the social workers brought an exhausted Jordan and Yankee back to their hotel.
On Thursday morning, Little Miss was returned to them, and they went to lunch and shopping for clothes and incidentals that she would need. She slept for about 15 minutes in the bed and woke up crying. She didn’t eat much that day. At the end of their time together, the social worker took Little Miss back to her foster mother for one last night together.
Friday was the day Little Miss would live with her new family. You can imagine how difficult this must be for the children who go through this. They are taken from a home that they know and love and begin living with people who do not look like them, smell like them, talk like them, etc. Jordan and Yankee have been reading, learning, watching videos, and talking to people so they would know what to expect and how to react. Little Miss is reacting pretty much the way they had expected. She is sleeping well, but there are lots of tears. At first she wasn’t eating much, but the last report we received is that her appetite is picking up, and she smiled. They were thrilled. They didn’t expect to see a smile for at least a week.
They learned from the foster mom that she is a happy little girl who talks a lot. She loves music and loves to dance, and she loves flowers. Jordan said she will hold onto a blossom for hours at a time and even fall asleep with a flower clutched in her fingers.
We have seen her on Skype, and she has the face of an angel. She has lots of hair that is cut in a short bob and has been wearing it gathered on top like Pebbles Flintstone. So cute……. They were happy to learn that the clothes they took (size 2T) fit. She is in the top percentile for her height and weighs about 20 – 22 pounds. She is healthy.
They have an adoption meeting for some paperwork with Thai officials on Wednesday, and then they are going to leave Bangkok and go to a resort for a few days. They can’t leave the country until they get her travel visa from the US government which will happen on May 10 or 11. They thought it would be best to get out of busy, crowded, hot Bangkok and rest in the peace and luxury of a vacation resort. They will be away from distractions. Right now it is all about bonding and letting Little Miss know she is safe and that she can trust them. Trust is necessary before anything else can happen. They will be back in Charlotte on May 12.
I think this is the first post we have ever done without pictures, and if you have made it this far, thank you. This is a huge event for all of us in our family, and we really appreciate your interest and prayers.