He is precious. His nickname is Qian Qian (pronounced Chien Chien), so that is what we will call him until he's comfortable adjusting to Charlie. His original nickname, given to him by Daddy months ago, is Peanut--and boy, he's living up to his name. He is definitely a peanut. At 18 months, he can't yet stand by himself because they kept them in a walker most of the time. We have a lot of work in the muscle building and fattening up department, and we look forward to watching him blossom. He is very alert and his fine motor skills seem to be great. He has a bit of a rattle in his chest but no fever, so we are going to wait before administering any medicine.
We arrived at the Ministry of Civil Affairs at around 9:00 a.m. and Charlie was a little late due to rainy weather and traffic. He didn't cry at all when they passed him to us He is mellow and much like Madi as a baby, he observes everything. He watches everything Madi does. In fact, there was another couple receiving their child at the same time. They also had a little girl from China and were there adopting a son. Both of the children were crying, and our two were just staring at them, like, "What's up with that??" All the people at Civil Affairs were notably impressed with how well Madi was taking care of her new brother. They just kept commenting on it, over and over and it made us quite proud:)
We got back to the hotel about noon, and it was time for his bottle. He woofed it down and was ready for a nap right away. He was layered in clothing, but not much by Chinese standards. The oddest thing was that his shoes were tied to his ankles very tightly. He will never experience that again in this lifetime. We put him down in the crib at 12:30 and he barely made a peep since he's used to sleeping in a crib. That's new for us! He woke up at 3:30. Jimmy is wasting no time walking him around the room. He might just be walking by the time we get home! I just tried to give him a Juice Plus gummy and he gave me the raspberries! Too cute:)
So far, so very very good. Thank you Lord.