Posted On: Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 5:24 pm

[I apologize for the lack of pictures!  Most of them are on our camera…and we forgot the cable.  Doh!]


We have Minyu! It’s now 3:00 and he is napping. (I think that means it was a big morning for him.) I am having a hard time writing this post because I keep looking to my right to make sure he’s really there! I keep studying his face, trying to learn every detail of my new son. I’ll try to pull my eyes away long enough to recap our morning. (Oops! Got a bit busy and I just now have time to finish this post before I go to bed.)

After the 15 minute bus ride to the civil affairs office all of us adoptive families began waiting for the children to arrive. Everyone’s emotions were running pretty high, and talking to the other waiting parents wasn’t helping! We were all trying so hard to hold back our tears. Then the first child arrived! And there was no more containing them. I was so anxious now, because I knew we could be moments away from seeing Minyu. We messaged the ayi to tell her we had arrived, and she said they would be there in half an hour. Phew…we knew when to expect him.  No more jumping up every time a car came. 🙂

Until he came! I had stopped watching since I knew it would be half an hour, and after about 15 or 20 minutes Kaylee Ann ran up and surprised me. “He’s here!” Ahhh!! I ran to tell the boys that their brother was here, but I choked on the words. They understood and we all went running, just in time to see him coming up the steps toward the door.

He was walking slowly, and I noticed there were no smiles. I assumed he was having a hard time saying goodbye (which is probably also true) but the ayis told us he gets car sick, and wasn’t feeling very well after the 3-hour ride. He walked it off a bit, and after resting seemed better.  (Although the whoopee cushion we brought for him seemed to help more than anything!  Hee hee.)

His sweet ayis gave him so much!!! A new backpack, new clothes, a photo album, an enormous grocery bag full of snacks, a hard drive full of pictures, and a new cell phone!!! I was shocked. They gave it to him so he can call and use qq (a Chinese chat program).

We chatted with him, and with the ayis for a while, signed the paperwork, then we all boarded the bus to return to the hotel. We stuffed ourselves at a restaurant in the hotel next door. Then we headed back to the rooms to rest. He ended up taking an hour nap. I think this morning was physically and emotionally draining. How could it not be.

We went swimming later but he decided not to go, so he just watched. He said he’s still a bit scared because he’s never been. He did say that he’ll try it tomorrow! We’ll see. 🙂 I played ping pong in the pool area with him instead. Neither of us will be playing professionally any time soon. 🙂

Overall it was a great day. We’re figuring each other out, but it’s going well. He seems sweet and smiley, open and caring, respectful and responsible. It will be interesting to see his personality really showing through as the days go on.

All day I wanted to tell him so many things!!  My Chinese is just not cutting it. Good thing Todd speaks, but I still wish I could understand everything he says, and that I could express how HAPPY I am that he is here with us, how overjoyed I am to be his mother. I did tell him that I had missed him very much. I also told him I loved him at bed time, which brought a huge smile. 🙂 And now he’s sleeping, only 3 feet away. I think I will sleep better tonight than I have in a long time. I know where my son is. He’s safe, and happy, and he’s RIGHT HERE where he belongs.

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3 Responses to “Minyu!!!”

  1. Megan Powell says:

    I am so glad that you posted, because I just kept checking and checking your blog for this update. I am so happy that Minyu is “home” with his family. We are still praying for you and hope that he can feel comfortable with his new family.

  2. Anne says:

    Jill, What a wonderful post! Thank you for filling us in! So extremely happy for you!

  3. Lily Tindi says:

    This brought me tears…. Wow… Wow… just speechless. You are amazing people. I am so happy for you and minyu.

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