My mom texted that all the "Henry fans" would probably like an update.
(I am thinking she would like more pictures than the few I have texted!)
In some ways our journey to China feels so long ago already! When I count I realize we have only been home 5 days. It has only been 2 weeks and 2 days since we met Henry Mingyu! WOW! How time is funny! It makes me realize how far we have come already...this boy is definitely stealing my heart ❤
Henry Mingyu is
- sweet (very loving and cuddly),
- silly (his laughs are THE BEST, his smile lights up his face, and he has a great sense of humor that crosses language barriers),
- is shy (around new people),
- is busy (he doesn't sit still long and plays hard),
- is so brave (it breaks my heart to think of all that he has lost)
- stubborn (he knows what he wants and is not easily convinced or distracted otherwise).
Horsey rides with baba ❤
Henry Mingyu has been faster to warm up to Erik then our other Chinese blessings. He still wants mama near and still heads to me for comfort, but he has realized this goofy man is pretty awesome!
Henry LOVES having big brothers! The brothers have done really well adjusting to a busy little brother.
The boys were laughing so hard I thought they might wet themselves!
Sorry baba...just had to include this picture 😃
Henry plays with the three youngest boys. He is quite demanding and although 4 1/2 years old at this point acts more like a 2 year old. They don't speak Chinese and he doesn't speak English. The three big brothers have been amazingly patient so far with our "sweet tornado" as baba calls him.
Henry Mingyu is determined....I love this 😍
I love getting to know and learn about our new son. He is so capable! I love having a front row seat to watch this amazing little boy ❤
This might be my FAVORITE picture so far 😍
Bryan was struggling to walk up the grassy hill with his walker so Henry Mingyu came behind him and started helping/pushing ❤❤❤ (baba noticed and ran over as backup)
Bryan is the sweetest most joy filled child. I was praying that Henry Mingyu would have a heart for Bryan and not bully him/make fun of Bryan's challenges. So far we are heading in the right direction and this mama's heart is full ❤
Erik got his first kiss yesterday ❤
Although demanding and fairly quick to throw a fit, Henry Mingyu is very loving and cuddly to his new mama and baba. He spends a lot of time with a hand on me to keep me near.
We ventured to the lake yesterday for our first outing. Henry Mingyu was braver in the water than we expected. He was very determined carrying his heavy bucket of water. I ordered a Paw Patrol swimsuit (in a much larger size!) from Amazon while in China. I guessed right...he was VERY willing to put it on yesterday for our trip to the beach (one point for mama!).
Jet lag is a beast. That's all.
Seriously. Each day is getting a little better. It takes a day to adjust for every hour of time difference. That will be 12 days for us. How can one person be so tired during the day?! And so wide awake during the night?! Nuts!!
A friend texted asking how Henry Mingyu is adjusting. I answered:
He is doing well. He is learning to live in a family. He is loving having a mama and baba. He is learning there are limits and that we still love him if he throws a fit. He loves having big brothers. ❤
Another update I texted: Henry doesn't want me out of his sight. He is more open to Erik than the other boys were at this point, but still wants mama within eyesight. My Darren needed me so close that he would stand in the shower with me. Henry will usually just peek in once to make sure I haven't disappeared. Erik calls Henry our sweet tornado. He is sweet, busy, and demanding. I can't believe we have only been home 5 days. It feels much longer...although we still feel so far from a new normal. I am trying to focus on today and not worry about how I will handle everything once Erik goes back to work next week.
Another message sent when asked how we are doing:
Good, working hard, good.
Grateful to God for all His love and many blessings,
(How was that mom?)