Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:53 pm
unclejimbo: (jim and xanxan)
Well, we've had Xander for a week and we've been home 4 days. It has been rough in spots.

Xander really loves his foster family. It was mutual and as expected was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced. He is a loving little boy who didn't understand why he was being taken away from those he loved. I hope he will understand that there were reasons beyond anyones control. We will keep the pictures his foster family gifted us with and will endeavor to get good translations of the information written in the albums. This is but one of the things we will hold in trust for him as he get older.

He did incredibly well during the flight home. He thought the ginormous airplanes were the coolest thing evah. He slept a good portion of the flight including the take off and landing. (Serious beanbag as we got off the plane and headed for customs/immigration.) There was a meltdown during the flight because he wanted to take off his socks. Sadly the lack of communication made this a much more protracted event than it might have otherwise, the funny thing is; once his socks were off, he went right to sleep.

The last few nights have been challenging because he's been wanting to get up in the middle of the night and did not want to go back to sleep. This was of course the result of the jetlag of traveling from Taipei to LA. Definitely says something for ocean liners. You spend so much time on the boat, you gradually change the timezones and thus no jetlag. Oh well. We've been taking him to the local parks to play in the evenings. Found a nice one on Madrona in Torrance and Xander got his first chance to interact with children here near his own age. He had fun climbing and sliding on slides and going on swings and just having fun. I think I'll have a good roller coaster buddy once he gets older and bigger.

Took him to the pediatric endocrinologist today, she was very nice and even referred us to a good pediatrician who he can see for the more mundane things other than his hypothyroid condition. He had to have a blood test and did not like getting stuck with needles any more than I do. Poor little guy. Still, it will give the doctor a good idea of what his hormone levels are and if we need to increase the dosage of his thyroid meds. After the doctor, Donna needed to stop off at work to get some paperwork filled out so Xander will be on her insurance by Friday when we go and see the regular pediatrician. The folks at her job all agreed that Xander was the cute.

Xander is a good little boy. He's polite, fully potty trained, a bit naughty but sweet. I think we're getting closer to him being on LA time soon. I hope he does well in daycare, we'll start him a partial day on April 1st, so here's hoping he'll do okay.

As a last thing, here's a picture that [livejournal.com profile] silverkun took this weekend while he helped us get settled from our Odyssey.

unclejimbo: (Xander)
Up early, got to love jet lag. (Not!)

All the waiting and stuff is almost over. We meet our son today. *wow!*

Donna calling home on Skype to check messages to see if anything important has come to light. We're both up and ready to go for the most part, it is just so darned early, the only thing open is the 7-11. Ah well, that's what the Internet is for, ya?

It is going to be a busy day. First to get over to St. Lucy's to pick up Xander, then run back to the hotel to check out, Then head over to the High Speed Rail station for a quick trip up to Taoyuan and THEN check back into our first hotel... @.@ Plus I'll be lugging the Bruiser's (our luggage) along while Donna wrangles the kiddo. Ought to be an interesting day, now if only I could get rid of this headache and the butterflies in my stomach.

Do all expectant fathers/parents feel this way before things get started? I imagine so, it just feels weird. I suppose it is like when you're on a new roller coaster and awaiting your fate... ^^

More on the day later, I imagine once we get resettled. Hopefully we don't scare him too badly today. I hope he had a great day yesterday with his foster parents. Anything to make this transition for him easier is always welcome.

Time now 3:45 am on Monday in Taiwan.

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