We had an amazing homecoing and Nate was amazingly good on a long 27-hour trip home. He seems to be adapting life in the U.S. very well. One thing we were worried about was how he’d react to the animals. He’s still working on liking the dogs, but he pets the cats and smiles. He even let Mao nap with him yesterday.
He’s also quite a chatterbox. He speaks a lot of Vietnamese, but is quickly learning English. He can count to ten and is working on his ABCs. Also, I’d say that despite the language differences, we understand each other about 80% of the time. I’ve been doing some reading and some adopted children his age actually start to loose their native langage in as little as 5 weeks. I hate for him to loose too much culture too quickly, but it might help him as he gets ready for pre-school in a few weeks.
We’re still working on good sleeping patterns, but that will hopefully get corrected soon. I think we’re still working through a little jet lag too – so a double whammy.
We’ve had a few outings – to visit my grandmother and to Target. So far, so good. We’re trying the grocery later today. Later this week, we will head back to the airport to welcome our dear friends, John and Courtney, home with their little boy Lincoln.
Tomorrow is also a very big day – Nate’s 4th birthday! We’re celebrating this weekend with his cousin Jack who also shares a January birthday. Hard to have much time to write or upload pictures, but I will try to get some more pics up this week.