I thought it would be nice to splice together some of the anecdotes and observations that Mick and my parents have made so far. I’ve asked about a billion questions, and they have patiently answered most of them. I thought I’d share some of their answers now as well.
So far things are going really well. He is outgoing and energetic. He does like to be in control, but he already looks to us for support, which is a good thing. He's willing to share and is helpful.
He does not speak English. Often we figure things out with gestures, but when he looks you in the eye and says a full sentence in Mandarin, gestures don't always help. :)
He is fun to play with. This morning he said something playful to me in a tough guy voice but with a smile. I repeated it back to him and he just cracked up laughing and wanted to keep doing it.
He likes playing Monster-- he started it himself. [I think every family has a version of this game, wherein the adult chases and pretends to attack the child.]
He was cute at dinner last night. He dips his fries in ketchup. He likes to have a lot of food on his plate, but if he doesn't like something, he lets us know. I think he took a bite out of most things in our bread basket.
He likes to make us laugh. He pretended to dip his fries in the cap to his water bottle which made us all laugh. He crinkled his face and laughed with us.
He moves constantly.
Today is Allie’s birthday. Mick and Allie get a son on Allie’s birthday. How in the world did God arrange that? I marvel.
Isaac’s orphanage did prepare him for the transition. All the way here he said, “I am going to my momma and babba.”
He did not know what they were doing today [going back to the orphanage]. But he grabbed his backpack and went with them, waving bye to us.
He slept well all by himself. He eats well.
The Holt guide translator is with them all day. They will learn more about him. He is verbal, but we only guess what he says.
The hotel manager asked him if he is happy. He answered in a way that transcends language. She asked him because it is obvious he is happy.
|Two important themes: Isaac loves that camera. And Allie is completely delighted by him.|