I sent out emails when we were on our trip, but did not post here at my blog. If you weren’t on my email list and are interested in reading about our time in India you can begin here.
March 7, 2011
Our second arrival in India was definitely easier than our first. Even when our hotel had not sent a car we did not panic. Actually a couple of drivers for other hotels asked us if we needed help and when we said our hotel name they found that person for us.
What really turned out to be our main problem for today was that we went to bed in London at ten or so and had to get up at two am to get ready for our airport transfer. Then we spent the day in a plane or airport and arrived in Delhi at 11:45. By the time we got to our hotel room it was after 2:00 am. Guess what time we had to get up this morning? There was a car waiting for us at 6:45! Needless to say we were not running on very much fuel today.
I look over right now and see a beautiful boy sleeping in a roll away bed. Sangeet, which is what we are still calling him, is a very active, inquisitive, smart, sensitive boy. He was very excited when we first met. It was very sweet. He shook our hands and smiled a lot and was wanting to know where his sisters were! He also thought that we were leaving on a plane today. I wish we were because we miss the girls terribly! Being here has brought back so many memories of them when we first met.
We had a full day. We did the preliminaries at the Embassy and then went to the hospital for his check up which is required as part of the visa. He had to get a TB test which was a bit dicey for awhile as I did not think he would hold still for it. He charmed and chatted with people at the Embassy and the hospital. He had ladies buying him food and pretty much anything he could think to ask for was provided. At our late lunch at the hotel the waiters were bringing him special plates of things they thought he would like. Tonight he was chatting up the spa-exercise-pool staff after asking one of them about a fish in the tank. By the time we were done there were five of them standing around laughing and talking with him.
I have had many conversations with Indians about adoption which has been interesting. They are all amazed that we would be adopting an older child. I wish more people would push aside their fears about that and just do it!
I am super tired, even after a nap today! So I will write more later. I knew you would be wondering how our Monday went.
Oh, by the way, there were some tears today. Levi wanted to call and talk to his Sisters. He was missing them. I felt so bad for him. I just let him cry awhile letting him know it was perfectly right for him to be sad. After awhile we took our walk at the pool and he seemed to forget about it and was happy to snuggle up for a book before bed.
Love to you all! Keep up the prayers.