Our sweet boy has officially been home for one month! An official US citizen for one full month!! We
continue to learn that this boy is a GEM! We can’t believe how sweet and funny he is. Adventurous, daring, humorous, extraverted and pure of heart. He has adjusted so well and has won the hearts of everyone he has met.
After one month, just four weeks, he seems to be understanding so much. He does three signs: “more”, “where?” and “all done”. Usually “more” means that he wants something to eat, “more” of anything will do! He is also saying several English words: Mama (which is the same in Cantonese), Dah-dee, Emmie, Puppy, Kitty, peek-a-boo, more (said with the sign), poo-poo, cracker, cheese (as in smile for the camera!) and hi. He is starting to mimic words more each day.
Eli is a Mama’s boy, which I of course love to no end. He would snuggle for hours and quite often does. The good thing is that it’s not in a clingy, demanding snuggle-it’s just a sweet little snuggle with lots of eye contact. He was definitely loved well by his foster families, and has so much love to give! He does well with Daddy, Nana and others, but if Mama’s in the room, no one else will do!
Actually, there is one other person who will do, Auntie Carrie, who he has adored since the day he arrived. It was as if he had known her all of his life. He is always sad when she leaves. Even though we only see her once a week or so, he never needs a moment to warm up to his Auntie Carrie.
Eli adores his big sister and when she is at school (just two days a week), he often walks around the house, signing “where?” and says, “Emmie? Emmie?” He is always SO exited to see her and be around her. He would hug her all day if she’d let him, which she definitely would not! She has warmed up to him a lot in this month, and has even kissed and hugged him a few times without
prompting. Her patience and flexibility remind us that she is truly an amazing girl.
A few nights after being home I told Eli, “Wo Ai Ni” which is “I love you” in Mandarin. I hadn’t thought to say this to him since I figured it was totally different in Cantonese, which he understands. His face lit up and broke into a big smile. He snuggled into my arm saying, “oi nei”. It seemed that he understood what I was saying! I looked up how to say I love you in Cantonese, you say “Ngo Oi Nei” and it sounds quite similar to “Wo ai ni”. We have had this little "I love you" exchange and snuggle everyday since. It is so sweet and melts my heart every time. It also makes me so happy that our boy was told he
was loved often enough that he knows how to say it and just what it means!
One month after being home and we are still convinced that we are the parents of the sweetest, cutest children on the planet. We are so lucky to be their parents!