Several weeks ago, after we received our Letter of Approval (probably the hardest and longest wait for most people), I knew we'd sail through the rest of the following steps. Panic set in as I realized my time with my oldest son -- our "Henry and Mommy" days -- was closing in. I remember having breakfast with Henry one morning while discussing our schedule for the day:
Henry: Is it "Henry and Mommy" day?I couldn't finish my sentence and just let the tears flow. Will my beautiful and happy son stay happy when our new son joins the family? Will Henry feel neglected? Will he feel less loved? Will he be okay??? Every time I'd have my "magic moments" with my son, I'd turn into a watery mess fearing I'd lose this special bond with my first baby.
Me: Yes, it is "Henry and Mommy" day today! When Oliver comes home, we will call it our "Henry, Oliver and..."
Then, last week I reminded myself that Oliver needs us. Oliver needs his big brother. Oliver needs all the love, hugs and attention he can get! We still have not seen a smile on any of his photographs and we are determined to make him giggle as soon as we see him for the first time! Henry WILL be fine. Yes, he will be jealous of his little brother, and Henry may regress, but he will be fine. We've all been talking about Oliver since December and we know he's super excited to take on the "big brother" role, so I'm pretty sure he'll be okay. (I think he'll enjoy bossing someone around; he's not having much luck telling our 13-year old Shih-Tzu what to do!)
Okay, the details: as we've predicted for quite some time, we are hoping to travel in the third week of May. Our agency is currently waiting on confirmation for consulate appointments (where we visit the US Consulate in Guangzhou to take the oath on behalf of Oliver for his citizenship), so I think we should hear back from them on Monday. Yes, more waiting! :D
As soon as our Consulate Appointment (CA) is confirmed, I will be contacting the travel agent to book our flights...and then we can apply for our Chinese tourist visas in person at the Chinese Consulate in Houston (the regular service takes 4 business days and I hope to avoid any kind of Express service!).
Let's go and get our baby boy!!!
As usual, here are some random pictures:
|Here is our little guy again!|
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|Erm, the start of my packing |
(the majority of the luggage is in another room)!!
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|Henry LOVES playing with the water!|