June 16, 2008

One more makes FOUR!

Jeremiah 31:3 - The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."

Wow! We’re parents of two boys now! Crazy. Everything went really well yesterday, very smooth. We were picked up at 3pm and literally driven across the street around the block to the Henan Adoption Affairs Office. We totally could have walked. Anyway, we went up the elevator and Miranda said Josiah was already there and waiting so we should get our cameras out. That was different from when we met Sheehan. We had to wait about a half hour for him to arrive.

We walked down the hall and could see him through the window of the office. He was sitting in a chair in his little split pants. LOL! If you don’t know what split pants are, they’re basically pants that have no crotch that allows toddlers to squat and go potty anywhere even on the street. All their privates just hang out, front and back, and this is totally normal. So, yes, he’s potty trained. We walked in and he was sitting contently on his chair. We smiled and came over to him and he looked at us curiously. Sheehan smiled at me and said, “his pee-pee’s sticking out,” and started laughing.

Josiah was very happy to play with us and was smitten by Steve who played peek-a-boo with him. Josiah climbed out of his chair and walked around playing with things in the office. He was totally having fun with us. We drove over with one of the nannies (who held him on that trip) to get his passport photo done. We continued to play games with him. He was content getting his passport picture taken.

Night time was a breeze. We gave Josiah a bath, which he thoroughly loved … especially the water being dumped over his head. Then the boys played with their cars, Katherine showed them how to jump on the beds, and then we settled down for story time. When we turned down the lights, Josiah started to get a little weepy. He reached for Katherine and eventually drifted to sleep. He then proceeded to sleep for about 11 hours. Thus we start to see some drastic differences between the two boys. Sheehan hates to go to sleep, gets fidgety when he gets tired, and wakes often and early throughout the night. Josiah slept straight through for the 11 hours, including the last two hours when Katherine, Sheehan and I all were up and talking/playing. Granted this is night #1 and things could be totally different beginning tomorrow...Sheehan slept his first night through also.

After speaking with the Colorado grandparents on-line (Skype - which has been totally awesome b/c we don't feel so alone here in China), we went to breakfast in the hotel and learned a bit more about Josiah’s dietary preferences. HE LOVES FRUIT! He woofed down two bowls of diced fruit including kiwi, pineapple, watermelon, melon, and cantaloupe. All the fruits Sheehan dislikes. Oddly enough, the only fruit Josiah wouldn’t eat was bananas … the only fruit Sheehan will eat J.

So all is well. We are about to head out for a walk in the park across the street. When we get back, we will introduce Josiah to the swimming pool. Later this afternoon we have some papers to sign.

Over and out (for now).

P.S. Currently, Steve is having a tickling match on the bed with both boys and Josiah is laughing absolutely hysterically. LOLOL! Print Friendly and PDF


  1. Steve, Kate, Sheehan and Josiah,

    We were so excited to read your latest post. We too know what its like to immediately realize just how different that second child is. We're so happy for you and will look forward to meeting Sheehan's little brother!

    Dave and Erika

  2. This is great!! I am so happy for you guys! Hope to talk to you soon! Love you!

  3. Very happy for all 4 of you! Congrats!
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  4. Kate and Steve,

    The picture of the boys together made me so emotional. They obviously belong together and I'm so glad the wait is over. What a beautiful family.

    Also, isn't it interesting how kids can be so different. When you have just one, you wonder how another could be any different. Such a fun part of parenting to revel in the depth they each bring.

    Christy, Josh, Mia, Ava and Kai

  5. travis12:04 PM

    Hurrah! Hope all continues to go well for the remainder of the trip!

  6. We are so excited you finally have your son in your arms! Now all that waiting fades away as you bond with him. He looks like he fits right in. I love the picture of Sheehan and Josiah! How lucky they are to have each other!!! We look forward to following the rest of your journey.

    God Bless,
    Kelley, Scott, Matt, Josh, Andrew and Marygrace


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