Jack and Jill Adopt

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July 04, 2007

We finally have our son!

The reality of Kit is overwhelming. Jack says it’s like taking care of a tiny drunk man. I knew the reality would be different and I didn’t even try to imagine much because I knew I would be wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy and I’m overjoyed with Kit. He is a real little person with a will of his own. He’s very mobile. He likes to crawl and creep and he walks holding on to our hands. He doesn’t have much balance yet (hence the drunk man comment), but I think he’ll be walking on his own soon. Hopefully we’ll be home before that happens. He also likes to babble, quite loudly. He’s found that the bathroom of the hotel has especially good acoustics.

We are in Antigua right now (if anyone reading this is in Antigua, I’d love to meet up!). Antigua is a beautiful town, very friendly to tourists and fostering parents. We’ve seen tons of couples with babies they are adopting. We’ve visited the supermarket and the main plaza, but it’s hard to get around too much with a 20 pound baby and a diaper bag that weighs almost as much. Today it started raining as we were coming home (as it does every day, it’s the rainy season), and all of the sudden we saw a huge deluge of muddy water running down the street. The street basically became a river. When we got to the corner, we saw we were trapped, unless we decided to walk through 5 inches of water. So we turned around (I was getting pretty tired by then) and when we saw one of the tiny 3-wheeled taxis we flagged it down. It got us back to the hotel safely.

The hotel is a bit of a challenge. It’s beautiful, an old colonial house with lovely old wooden furniture. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly baby-friendly. There is no bathtub, only a shower which has to run for several minutes to get warm water. We’ve bathed Kit in a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the shower. We had to rearrange the furniture to hide all the outlets and get the changing table away from a heavy old mirror he seemed to want to pull onto himself. We’re managing though.

Well, I’m tired, so I’ll leave it at that. I’ll post more later.

Oh by the way, Happy Fourth of July! Jack and I forgot what day it was.


  • At 7/04/2007 5:10 PM, Anonymous Violet said…

    Congratulations! I can't imagine how overwhelming this whole adventure must be - but how fantastic at the same time. YAY!


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