OK, now that we've got that out of the way. YES, we met Maddyx for the very first time today!! I was so nervous this morning leading up to the meeting. But, I did keep reminding myself that he is just a baby, and although this is a HUGE day for us, it's really just me meeting and interacting with a sweet little baby boy. No pressure. Yea, RIGHT! I actually wasn't too worried about him, as he's been pretty consistent in his demeanor throughout the videos we've seen. Very calm, content and easy going. Well, I'm sad to say that he did cry a couple of times. It was almost like he knew. I could tell from the get go he was very uneasy and he was whimpery (not sure that's a word). Foster Mom kept saying it was his nap time and he was tired, but I think he felt something different about today. Or, it could have been he was completely frightened by the blonde-haired, green eyed girl that he'd never seen before! In any case, all was forgotten after foster mom whipped out a bottle for him. After that he was like a new man! She actually let me feed him the second half of his bottle (and so did he). Wow, what a moment. After I fed him he warmed up to me and that's when you see him letting me hold him and read him the books. Was there ever any doubt that food would be the way to this big guy's heart?!?
We had an hour to ask foster mom questions and get as much information as we could in such a short amount of time. Here's what I found out...
• Sleeps with foster mom.
• Goes to bed around 9pm-10pm and wakes at 6am.
• Likes to sleep with a pillow. She actually gave us one to take home for him. So sweet.
• Wakes around 2am for water (really?).
• Easy going baby.
• Likes to go see neighbors little dog, but gets scared (great...what does that mean for our 70lb, first born, boxer?! He'll adjust...)
• Is scared of loud noises, and the talking bear we sent him. Lol...
• Still has bottles every 3-4 hours and also loves Korean fish and steamed rice. She reiterated he loves food.....yes, we can see that.
• He likes to go outside and also likes to go to Wal-Mart with his foster mom.
• He poops once a day in the morning. Yes, I asked this question.
So after our meeting we met with Dr. Kim of Eastern Social Welfare Society and also had lunch with several other adoptive families. It was so great to meet other families going through all of the same things as us. We also met my blogger friend Katy and shared a great celebratory dinner at the dumpling place with her this evening.
OH, and the big news..............drum roll please.................we are picking Maddyx up tomorrow at 2:40 p.m. FOREVER! They asked us when we wanted to pick him up and I was quite honestly horrified by this question. Had no idea what the right answer was. I asked Kasey what he wanted, and he wasn't sure. So I resorted to asking foster mom what she thought was best for Maddyx. They said since he does have some stranger anxiety it might be best that we take him the night before and allow him some time to get comfortable with us before we leave. Perfect! That's what we're doing!! We're planning on staying in for the evening, and just getting to know each other. Can't wait! And I'm a bit scared!
For now I am heading to bed for the very last time as just Michelle. Tomorrow I will be a Mom......