A Quickie

Okay, busy busy, but thought I’d jot down a few things before Bi-Polar Express (we watch it like four times a week), is over.

Bao continues to do well. He said today, “I’m so tired!” That’s a first as far as sentences go. He’s also learning more (ooh hahaha, he just said, “You need more altitude!” haha!) okay, anyway, he’s learning more letters, and knows his numbers by sight. Five of them anyway.

He still weighs as much as G and I’m thinking he’s just always going to be a skinny little toothpick man. Could be worse, I suppose.

Um, what else? I’m sick of the rain. But we really need it. But I’m still sick of it, and if I’m sick of it we probably don’t really need it, so enough already!

Grandma and Grandpa from CA will be coming in about three weeks. This will be their first time meeting Bao, and Bao’s first meeting with any of the grandparents. We’re all very excited about that.

We’ll be starting Bao in first grade in September. Yikes. But I think he’ll be ready by then..that’s what? four months away? Not a problem. Hopefully. Anyway, G will be starting kindergarten at the same school, so it should be fun for them.

Gotta go. Daddy just got home. Miss you all. Wish I could post more. Thanks for stopping by and Mindy–his English is going well! Thanks for asking! I can’t wait for your little one to arrive…bless his tiny little heart. :-)

Hugs to everyone…

Still going strong

Happy Easter, everyone!

Things are still going well here at A Table For 4. Bao has lost four teeth since he’s arrived, so he’s a rich young man. Little Boy G is jealous, I think, since his teeth aren’t quite ready to pop out. Soon, though. Soon.

It turns out that Bao is a pretty good eater. There are some things that he doesn’t like, and he’s very vocal about it. He’s a good sport though and tries just about everything. The two things he doesn’t like? Anchovies and dill pickles. He laughed when he tried them, made a very scrunchy face and wiped out his mouth with a napkin. (Please don’t side with him and attack my beloved anchovies! I know, I know. They have a bad rap. But they are so good IMHO.)

I think he’s finally putting on weight. He’s gained at least one lb, so he’s up to 37 lbs now, just like his brother, who is but five. I’m constantly having to readjust his adjustable pants, because he’s getting wider. Still very skinny, mind you. But wider. The pants are so puckered up when he wears them, that I have to stop myself from laughing.

We took Bao to a little petting farm the other day, because he can’t stop talking about horses. Every time he sees a book with a horse in it, he points it out and starts babbling something about it. I say, “Yes, yes, I know, I know. Isn’t the horse beautiful?” He nods his head hopefully and smiles big as if I just agreed to buy him a horse, which, of course, I could have, if that’s what he is asking me to do.

Anyway, he loved riding the horse, and petting the goats, and feeding the sheep. He’ll love my sister’s house in Texas, that’s for sure.

He’s doing pretty well in school. Knows quite a few letters, but has kind of stagnated. Hubby isn’t concerned, but naturally I wonder if he’ll ever learn C, or Z, or R, or P. It could be worse, I suppose, so I just let it go.

Little Boy G is becoming a very nice little boy again. He still pesters Bao and hits him on occasion, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was. Most of the time, they get along very well and it warms my heart to see them playing together. We can hear them at night from our bedroom, giggling in their bedroom before they fall asleep. Little angels.

All right. I have to go clean up this house. Fold more clothes. Prepare dinner and play Zingo with the boys.

Have a blessed weekend!

So it’s been 30 days since my last entry

Wow.

Sorry to have such bad manners! Since a couple of my dearest friends have called me on not blogging, I will do that now, and update everyone on what’s been going on.

Bao is great. He’s continuing to adjust well to his new life in the US and even likes school, once he gets there, that is. He wrinkles his nose and gives me a grimacing smile when we drive up to daycare, but never puts up a fuss about going. The boy doesn’t know how to throw a fit, it seems. Can I say, YAY TO THAT? A child who doesn’t throw fits. Wow. Ever. Maybe this is just the honeymoon stage and he’s saving up for when he speaks fluently. I don’t know, but I don’t think so. He just has this sweetness about him that I know is for real.

Little Boy G is doing well, too. Actually, he loves his brother, but he does, like little brothers do, pester him to no end. They play well together, however, and are getting along better each day. Warms my aging heart.

