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A year ago today we received the first photo of our little fella. What a little sweetheart! (He’s still a little sweetheart) It was really hard to watch him grow up in photos. We’re so glad that he’s here with us now. He’s home.
And yes! He does like hip hop! (Any music actually. This guy loves to dance!)
We knew this was going to be tough. It was! Theo was great at the check-in desk, customs and waiting at the gate. As soon as he had to sit down and wear a seatbelt, he changed his tune! Our little fella is an active guy. Being strapped into chairs and seats (or tethered to me in this case) is not his favourite thing and he let us all know it! He make be small, but that kid has some lungs! Sang and I kept thinking, “yep, now we’re THOSE people on the flight!”
Once the plane was in motion, Theo did much better, he wasn’t even bothered by take off as we had anticipated. The first flight to Hong Kong was only a couple hours long. The next one would be the really tough one!
We thought we’d have some cute pictures of “baby’s first flight” etc…nope. We were in full parenting mode. We spent almost the entire duration of the flight comforting the poor little guy, cleaning up messes and trying to relieve each other so that we could squeeze in at least a little sleep (we didn’t). Theo had a really hard time. Way to much sitting. There were several patches of turbulence which meant a lot of time with the “seatbelt”sign on and not many opportunities for aisle walking. He finally a slept a little, he enjoyed sharing our meals amd playing with some of the distractions that we brought along with us (thanks for all the tips travel parents!)
What kept us going was knowing that the little fella was finally with us and that we were finally bringing him home. We’ve been dreaming of this for so long.
A delay in HK
Due to a scheduled street closure on our departure day that would prevent a taxi from accessing our hotel, the staff offered to move us to their other location for our last night. We had been staying at the Somerset Chancellor Court. For the last night, we moved to the Somerset Ho Chi Minh City. The HCMC is more of a family resort style hotel. As much as it may have been easier just to say put, it ended up being perfect for our last night because the new hotel has an outdoor playground on site and a poolside restaurant. We were glad to have stayed where we did for the duration but the conveniences sure we’re helpful on the last night, we didn’t have to leave the premisis, we could just keep our bags packed and rest up for the flight the next day. Theo didn’t like this pool quite as much – family resort means lots of kids, he’d grown used to having a nice calm swimming pool all to himself (I’m not sure how to break it to him that we don’t have a private lap pool at home).
Theo adjusted well to being in different space as well -we took this as a good sign, he’s got some pretty big changes ahead!
Excited about travel day, once again Theo slept like a log and the grown ups didn’t sleep a wink!
Details coming post-jet lag. It feels great to have him home. Three peas in a pod.
Why is this baby so happy?
Because he got his Canadian Passport today! We’re coming home on Sunday!
Our little fella got his Vietnamese passport today!!! We’re still waiting on his Canadian passport. As soon as the Canadian one is ready we can bring that little fella home!
We are just a few blocks away from the Saigon Botanical Gardens and Zoo so we thought that it would be a nice way to spend our morning.
From the outside of the gate, it looks like a small park. Once we were inside it seemed to go on forever!
It almost felt like traveling in time. The zoo part looked like the kind of zoo we are used to seeing in story books and cartoons. The monkey cage was straight out of Curious George (and the monkeys kept climbing out if it). There were amusements which included bumper cars and a roller rink! There were independent vendors selling greens to feed the animals, bubbles and balloons – a far cry from our “official merchandise” culture.
For all of us, especially Theo, we had more fun people-watching than looking at the plants and animals. It was a hot and sticky day, but that didn’t stop little girls from wearing their fanciest princess dresses! Almost every child had a balloon and families we picnicking on every available green surface.
There was a show with a clown doing soccer ball tricks, Theo loves music so much he was grooving around as soon as he heard it. He cared much more about dancing to the beat than he did the show – he can see soccer ball tricks anytime, Sang is his Daddy after all!
We also learned (the hard way) that Theo can drink from a straw – he helped himself to Sang’s 7up! (Oops!)
The last few days have gone by in a flash. It’s one of those circumstances where time goes quickly, yet we feel like we’ve been together forever.
Today it all became official! Theo is part of our family!
After a sticky wait in an office, we had our ceremony. We signed the official papers, wrote our names in the adoption registry and posed for our official photos with the registrar and a representative of the orphanage.
Immediately following the ceremony, made another stop to another hot and sticky office to start processing Theo’s Vietnamese passport.
Theo was so patient and such a good boy the whole time.
We are so excited to be an official family. Three peas in a pod. It’s a great feeling.