More pics & updates

Like his dad, Alexei wakes up and goes to sleep slowly. He also has a fairly distinctive set of sounds he makes while waking up, so after waking up at nearly every sound and movement of his all night (so much for being a heavy sleeper), I got the best birthday present ever. I saw my son’s eyes open this morning, focus on my face, and then he gave me a huge smile.

First bath: Accomplished, with much laughing and splashing. Some of it was even Alexei’s.

We also completed all our paperwork with the local government office this morning, making Alexei legally our son in the eyes of the Chinese government. Other than offices and the hotel we haven’t seen much of Nanchang yet, but now that we’re done with the big events we have the next 3 days to mostly just hang out with Alexei and explore while we wait for his passport.

He’s been a very happy boy today, soaking in all the new sights, sounds, and people as we’ve bounced around between government offices and hanging out with our travel group. We’re with 8 other families, and they’ve been a great group. Lots of beautiful little girls for our Alexei to check out, too. A couple a bit sick or fussy, but in general the babies in our group seem to be doing extremely well so far, and all us shell-shocked parents are trying to do the best we can to support each other. The agency staff has also been doing an incredible job at shepherding us on this mind-boggling journey.

About half our group had lunch together at the Chinese restaurant here at the hotel, and one of our guides ordered enough food to about collapse the table. Lots of traditional Chinese dishes, and she even talked the chef into trying his hand at french fries. Tomorrow she’s going to take us out for some very local food at a nearby place, and she keeps warning us how spicy the real local food is, so that should be interesting.

Alexei & dad relaxing at the hotel after a morning at the office

Bouncing around the bed, tossing toys, and laughing.


11 Responses to “More pics & updates”

  1. Daiv says:


  2. Kurt says:

    Congrats! Such a cutie!!!!

  3. elyse says:

    He looks so happy! I love following your adventure. Hope you enjoy the down time and enjoy the time together. All our love.

  4. stacy tanner says:

    Oh, my God. I totally have the chills and wet eyes and I feel like crying because you three are finally together!! That is so unbelievably awesome. Cheerios! Yay for Cheerios! Oh, and Mom and Dad, too. 😉

  5. Kim and Fred says:

    Happy Birthday to Darren. That is a wonderful picture. He (Alexi) looks so incredibly happy

    Oh, and Katie thinks the baby is so cute.

  6. Vicky/Veronique says:

    I’m so happy for you.

  7. Sally Trueax says:

    You have truly been blessed. He is happy, health and beautiful. I am so happy for the 3 of you. My love and prayers go out for all of you. I love him all ready. I am so please to be a Great Aunt!

  8. Tina says:

    We love seeing the pictures & showing the boys your new baby. Bran keeps asking me why I’m crying & smiling at the same time. He’s so confused;-)

  9. Heather says:

    Congratulations!!! The pics are wonderful and Alexei is just beautiful. You and Darren are glowing its such a happy sight 🙂

    hugz & love to you all

  10. Linda says:

    I am just rapturous for you! In tears and so glad. I showed my hubby and he melted into tears, too… he’s been following your story through me. I’m so happy the family is all together.

  11. Paul Horenberger says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen Darren look that happy. What a great way to celebrate your birthday!

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