Monday, October 29, 2007

Vu is now legally and physically our son!

It's been a wild day but an amazing day! Vu is now here with us, in our hotel room, laughing and playing and talking up a storm.

There was a miscommunication this morning on pick-up time so we missed our G&R time and we worried that we would not be able to get Vu today but we worried for nothing. The officials at the G&R building fit us in and Vu legally became our son in a ceremony lasting about five minutes.

It was a very confusing day. We were not sure when we were going where, when or who to give gifts nor who exactly was who. Gift giving is an integral part of VN society and we brought small gifts for giving. The clothing people donated was well received too. They were very thankful and there were many, many babies in the orphanage.

Now on to VU! When we first got to the orphanage I heard a child crying and I thought maybe that was Vu but no, when he came in he shyly came right over to us. We were told he had already wished all the people there goodbye and told them he was going to America! Since we know he has seen many of his friends leave, we know he at least has some idea that he is going forever. He did not cry when we left tho I did and promised the workers at the orphanage that we would take good care of Vu and send pictures and letters.

The saddest part of the entire day was seeing the looks on some of the older children as they watched Vu go. Many of these children have special needs.

Vu is a DELIGHT!!! He absolutely adores the bubbles we brought. He also loves to play chase and dance and he loves Power Rangers. The center sent us a DVD and on it was a Power Ranger cartoon. He has the cutest little laugh and likes to tease. He has a husky voice and it is higher pitched. One cannot help but be full of smiles around him.

While I know he will have moments of sadness and grieving ahead, I had envisionsed bringing home a crying, scared little boy, throwing up on the way home. None of that happened. He has been VERY well prepared for this. The staff told us he looked at our pictures every day for weeks and indeed he brought home his little photo album and it has been well worn. He even calls Eric "Daddy."

Vu has already gone pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty. This part of having a new "baby" is easy! He is also eating everything we have offered him.

The van ride out to the orphanage was crazy and VERY scary. What I said before Anne about it not being scary--that is WRONG!!! It's different during the day. We saw one wreck and several more almosts. The center is about an hour outside of town. It was a much poorer part of VN.

All for now, our sweet boy is in our arms and our beginning has been amazing! Thanks be to God and thanks to all the people who prayed for this to be.

To my boys at home, Vu recognized your pictures and he gets very excited when he sees you! He's looking forward to meeting you! I can't wait!


Kelli said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is such a doll! I love the picture of him on Eric's shoulders! He looks so happy. God is SO amazing!!

Anne said...

Oh, no, Shila! We will pray for God's protection for you and I see that will be one of our top prayer requests when we travel!

So good to hear about Vu's first day with your family and that he is doing so well. I agree with Kelli about that picture. The smile on his face is priceless.

Gretchen said...

What a great beginning! So glad to hear it went so well- Those pictures are so sweet. What a fantastic smile!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, such a fun post to read...Vu is completely & forever yours!!!!!!!! Hooray, hooray!! Sounds like things are going well with his transition. We're praying it stays that way!

Sheri, David, Micah & Noah-in VN (HoltBB)

Wild Wendi said...

Congratulations to your entire family! I hope the transition continues to go smoothly and that you enjoy the rest of your time in country.

Wendi & Brian

StaceynCorey said...

Oh how wonderful. I'm so glad your first day has been so positive. Have a great time getting to know your new son. Vu is such a cutie. Congratulations!!

Jean said...

This is amazing. I didn't realize it was going to happen so soon. Can't wait to hear you are safe and sound at home.

Love the pictures.

God Bless

Mama2Be said...

Congratulations! What a dream come true. The pictures are great!!!