Monday, October 11, 2010

Meeting Levi

It has been an amazing Levi day thus far, so thank you all for your prayers! When we arrived at the Civil Affairs office it was at the same time as the orphanage director and Levi! We saw this tiny little boy with a baseball hat getting out of the van and we all started yelling, "There he is!" We literally followed him up the elevator snapping pictures and speaking our few Chinese words and waving to him. He wanted the orphanage director to hold him and cried if he put him down.

Next was picture time with us and this was the first time we held him. He cried and was very upset, which was to be expected. I carried him back up the stairs and he began to calm down a little. I gave him some Cheerios, we walked over to the window, and we started to bond at that point. He also played with a toy car that we gave him and pointed at the cars on the street below.

I had the opportunity to ask the director some questions about his likes, routine, etc. The director is a young man and was very affectionate with Levi rubbing his cheek and talking to him. As the director was leaving, I was holding our son and he turned to watch the director walk down the hall. Levi waved to him so I called for the director who then walked back over to Levi waved to him and put his cheek up which Levi then kissed. It was the sweetest moment ever. There were no tears from our son but rather a smile as if he were saying to him, "I'm going to be okay with these folks." It was a tearful moment for me when I saw this interaction. GOD IS AMAZING!

We returned to the hotel and the kids played a bit. Levi has attached to me so he likes for me to hold him and go with him. He did great with eating...ate lots of meat, noodles, rice and watermelon. He gulped down a glass of apple juice. No problems with the cleft palate and eating. He's laughed and warmed up to us better than I ever expected. He is already saying "mama". After lunch he didn't want to go in the crib, but rather fell right to sleep in my arms. I have fallen madly in love with Levi :)

16 comments:

Debbie said...

With tears of joy streaming down my face, I am so very happy for you. What a blessing and I will keep praying that the attachment and bonding continues to go well. Can't wait to see pics.

Andrea said...

what an amazing encounter!!! so so happy for you all!!

Jennifer said...

Oh I am so happy....I woke at 230am and couldn't sleep trying to call you guys to see how its going....thanks for posting

Oddny said...

This is so beautiful !!!
I my tears are flowing - and I am still at work :)
It seams like they have got a new director ? The one we had last year was a lady in her 55's. But she told us that she would leave :)
She was also naming mostly of the children....
Levi sounds so fabioulous :)
Enjoy you time :) best regards from norway

Tracey said...

I am so excited for you!!!! I also am surprised to hear that they have a new director. He sounds very nice. So happy that Levi did great & that he is bonding! Enjoy it & may God continue to bless you all on your trip!

Kristi said...

Courtney,
So glad that you had a wonderful, Godly family day with your handsome new son!! I am enjoying following your journey!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I am so crying reading this. How wonderful and special he can already feel your love and know you will care for him always. So happy for you guys!
Leila

Anonymous said...

Courtney -- this made me cry so many happy tears!! I prayed so hard that the transition would be BEAUTIFUL! God is so faithful! I am soooooo happy for you and jay and sweet little elyza and cannot wait to meet your son--- MR. LEVI!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you soooo much! Will continue to pray!!! love EC

Anonymous said...

Isabella just said -- mommy you have so much water in your eyes!! :) We are all so excited for you isabella cannot wait to meet him too!!!!!!! l,ec

Carrie G said...

I - like many of your other commenters is sitting here with happy tears running down my face. I cannot WAIT to meet him!

dbrush said...

Cocojo: Wow. What a profound and exciting moment. I got tears in my eyes reading your story...that's life at it's best. You and Jay are incredible peeps. I pray for the four of you and that your senses and memory banks be wide open! I can't wait to meet the little guy.

Christy said...

Courtney,

I am just sooooooo happy for you guys right now. Bob and Pat said that the children at FuShun are very loved and the interaction with the director seems proof of that!! They are loved!!! I am so thrilled with your interaction with Levi and that he is doing so well bonding to you guys! I cant wait to see pictures. Is there a place you are posting pictures?

So happy for you!!!

Christy :)

Maggie said...

Woo hoo!!! We're all thrilled for y'all here in Dallas. Prayers and cheers and tears and joy.

Anonymous said...

Love is a wonderful thing. We are so happy for your family. You guys deserve the best and you have it. Hugs. Love you both.

Erika said...

Hugs and love from us as well. We are so happy for you, wish we could hug you and continue to pray for this wonderful journey. Smiles from us!! (and a few tears !)

Sara said...

Exciting!!! I'm so glad to see pictures of the WHOLE family now!