I’m going to miss him when I have to go back to work. He’s my little buddy.”
As I write this, I’m nursing Ben while sitting next to Tommy, who’s exploring the contents of our toy box. Calm and measured strains of Mozart are playing in the background. Joseph’s back at work. Joe’s out replenishing our refrigerator and accomplishing other necessary errands.
In a matter of hours, our house, and Tommy, will be inundated with the rest of the children. We are so ready to see them again, and Tommy will love having some friends to play with; the house is too quiet without them!
Tonight we’re celebrating Laura’s 14th birthday, which occurred while we were away.
Wednesday is Tommy’s first visit to Dr. Strauss at the Clinic for Special Children ten minutes from our home.
Thursday is Tommy’s first visit to the Nemours duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware for his DEXA scan, an EEG, and post-adoption bloodwork.
Friday is Joseph’s scheduled surgery to have his tonsils and adenoids removed.
Monday is Tommy’s first visit to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, who will be providing all his care at no cost. Our free transportation to this appointment has already been set up, thanks to some generous volunteers.
And the list will go on, medical appointments and other tasks interspersed with summer trips and other fun.
I’ll do my best to post photos once a week or so.
To all those of you who have helped us over the past months, we love you! There are no sufficient words to express the thankfulness in our hearts for you!
May God pour out His blessing on you for what you have done to help bring Tommy home.
It was a clear and sunny day when we said farewell to the beautiful country of Tommy’s birth.
Baby Benjamin was ready for travel with his “Sleep is for the weak” shirt…
…which incidentally lasted only a few minutes after this photo was taken. All was well, however, since I was ready for travel with my spit-up-colored shirt.
We prepared the flight staff for Tommy’s shrieking each time, but it turned out to be an unnecessary precaution.
Tommy was almost miraculously quiet during the many hours of flight time and giggled his way through each airport.
It was good to see him reach out for physical reassurance when he was unsure of a new situation.
Joseph and I sat on either side of him and held his hands for most of the flight.
Baby Ben spent most of his flight time on Daddy’s shoulder.
Pterodactyl shirt, tee hee~
Tommy was such a good sport; we are so proud of him.
He finally fell asleep for the last hour of air time.
We spent the next day quietly, unpacking luggage and preparing the house for the rest of the family to come back.
I gave Tommy a haircut and bath, and he took both activities right in stride.
He’s very observant of his surroundings and seems to feel right at home already.
Which he is.