Bao can count to five, but has difficulty saying the letter “F.” Coming from a country where the main meal is pronounced with an “F” sound (Pho), I can’t help but wonder if he has some sort of speach impediment. If he holds his lip up, and puts his teeth on his lip, then he can say it. Otherwise, it comes out as “B” or “D.” Odd.

He can tell the difference between an A and a B, but only sometimes, so I think he’s guessing. Hopefully, that will get better with time.

Bao hasn’t gained an ounce since he’s been here. I was hoping he would. He still weighs only 36 pounds, which is what his 5 year old brother weighs (Bao is now six and a half.) He eats well enough, so I’d think the weight would go up, but so far, nada.

I’ve caught him doing nice things around the house, which is really nice. Sometimes, he’ll make his and LBG’s beds. Other times, I’ll find him picking up the toys in the living room. And then I’ll see him setting the table for dinner. All unsolicited, too, which is nice. He’s a wonderful kid. He really is.

Things he can say now (but with quite the accent):

  • I love you.
  • Thank you.
  • You’re welcome
  • The end.
  • Bless you.
  • I don’t know.
  • Pizza.
  • Hello.

So. He’s learning. Day by day.

He came to me a minute ago with a tissue and pointed to his loose tooth. I said, “Do you want me to yank it out?” He nodded enthusiastically. I said, cringe, okay. I got the tissue, held it over the tooth, and yanked. Nothing. I tried again, but nothing. I guess we’ll have to wait until “Aunt” Andrea, the local tooth yanker, comes over on Sunday, for….drum role please…

LITTLE BOY G’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!

His birthday is actually Wednesday, but the party is Sunday. So after we eat cake, maybe Andrea can do some more yanking.

And that, my friends, is all I have for you. I will try to be a better blogger in the coming days. I couldn’t be much worse, now could I??? ;-)

February made me shiver…

It was 10 degrees outside this morning…glad I didn’t go out. Sad that it was because both boys had a fever. They seem to be doing better, although Bao threw up twice. Then G got a splinter in his foot. A big one. Ever try to get a splinter out of a four year old’s foot? Quite the adrenaline producing adventure that was. My arm hurts from holding him down. The removal took all of a half a second, but the attempt to get him in the position to do so took a long time and several attempts spread over an hour. A very unpleasant experience for all involved, except Bao, who just smiled and laughed. In the end, I won and the splinter lost. Whew. 

My arms still hurts so I think I’ll just post a few pictures and call it a day…thinking about Sue who is leaving tomorrow to go fetch her sweet, 7 year old son, Hung. Yippeeeee! 

Impressions of my family–By Bao (He’s now drawing four of us, but this first one was just the three of us and our two cars :-) )

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Fun on the ice

Fun on the ice

 

Pretending to have fun together

Pretending to have fun together

 

Sponge Bob Square Cat (One of our cats and their food/water area)

Sponge Bob Square Cat (One of our cats and their food/water area)

Settling In…

So sorry for not posting lately. But I know you all understand. 

Bao has been settling in very well. He’s fighting with his brother, so I know things are going as they should. :-)

He’s a very good boy. Brushes his teeth, gets dressed, goes to the bathroom by himself. Makes it all very easy on this little old lady. He has no problems eating–often asks for seconds, and when he’s done, he comes to me, lifts his shirt up, and shows me his “big fat belly.” I have to laugh, because I would do anything to have a flat stomach like that. He is only 36 pounds, which is as much as Little Boy G, a five year old in two months, weighs. I can touch my thumb and pointer finger around his upper arm. Very skinny. But in no time, I’m sure, we’ll fatten him up to be closer to thin than emaciated.

Communications issues are non-existent. We use sign language, most of it involving his pointing at G for something he did, but also other things like what he wants to eat/drink, play with, etc. Works well for everyone. He’s also learning English pretty quickly by copying what we say and mocking what G says. Kind of funny, really, but not to G.

Bao has taken to the snow with unusual abandon for someone from the tropics. He continues to enjoy it but nonetheless chooses to wear his coat around the house, especially in the early morning hours when it’s 18 degrees or so outside. Can’t say as I blame him.

