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!