Monday, December 23, 2013
After waiting for a long time, Elijah suddenly arrived. He had clearly just been woken up: he had creases on his face and his eyes were sleepy. He had been driven from his orphanage one and a half hours away. He would not look at me or smile.
I was reminded of Nicholas' and Christopher's adoptions ( Ellie was another story), when my babies would not make eye contact. This is so textbook, but I had imagined it would be different with an older child.
Elijah quickly seemed to wake up, and register that there were toys and candy in the room.
Her started to loosen up but still wouldn't really look at us.
I stayed close but gave him some space.
Nick went in for the kill.
I knew it was smart to bring Nicholas along. He reached out and never let go.
Broke the ice.
By our car ride home, we were all laughs.
At the grocery store, Nicholas is still not letting go. Elijah is starting to get used to his " Ge Ge" ( big brother).
And I spoiled hm a bit.
The boys became fast friends, even while Elijah chatters away in Chinese and Nicholas answers in English.
When we came back to the hotel, we went to the pool.
Nicholas went swimming, but a Elijah found a new love: the iPad. It is truly amazing how he just figured it all out without having used one before. He is really so smart. He has masted Temple Run and Angry Birds. Peter would be so proud. He also has a really good ear and repeats what I say in English perfectly.
We went out to dinner. Elijah seems to need to learn a few things -- like you need to sit down at a restaurant and not wander off to the waiters' stations or other people's tables. But, you know, my kids at home need reminders like that too, sometimes.