Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fun Fun Fun!

Due to jet lag, we were up REALLY early on Monday morning and it was Jeremy's first day at work.  So, after Jeremy left for work, I decided that we would go to the park for a little while so that the big boys could play.
 
Paxton enjoyed it, too!



Isn't this the sweetest picture?!
 




Today, I got out the Jump-a-roo to let Paxton play in it.  He couldn't quite figure out the jumping, but he LOVED spinning around and around in it!
 







Tonight, we gave Paxton some brownie that my friend Casie had given to us.  As you can see, he loved it!  He's just a little bit messy! 
 



 
We are having a good first week home!  We are slowing getting over jet lag.  Last night was our best night of sleep, but I was more exhausted today than any other day!  Hopefully, tonight will be another good night of sleep!
 
Yesterday, I had to take Paxton to the pediatrician for an overall checkup.  He did not really love being checked over, but he did okay with that part.  Unfortunately, he also needs to have bloodwork done so that we can just check to make sure that there is not anything unexpected.  Two nurses came in to draw the blood and I had to help one hold him down.  He screamed harder than I have ever heard.  He is very strong and strong willed.  It was really tough to hear his cries and it made me cry, too.  It was absolutely awful.  Unfortunately, the nurse could not get a good blood flow from either arm, so we will have to go to the lab at the hospital to try again.  I have decided to hold off on that until next week.  I do not want to traumatize him any more this week.
 
Jeremy and the boys had to be at the church for soccer evaluations, so I decided that Paxton and I would have some special time together to bond after experiencing such a terrible doctor's appointment.  I didn't want any of the trauma from that to put us back attachment-wise.  So, Paxton and I had a nice dinner of Chinese fried rice followed by a chocolate cupcake!  It was nice to have some fun one-on-one time with him!
 
Today, Jane Anne, Mills, and Davis stopped by for a few minutes to meet Paxton.  He was definitely clingy to me (which is good), but he was happy sitting in my lap and throwing the ball to them.  He was also laughing and smiling and clapping for them!  So sweet!
 
 
Connor and Kyle are doing such a great job with Paxton.  They both are great little helpers and definitely love making him laugh!  I expected Connor to do well and he has, but I really expected Kyle to struggle with losing his place as the baby of the family and to be jealous often of Paxton.  However, he has done so great with him so far!  He really loves to play with Paxton and to make him laugh.  He wants to sit by him at every meal and is the first to try to make him smile if he fusses.  When he fusses, he is always trying to tell me what Paxton wants.  He will say, "Mommy, he wants his bottle." or "Mommy, he doesn't want that."  He is very demanding about it!  He doesn't want Paxton to cry at all.  It is really sweet!  We have been so proud of both Connor and Kyle.  They are doing such a great job being big brothers to a baby!  We are so thankful to have three awesome boys!
 
Hope you are having a great week!  I'll try to update again, soon!
 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

First Days Home

We are suffering a little from jet lag, but we are doing well.  Paxton is enjoying playing with us, his brothers, and his new toys!  He is enjoying exploring his new home!
 
On Saturday morning, we woke up late and ate a late breakfast.  I made orange rolls and cinnamon rolls.  He loved them!
 


Later, we went outside to get some fresh air.  He loved to swing!  Look at this sweet boy!
 

















He is the happiest baby!



Coming Home

On Thursday afternoon, July 23rd, we received Paxton's visa and immigration documents and we jumped into a van to head to Hong Kong.  We spent the night at the Sky City Marriott and took the shuttle to the airport the next morning.  We started our day at 7:00 a.m. to get ready for our flight and headed to the airport at 8:00.  Our flight was over 12 hours to Seattle.  Connor and Kyle did really well.  They are excellent travelers!  Paxton slept a little, but not a lot and not for long stretches.  But, he did well, too.  I was able to have a great conversation about adoption and our reasons for adopting with one of the flight attendants.  She thought Paxton was really cute and started asking me about adoption and our decision to adopt from China.  She is originally from China, but lives in Seattle now.  Her husband was also a flight attendant and she had him meet Paxton, too!
 
About an hour before landing, Kyle fell asleep.  He was hard to wake up to get off he plane, but he eventually did.  He struggled for a little while, at that point, he was exhausted (we all were)!  We got through customs in Seattle very quickly.  We asked an officer where to go for adoptions and he said to get in the long line.  Then, we asked his supervisors and they told us exactly what to do and then they ushered us through a faster way.  We were through customs, picked up our bags, re-checked our bags, and back through security in less than 30 minutes. 
 
When we landed in Seattle, Paxton officially became a U.S. citizen! 
 
The newest little citizen!
 
We ate lunch and boarded our plane to Atlanta.  At this point, the boys were all really tired since it was the middle of the night China time (the time we woke up on).  And, thankfully, they all three slept for most of the flight!  Paxton woke up about thirty minutes before landing and we woke the big boys up as we descended.  We were all looking forward to seeing Sunshine and Granddaddy and Mimi and Bobbles at the airport in Atlanta!
 
 
We were so pleasantly surprised to see even more family!
 
Kevin, Lee, Harper, Evie, Millie, Abby, Steve, and his girlfriend were all there, too!  It was great to see everyone!  And, we loved introducing Paxton to all of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!
 

We were also welcomed by our social worker, Bekah, and Tamara, who is the supervisor who approved our final home study and who taught us during our Crossings Training in January.  It was so great to see them!  Lifeline has been such an amazing agency to work with during our adoption!  I would recommend Lifeline to anyone who is considering adoption.  They are so wonderful!  And, I love that they came to the airport to welcome us!
 



When we left the airport, we had a two hour drive back to Augusta with Paxton, who has NEVER used a car seat!  He was not happy!  He cried a good bit of the ride home and nothing made him happy.  He did sleep some, but when he woke up, he cried more.  It was so sad to hear!  Once we finally got home (close to midnight), he was so excited to get out of the car seat!  And, he LOVED all of his new toys!
 
We played and snacked for a little while before going to bed.  Our long day (over 28 hours of travel) ended beautifully with three sleeping boys in our home!
 
We LOVE our family of FIVE!!!
 



The Garden Hotel

I snapped a few pictures just before we left China of our room at The Garden Hotel.  I just want to remember where we spent so much time getting to know our son! 
 
We spent six nights in room 1344 at The Garden Hotel in Guangzhou, China.  This suite was much larger than our room in Nanjing, so it was nice to spread out a little.
 
When you walked in the door, you walked into the living room/Connor's bedroom!  The living room had a sofa and chair with a small round table that had two stools.  This was nice for the meals that we ate in the room.  The other end of the room had a desk and Connor's roll away bed.
 



 
From the living room, there was a door leading to the bedroom.  We had a king size bed and a crib in the bedroom.  At night, I would put Paxton to bed first in the crib while Jeremy read books to the boys in the living room.  Once Paxton was asleep, Connor and Kyle would go to sleep in the king size bed.  Later, we would move Connor to the roll away bed in the living room when we went to bed.




From the bedroom, you walked into the bathroom. 
 



On the left side were two doors.  The first door led to the shower and tub and the second door led to the toilet.