View Full Version : We're home--with our baby boy!

08-27-2004, 03:10 AM
We're home and our son is trying to convince dh to play with him at 2am as he thinks it is 2pm. He is doing amazingly well. He hasn't been sick at all, although dh James possibly has strep. I am so tired I can't tell if I am sick too or just tired.

We got our son on the 16th and completed the adoption on the 17th. He's 14 months old and 31 inches tall and 24 pounds. For the first couple of days he cried (well, more like screamed) if one of us wasn't holding him. It was quite clear that the caregivers at the orphanage (2 of them plus the director brought him to us) had taken very good care of him and he really missed them. He did eat those first few days, but not a lot, and would not go in a highchair at all.

Now he wants down to walk all the time. He walks quite well with someone holding a hand and can do a dozen steps or so on his own. He is very active. He distinctly prefers motion--he was very unhappy whenever we had to stand in line at an airport. You can imagine how much fun that was with 5 flights with him--2 of them delayed for 3 hours. Did I mention he screams? His new nickname is 2 poopies because he made 2 poopie diapers in the Wuhan airport during that delay. James and I were pretty close to the only white people in the airport and we had a Chinese BOY with us so you can imagine the kind of attention we were attracting anyway. (The rest of our travel group had gone to Chongquing for their babies and our guide couldn't go through security so we were on our own at the Wuhan airport.) While James was holding him, an old Chinese woman actually walked up and pulled Christopher's diaper out to check and got all excited that he is a boy.

He eats quite a bit now and is particularly fond of watermelon. He says Baba (Chinese for father) and clearly associates it with James. He also says Mama directed at me occasionally. He recognizes his nickname from the orphanage so we are continuing to use it along with his new name from us.

We're thrilled to be home with our healthy, wonderful baby boy.

08-27-2004, 04:22 AM
Welcome Christopher!!! I am SO thrilled for you all! Hope you and DH some sleep and get to feeling better soon. Make appointments sooner rather than later to get checked for strep, those antibiotics take long enough to work, so don't delay. You need to feel good to run after your precious boy :) Congratulations to your whole family!

08-27-2004, 09:42 AM
Congratulations to you and your family!!!! I am thrilled that you all arrived home safely and I hope you enjoy this wonderful new time together. :)

08-27-2004, 10:21 AM
Yea! Congratulations!! Loved the aiport story (as I am sure he will when he gets older). Feel better and enjoy your new family! Yea!
~Connor's Mom~
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08-27-2004, 02:53 PM
Catherine -

What a wonderful story! Congratulations!!

08-27-2004, 03:24 PM
Glad you are home. Enjoy your little walker.

08-27-2004, 03:30 PM
Congratulations! You must be blissfully happy! Enjoy it!

08-27-2004, 03:36 PM
Congratulations! Sounds like things are going wonderfully!

08-27-2004, 05:54 PM


08-27-2004, 06:58 PM
I teared up at the thought of him saying "Baba" to his daddy!!!!
What a wonderful story, congrats!!!!

Neve and Tristan born Feb 25, 2003
* EDD #2 3/18/05 as of 8/10 things looking "great"
*Traveling in Jan insearch of the rest of our family-adopting in Ukraine IF INS gets us paperwork intime (cross fingers)

08-27-2004, 08:48 PM
Fabulous news!!! (except for your DH's strep...sending him get well wishes)


:) Kristin
Mom to Theo, born 1/12/2004 in Korea ~ home forever 7/6/2004
and Morgan the yellow lab

08-27-2004, 10:18 PM
Congratulations! What wonderful news...you must be thrilled!

Hope your DH is feeling better.

mom to William



08-27-2004, 11:08 PM
Oh Catherine,

I am so excited for you! Congratulations!!! What did you name him again? I can't remember!

I would have not known what to do if someone came up to us and checked the diaper. Oh MY! It's such a great adoption story though. What a weird feeling though with everyone looking at you guys with a boy.

Well, your his mama now and I'm so very excited for you. Can't wait to hear how his diapers work out. ;)


08-27-2004, 11:54 PM
Congratulations, Catherine!!! And please, share this on the Lounge (along with a photo, if you can) with all the other new baby announcements - you deserve it!

08-28-2004, 12:31 AM
Congratulations!!! Woo-hoo!! What wonderful news!

Please post pictures!!!

08-28-2004, 11:13 AM
That's so exciting! What a lucky little boy he is. Congratulations.

08-28-2004, 11:23 AM
Oh, Congratulations Catherine!!

Have fun with your new baby boy.


Mom to:
Josh, Mollie, Jeffrey and Katherine

Kimberly H
08-28-2004, 02:25 PM
Catherine, CONGRATULATIONS on bringing Christopher home. Please upload some photos when you can.

Mia sends love from Wasabe Poop to 2 Poopies. ;)

08-28-2004, 02:52 PM

08-28-2004, 04:29 PM
COngratulations! What wonderful news!

08-28-2004, 10:36 PM
Welcome home Christopher!

08-29-2004, 08:34 AM
Congratulations!!!!!!! Can't wait to see pics :)

08-29-2004, 02:37 PM
Congratulations on Christopher's arrival home!

mom to Jacob 9/27/02

08-29-2004, 04:55 PM
Congratulations! Please share some pics of little Christopher as soon as you can!!!

08-30-2004, 09:34 PM
Thank you all for the good wishes! DH is finally starting to feel better. Baby boy has yet to figure out what time zone we're on so there's some sleep deprivation going on around here. But my parents arrive on Wed. to cook, clean and do laundry for us, so that should help a lot.

mary b
08-31-2004, 10:55 AM
Wonderful news!!!! GLad you are all home with your healthy baby boy!!!


09-06-2004, 06:26 PM
Congratulations! Truly wonderful news.

~ mama to Declan 3.24.03 and Meghan 8.26.04

09-07-2004, 05:04 PM
Congratulations and how wonderful for you and James with your new baby! He's a big boy, that's great!! My cousin adopted from China and her little girl is still a tiny thing.

Mommy to Matthew Clayton, 5/19/03

09-08-2004, 12:38 AM
Congratulations - how wonderful for you all!!!