September 03, 2006

Day 4 - Part 2 - WE ARE FAMILY!!!!!!


9/3/2006 is an amazing day. I know everyone wants pictures but you're going to have to put up with some of my typing first.

We drove to the notary office this afternoon to meet Sheehan. There were three other couples also waiting for their infant girls. Anna, our coordinator, told us that the Xi'an orphanage (different from where the other children came from) was always late. They came in at about 5:15-5:20. We could see the Auntie carrying Sheehan in from a distance. Kate almost threw up and Steve started popping Pepto Bismols. But, we managed to hold ourselves together.

When they arrived in the room, Sheehan sat on his Auntie's lap while we looked over his picture album they created for us and also got the low down on his schedule (glad to hear he is sleeping 11 hours a night!). Here is the extremely amusing thing: They gave us a rundown of his personality. Get this, he is rather laid back, but has a red-hot temper. The only thing he really doesn't like is not getting his way. Amazing ... he may be Chinese but he is a chip off the old block ... definitely his Father's son!

After having some pictures taken, we drove back to the hotel. Sheehan fell asleep in Steve's arms (very cute). He woke up in the hotel room and that was not pleasant. He cried for a good 30 minutes straight, only stopping when we walked him in the hallway. So we decided it was a good time to go shopping for Sheehan stuff. We got him some food supplies and more diapers, and some KFC for Mom and Dad, and headed back home to the hotel. This second trip to the hotel was a much better experience. Sheehan sat on Dad's lap while Mom and Dad completed some paper work. We then had dinner, Sheehan having some crakers and apple sauce. Apparently Sheehan wasn't happy with how fast Dad was getting the apple sauce in his mouth so Sheehan preferred to take the cup of apple sauce and slurp it down himself. Again, just like his Father would :-)

Then the real fun began. After our first diaper change (eww!) it was time for a bath. HE LOVED IT! We saw his first smile. He laughed and giggled the entire time. The only time he has laughed more is when Mom tickled him or played hide and seek.

We are SO thankful that Sheehan took to Steve so quickly and is letting mom "grow on him." After that first good cry by the front door, he has done incredibly well! :-)

Right now he is laying in his crib sleeping. Mom and Dad are ready for sleep :-) Parenthood is a true blessing! Thank you God.

Unfortuantly, the blogger is not posting pictures right now...good timing. We will post some as soon as we can. Print Friendly and PDF




  2. Melissa1:52 PM

    Steve & Katherine:

    I've been checking every hour today to see if you've updated with Sheehan news!! I am so excited!!!

    That's great that you guys are doing so well. I am so proud of you! I can't wait to see him.

    Lots of love,


  3. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Hi Kate & Steve!

    Congrats! We're so happy for you! It sounds like everything is going well. Can't wait to meet little Sheehan :)

    Bob & Kathy

  4. Lisa Ahrendt3:43 PM

    Hey Kate and Steve, it's Lisa Ahrendt and I jsut got my internet up here at good old Calvin, so I made sure to check out the blog and read everything, which by the way is big feat considering i have had no free time and am really tired....but wow sounds like a fun trip in China and I am so glad that Sheehan is now with you guys...I have been praying for the adjustment and will continue to...keep the posts coming I am very interested haha

  5. Cindi Johnson3:44 PM

    Hi Kate & Steve! Hurray!!! I'm sooo glad the transition seems to be going so well! I checked the blog this morning before church - and now it is 3:40pm. Hurray for Sheehan - he is the wonder boy!! Looking forward to seeing pictures of all of you. How has your Chinese worked? Does he know mommy and daddy?

  6. Anonymous3:55 PM

    SOB!...SOB!.....I love it all....can't wait to see the pics....I'm soooooooooooo happy....Love Mom,Jon and Peckie

  7. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! This is so exciting!!! I have been praying and praying that thing will go well and it seems like so far so good. Love ya guys,

  8. Jessi6:30 PM

    oh you guys!! these pictures are adorbale! sorry i havent checked in a while so im reading it all...glad to know its starting off well!! :):) love ya! - Jessi


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