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 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Elaine said,

    February 2, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Sounds like things are going pretty well so far. Yay! Here’s hoping it all continues to go smoothly. Oh, and here’s hoping those marine action figures still have some of their dignity in tact.

  2. Sheri said,

    February 3, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Hehehehe!!! So funny – and so sweet!! He DID get a lot of attention the other day – anyone would have been overwhelmed, methinks. Ask QQ for a blow by blow account of how he did his first day at CCC – she has promised to help him learn the ropes and you know how verbal she is – she’ll keep you posted from a kids’ POV!! Give him a week, and he’ll be enjoying himself immensely – and being able to see/play with G on the playground will help, too. Can’t wait to hear what you think of SJPDS!!

  3. kweenmama said,

    February 4, 2009 at 1:43 am

    With all the yummy food things you have posted about in the past, I’m sure you’ll get him fattened up (to thin) in no time! 🙂


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