Tuesday was Day 2 of Henry's adventure with us, and it was a long, hard day. First of all, reality set in first thing in the morning when Henry saw that he woke up in an unfamiliar place. He laid on his side and accepted Kix for about 20 minutes before he was ready to stand up and get out of the crib. For the next little while, he behaved much as he did when we first go back to the hotel on Monday: no smiling, very reserved. He was really only interested in Jenn holding him... more on this shortly.
Back to the nanny. When Henry saw her, he reached toward her and she took him and hugged him closely. These kids are not just a job to this nanny, and this made us happy to see. And then... he reached back for Jenn. Let that sink in.
The nanny mentioned to us that Henry was a good eater, and that has been our experience to this point. There are some fruity textures that he's not crazy about, but most things he shoves into his mouth and worries about how he'll chew it all later.
Bedtime was more of a struggle this evening, as Henry can just not let Jenn go. Turns out, after I left to blog last night, Henry got fussy and then gave Jenn trouble going to sleep. So I'm going to try to put him to bed tomorrow and see how things go.
We found out today that Henry can walk when he's really motivated. It looks as though he never really needed to walk much, so he hasn't had much practice, and as a result, he doesn't have much muscle tone. That, combined with the fact that he seems so happy to be held that he rides lazy makes us want to get him home with Lincoln and Lydia and give him some prompting to get up and moving. Until then, the walking is making slow, steady progress.
Now we're waiting for Henry's passport to go through, and then we're off to Guangzhou on Friday. That gives us nothing really official to do for the next couple of days. Hurry up and wait. I could do without it, but it is what it is.
We Skyped with Grandma Paulette and Lincoln on Tuesday evening, and to be honest, I had a really hard time with that. I miss the kids at home, and seeing Lincoln made that really hit hard.
Please continue to pray. Pray for Jenn's physical strength as she lugs Henry around, and for both of our emotional and mental strength as we take on the stresses that both come with adoption and that come with being in a foreign culture for a long time. Pray for Henry, that he'll continue to open up and be comfortable with Jenn and me in all circumstances.