Here’s Morgan!

It’s official! Yesterday we signed the adoption book and we have our little guy 🙂

The day started at 4:30am when we left for the Hanoi airport for our flight to Danang. Our flight landed an hour later and the adoption agency coordinator made calls to the local officials to get the time for the ceremony. It turned out that we were not going to meet Morgan until that afternoon….so the agency got us rooms at the Sandy Beach Resort in Danang while we waited. Jeremy and i were thrilled to discover a pool table and killed some time. I also got a pedicure for $6.00 that morning at the hotel spa.
After lunch, we made the drive to the orphanage. Jeremy spotted him first and was holding him in the picture above the first time that I saw him. He’s so unbelievably TINY. The orphanage director had greeted us before meeting the babies and said a few words about each child. For Morgan–he said “Thanh Binh is very small…but very strong” He is the oldest baby in our group and the smallest.
Some things we have learned: He is a cuddler–loves to be held and will hang on to you like a little baby monkey. I wasn’t able to put him down at all. He also likes to face whoever is holding him and will grip your arms or put his hands on your neck. it’s just so sweet.
He’s also a sleeper. Each time we got in the van, he was asleep in about 5 seconds. Little guy must have nerves of steel to sleep through those crazy rides without a car seat. I almost had a heart attack in rush hour traffic!
We finished the ceremonies around 4:30 in the afternoon and did not fly back to Hanoi until 9pm. Jeremy and I took Morgan out to dinner at the Sandy Beach resort and he was happy in the baby sling playing with spoons while we ate. He did sample some mashed potatos and ate those much more enthusiastically than anything else we tried.
J and I were so completely exhausted when we finally made it back to the room around 11pm. it had been such a long day, but Morgan had again slept through the flight and the ride to the hotel. He did so GOOD in fact, that he only woke once at 2:30am for a bottle and then back to sleep until the sun came up.
I will write more about adjustment–it wasn’t a perfect day…but he is doing great and smiling a lot more this morning…and taking the remote control from his dad 🙂 uh oh!
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19 responses to “Here’s Morgan!

  1. Melody

    Congratulations Mommy and Daddy! I can’t wait to meet you Morgan.

  2. Jo

    He is so sweet!!! Congrats.

    He reminds me of Cami when we got her, so tiny, yet so strong!!

  3. Maggie

    YAY!!!! Congratulations you two…I am sooo happy for you…and for me too!! An Aunt again 6 months to the day after Sullivan was born!! He is so precious and tiny…give him kisses and love from Aunt Maggie!!!

  4. Anonymous

    I have no words, just smiles. Congrats. -ts

  5. Mom and Dad

    So glad everything went well. He is adorable and looks so cuddly.I am celebrating with a bit of fine bourbon in his honor.
    Love Mom and Dad

  6. Kristin

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you guys!

    He is just adorable…and even better he loves to cuddle! I can’t wait to hear more about your time with him!

  7. kristin

    congratulations! what a beautiful family of three… 🙂

  8. The Gregs

    He is so wonderful. Beautiful.

  9. The Chiarellos

    We are so happy for all three of you. Such precious pictures. Very cute that he is holding on to you guys, cuddling, and just knowing that you are the ones who will take care of him and love him forever.

    Tinsae has been practicing and has been saying “Morgan friend” for the last 2 days!

    Love you guys,

    Doug, Kristi, and Tinsae

  10. James and Melissa

    I am so happy for you and I am full of smiles right now!! He is adorable. Congrats!!! 🙂

  11. Peter Brandrup

    Melissa and I are so happy for you guys. I dont know if you have been following the AP but the day you left ELP the state department issued a statement which got all of us here very concerned. Needless to say everything is working out great. Here is a pic of you two at the airport!

    Love,
    Peter, Melissa, Pancho

    P.S. Below is a link to a photo of Jen and Jeremy at the Airport.

    Click Here

  12. Sue Ann

    Congratulations!

    I’m so happy to see him in your arms!

  13. jjm

    HOORAY!!!

    You have Morgan, with you! Hooray for being a family of three! (OK, four with Claire)

  14. ourvalentinesdaytreat

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! He is just too cute for words. I’m so happy for you!

  15. Bina

    I’m so happy for you! I have tears in my eyes. What a little sweetie! And how sad to see all those other babies in there. Man, I wish I could adopt some!

    I can’t wait to read and see more!

    And wow, I didn’t know you were so darn pretty!

  16. Kelly

    This is so exciting!! He is so adorable. What a blessing to finally have him forever!

  17. megan

    Congratulations!!! He is beautiful!!!

  18. Leslie & Shaune

    He is adorable. Huge congratulations to your beautiful family. 🙂

    Leslie

  19. Jenn

    yeah! yeah! yeah!… i am away for a few days, and i have some serious catching up to do!!! oh my – a huge congrats to you three – did you hear that?, a family of THREE now. i am so incredibly excited for you. over the moon. he is so darn cute. big hugs to you!

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