I took him for a visit at G’s school the other day. Most of it went well, then things went south and he began to cry–first time with us. He must have been overwhelmed at all the attention. I had my Vietnamese friend talk to him about it and he’s okay now. While he wasn’t all that interested in attending school, she asked him if he thought G should go alone, and he said no, that he should go and look after him. Very sweet. No surprise that the name “Bao” means protector.

They’re undressing their Marine action figures right now. Go ahead and chuckle. I am.

I better go make sure nothing untoward happens to these Marines. My husband would not be pleased if they were violated in anyway. 

More later. With Pictures :-)

Wide Awake

So it’s just after midnight here and I’m wide awake. Not sure if it’s jet lag or the fact that we’ll be meeting Bao tomorrow morning. Probably a little of both. We were all fine yesterday throughout the day until about 6:30 PM when G fell out. He was really animated before that, like a light bulb that gets brighter right before it burns out. We were on our way to dinner when it happend. So, we ate at the restaraunt downstairs rather than lugging around 36Lb bag of sugar. (

Hubby and I fell out just after 8 PM. I got up just after 11:00.

Oops, G just joined me!) More later…

Back! They have the cartoon network here, which is what we’re watching right now while I finish up this post. I have some pictures below, but will try to add more later. (These are in reverse order…sorry!) (Oh, and dad just joined us. Funny :-)

Pho for Breakfast

Pho for Breakfast

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In Seoul

In Seoul

Reviewing the safety precautions

Reviewing the safety precautions

 

Lunch on KAL: dscf16481

Update

Evidently, we need to get approval from Hue, before we get our G&R date. Didn’t know that! Our agency says it could take two weeks. Either way, we’re going to see if we can go ahead and make our travel plans anyway…since Tet is coming up, we want to make sure we have a hotel room and seats on a flight.

Thanks everyone for the support! SueCQ, we might see you there yet! 

Sorry for the short posts–there is just no time these days to wax prolific. To some of you, that might be a welcome change!

APPROVAL!

We got approval from USCIS this morning! I’m hoping for a 1 January travel date, but it could be sooner. Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS!!! He’s COMING HOME!!! Bao is finally coming home.

Now we just need a Giving and Receiving ceremony date and our airline tickets. I should clean the house. Let him think that the house is usually clean, of course, when he gets here.

I’m shaking. WOW!!!

Adoption News

Things are getting better on the adoption front–we’re actually getting some time frames for travel. Here is what we expect:

22 December: I-600 approval

23 December: G&R ceremony scheduled

23: December: Arrange for travel and apply for Visas

1-6 December :  January (Thanks, B. Yeah, I’m sick.) Travel

So, it looks like the 6th Annual Christmas Party is on. And Christmas is on. And to start the new year? A sweet, sweet boy, named Bao. I’m so looking forward to this trip. And I’ve never been to Asia, so it will be doubly fun in that regard. My Vietnamese is coming along pretty well. I know as much as, say, a 18 month old might know. So I’ve got that going for me. :-) By the time we get to Vietnam, I’m hoping to know as much as a three year old. I think any amount of communicating we can do with Bao will be helpful.

Little Boy G has already given me a present for Christmas: his bum-kicking cough and cold. I’m miserable. I woke up at 6:00 just to get some Theraflu, and while I was drinking it, I checked my email. I received a wonderful note from Josh and Julie who are over in Hanoi right now, staring at their new baby, Ben. They’ve been posting pictures and videos….right, VIDEOS of our son, Bao, and I can’t tell you how cool it is to see him in motion and to hear his sweet voice. It’s pretty awesome. What would we do without the Internet and kind people like Josh and Julie?

Well, I’m going back to bed. Have a fabulous day everyone!

Adoption Status

Okay, well, the DNA arrived in HCMC on Monday morning. We received an email from HCMC last night saying that they received it and that if they make a decision, they will be contacting us again. “IF” they make a decision? Okay. Whatever. I’ll presume that was just a bad choice of words and that what they REALLY meant to say was “WHEN” they make a decision.

My guess? Any day now we should hear word. We are considering traveling on Christmas day, but we will just have to wait and see. It’s very expensive to travel just before Christmas and not that much better just after.

Regardless, at least one of my relatives is ready to go…

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