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Feb 10, 2014

Much needed update.

Sorry everyone for leaving you all hanging on our trip.  Once we got back to Beijing we all came down with major illness.  So we didn't leave the room much and we were too tired to even write.

Our last week in China with Spencer was hard.    He was having adjustment issues and we were all too sick.  Once we got home things started to improve as he had to learn our rules of the house.  It took him some time to adjust and bond completely but he's doing very well.  Now for Reagh he likes having a brother but they seem to fight when it comes to toys he doesn't want his new brother to touch.  Which is normal as poor Reagh had everything to himself and now has to share everything like it or not.  So both boys are going through changes.

Once the jet lag wore was still hard for Spencer to realize that getting up for 3am everyday wasn't going to work in our house.  for many weeks we didn't get much sleep due to putting him back to bed a million times. I can;t imagine how hard the changes were for him once he got here.  We tried to remind ourselves with that each night he woke us up.  To be honest it wasn't easy on any of us.  Reagh would wake up and get upset and then we had 2 very cranky kids and parents.  Many times I felt like just getting in the car and driving away for a few hours......and if it was summer I would have likely slept

The boys are getting along as brothers...loving each other one min and hating the  They are settling into the new family life we have.  We are now busy with appointments for each and getting each of their needs met with each appointment.

Dec 12, 2013

Day 5 in Guiyang

Well it was a rough night last night for me.  TJ went out to get some things at the store and Spencer had a melt down that led to Reagh having one at the same time.  They got settled just prior to Tj getting back but wow that was stressful with 2 of them upset.  I guess I will have to get use to it as it will more then likely happen again.

Today the boys stayed at the hotel as I went to Guizhou Provincial Museum.  It wasn't something good for either of the boys.  I got a few things there that are only made locally so I can't wait to get back to show everyone.  I also found out that both of my son's are minority's.  Spencer is Dong and Reagh is Miao.  So we are going to read up on both to be able to talk to them later in life about it.

Here are some pictures from my morning tour.

Dec 11, 2013

Day 4 in Guiyang

The boys are getting along well as long as you don't touch the other  It's like TJ and I are a jungle gym today.  I have to active boys that's for  We are loving being a family of 4 that's for sure.  Feels complete.  Plus I don't I would have the energy to do it  This morning our guide came to get us to do the adoption paper work.  So its official that Spencer is ours!!!!  Here is our first family photo.  It's not the greatest but it's the best so far.

Dec 10, 2013

Day 3 in Guiyang

We will meet our son tonight at 8 pm China time!!!!!  Pictures to follow

Dec 9, 2013

Qianling Hill Park

The monkeys are everywhere you I didn't want them too close.  They  jump on you and I didn't want to scare Reagh.

Men playing's very loud.

Monks grave yard.

Entrance to the temple

locals asking for good health.

Reagh made a new friend....always finds a new lady everywhere he

She wanted him to go down the made up slide.

Could have taken her sweet.

Reagh's turn....the old fella loved him.

Reagh giving the little girl a high five...she wasn't sure at

Hoping next time it will be a family of 4.....

Dec 8, 2013

Updated news

We got word today that Spencer is going to be coming on a train today at noon to Guiyang.  The train will be over 12 hours ride so I'm not sure if we will get him late tonight at midnight or tomorrow morning.  We will stay up all hours tonight to get him but it will be more then likely be tomorrow morning when we get him.  We are getting very antsy waiting for him.  But so relieved that they found him and he's on his way to us.  He's aware that his next stop will be him coming to us!!!  Can't wait to see him.


Our Timeline

First Adoption

Started the process in Jan/11
Home study approval Mar/11
DTC May 16. 2011
LID June 1, 2011
Referral July 26, 2011
Sent letter of Intent July 28, 2011
PA Aug 4 , 2011
LOA 119 Days....Nov 28, 2011
TA Dec 20, 2011
January we're Parents!

Second Adoption

Started Process Feb/13
Provincial Approval April 26/13

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