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Saturday, June 12, 2010
What A Difference A Day Makes!
Friday proved to be our most difficult day by far. Hudson woke up looking a little grumpy and although the morning went well, it went downhill from there. Hudson became irritable at lunch time and refused to eat his Rammen noodles. He fell asleep on the way to the airport. Initially at the airport, he just had a frown and refused to make eye contact. However, his mood escalated to full blown temper tantrums including one where he literally banged his face into the airport floor resulting in both a bloody nose and lip. That was the worse fit of rage, but there were many others - not what you want when you are a foreigner in the midst of a crowded airport surrounded by Chinese people who are already curious about your presence. At this point, Hudson would have nothing to do with me - only wanted David. That was hard for me as Lilly and Ellie never did that - if anything they wanted Mama. I suppose it was my turn for rejection, but it hurt nonetheless. Add to that a huge, slow-moving, intense thunderstorm that caused a 4 1/2 hour flight delay - no landings and no take-offs for hours. When I was about at my breaking point, the airport gate staff answered my question of "Where is our plane?" with points to the runway - Praise God our plane had arrived. We boarded around 8:30PM and had to wait a while on "air traffic control" (I thought of Chris Rickenbaker then!) and finally took off around 8:45. After a long and emotionally draining day, we arrived in Guangzhou around 11:45 and all went right to sleep shortly after 1 AM. Ethan did great during our difficult circumstances and that we are so very proud of him. I am so amazed with his behavior! It's been really good having this special time w/ him. He and Hudson have not interacted much, but overall I think they like each other.
Fast forward to Saturday. . .
We love our hotel and enjoyed a great breakfast buffet. Then we rushed over to Shaiman Island to have Hudson's picture taken for his Visa. Of course he cried when I had to sit him down in a chair - by himself, but the good news is he recovered much quicker than he has been doing. Progress! Then off we went to the medical clinic to have his exam and unfortunately, thanks to the Hague, a TB test and 4 immunizations. It was a rough morning as Hudson like most of the children cried - alot - but it was also good for bonding as he came right to me as soon as the many doctors were finished examining him. Thankfully he only needed 4 shots - some children have to have 7, but if you know me well, you know I am extremely cautious with immunizations. I always limit the number of shots my children get to 1 or 2 at the most per visit, and I elect not to give them some of the newer ones. This was difficult for me to watch, and I did argue with the doctors trying to get out of 1 or more shots but that was all to no avail. No shots, No Visa, No USA! He even had to have the MMR even though the orphanage gave him a measles shot and a rubella shot just not a mumps shot. We covered Hudson in prayer. David literally prayed aloud over Hudson, and I was silently praying as I held him. It was absolute torture holding him down for 4 shots and a TB test after all the trauma he has endured emotionally - all in only 6 days - that's a lot for a 2 year old.
After all of that, we picked up Subway for lunch and came back to our room. Hudson did so well - he has been pitching fits if you do something he doesn't like - for instance putting him down when you walk into the room or offering him juice when he doesn't want it - this afternoon has been so much better as you can see from the photos. He enjoyed his lunch - especially the Lays chips. He smiled and even fed me. I have been trying to get him to feed me like after I feed him a goldfish cracker - he would laugh and like the game of me trying to put the goldfish in his hand in my mouth (if you are wondering why this is so important - bonding) but would not willingly feed me. Well, today at lunch he initiated it all on his own. Progress! Then he and David put the puzzle together, and he just clapped his hands and smiled his huge smile when he finished. As the title says. . .What a difference a day makes! Praising God today in Guangzhou for Progress!
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Timeline to Leiney Grace
6/22/2011 1st saw her sweet face; requested file 6/23/2011 received file, began to pray for wisdom 6/28/2011 requested update as file was a year old 7/11/2011 received update of positive nature 7/12/2011 accepted Lei Qingquan's referral, LOI submitted 10/7/2011 DTC (dossier to China) 10/14/2011 LID (log in date) 12/05/2011 LOA (letter of acceptance) 12/16/2011 I800 Approval (expedited/LG's heart condition) 12/23/2011 NVC Cable 12/24/2011 I800 Approval Received 12/28/2011 Article 5 Drop-Off (expedition requested) 12/29/2011 Article 5 Picked Up (expedited!) o1/06/2012 Travel Approval 01/27/2012 Depart for Beijing 01/28/2012 Arrive in Beijing 01/29/2012 Tour Great Wall, fly to Changsha 01/30/2012 Meet Leiney Grace! 01/31/2012 Finalize adoption- China side 02/01/2012 Sightseeing in Changsha 02/02/2012 Visit Leiyang SWI (where LG has lived for 5 yrs) 02/03/2012 Sightseeing/ fly to Guangzhou 02/04/2012 Adoption Medical Exam, TB test, etc. 02/05/2012 Visit Safari Park 02/06/22012 Visit Lingnan Park 02/07/2012 Consulate appointment 02/08/2012 Pick up LG's visa, take train to Hong Kong 02/09/2012 Depart for HOME! Arrive 5:11 PM!