We have had Simon in our family for one month. He is doing very well! He has transitioned smoothly. Both of the boys think he is great… most of the time 🙂
We are so thankful for all the prayers we know we received throughout our whole process. We truly had a wonderful and relatively stress free experience! Our time in China was great. We had lovely, knowledgeable guides, and were able to spend our two weeks with another adoptive family who adopted a little boy from the same orphanage as Simon.
We have been home for a little over 2 weeks but it feels much longer. We are spending a bit of time at Akron Children’s with different doctors. Simon will be having outpatient surgery next week for a hernia repair. He will also be doing to their Down Syndrome program and we are seeing a doctor at the Adoption Clinic to catch him up on all his vaccinations, check development and learn more about attachment.
Simon has smoothly transitioned into our family. We had not had any issues at all (knocking on wooden dining room table). Truly though this kid is great. He is funny, happy, and easy going. He amuses his big brothers and loves to eat. He will eat anything I cook (sweet!). He has tried to say a few words including baby, night-night, woof and dog. He is into every single thing in our house. He really enjoys gnawing on art supplies. He is understanding English quickly and is better about putting his dishes in the sink than his big brothers…or JT…
He is irresistible but we are asking friends, family, and even Mimi to please hold off on giving Simon physical affection. When you see us out and about and we are chatting he may reach for you but please just give him a high five or fist bump. We want him to understand we are more than just his current care givers. It will take time though, so we appreciate your consideration holding off on the hugs you want to give!
We truly are more grateful then we can express for the support we received from family, friends, church family and the community. I really do think often of everyone, how so many people cared, asked how we were doing with excitement, donated garage sale items, provided financial support, and the many, many prayers.
And if anyone would like to know more about our experience or international adoption, just let us know. We would be happy to chat!