Thursday, January 9, 2014

Introducing Henry's baby brother, Oliver

Meet Oliver. We were matched on December 18, 2013 and fell in love with him instantly! He is from Zhengzhou City Children's Welfare Institute (ZZ CWI) in Henan, China, but he's currently living with a foster family in Zhengzhou. According to some members of the "Zhengzhou CWI Adoptees and Parents" Facebook page, Zhengzhou has a wonderful foster care program. Oliver is now 15 months old and we are HOPING to return to China around April 2014 to pick up this little guy, so he'll be around 18 months by the time we meet (Henry was also 18 months when we met him). Henry is very excited to meet his baby brother!

We also sent our first care packages to both Oliver and the orphanage on January 6, but I'm not sure when they'll arrive. Below are weights and costs for USPS First Class package:
  • 3 lb. 9.5 oz = $37.10
  • 3 lb. 7.1 oz = $35.25
These two boxes were much heavier and therefore more expensive than the first care packages I sent to Henry in 2011! Since the packages weighed under 4 lbs each, I had to use Form 2976 Customs Declaration (packages over 4 lbs require Form 2976-A Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note). As recommended by my agency, I used the Chinese-version address label, which will get the package to China faster than the English version; for the Customs Declaration, I used the English version.

Time to pick up my little pumpkin from school! He didn't cry today, but more about that another time!

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Referral pics of Oliver at 8 months old
(he's "standing" or propped up; is that possible at 8 mos.?)
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Updated pics of our cute button at 15 months old
(received Jan. 7, 2014)
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First care packages sent to Oliver and his orphanage
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I managed to squeeze in another bag of
chocolate wafer cookies for the nannies, too!
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If weight is greater than 4 lbs, use top Form 2976-A.
If weight is 4 lbs or less, use bottom Form 2976.
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Big brother and little brother...awww.

7 comments:

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

We have some families who just visited there this morning and thought that the orphanage was very nice for an orphanage.

linxx said...

Thanks, Kelleyn, that's good to hear! :)

Tony and Sue said...

Awwww! What a great picture of Henry holding pictures of his baby brother!

Juli said...

AHHHHH....so excited for you guys! How wonderful for Henry to soon have a little brother!

linxx said...

Thank you so much, Juli!!

d e e said...

Soooo happy for you all! He is soooo adorable! Another beautiful little boy. Congratulations!

linxx said...

Thank you, Diana!! :D