This morning was one of the most emotional of my life! We went to the foster home at about 11 this morning. After spending about an hour playing, we were called into the other room for the foster mom to tell us some things about Little Man. She told us what he likes to eat and that if he gets upset, that a snack will usually calm him down. She told us how to hold him close if he has a bit of a meltdown (which she says doesn't happen often, but it will happen). Then our translator said that she could take me upstairs to get some of his clothes. I could feel a change. As I walked upstairs, tears started welling up in my eyes. We went into his room and she started pulling clothes out to put in his backpack. Every few seconds she could exhale audibly and I could literally feel her heart breaking. I couldn't help it, tears started flowing. When she was done, she turned to hand me his backpack. I put my arm around her and she put hers around me and sobbed into my shoulder. I truly felt like I was taking her child away. She held on to me for a couple minutes. I told her I was sorry and she said it was ok. (She doesn't speak English, but somehow I think she understood) We went downstairs and I think the officials were concerned, but I couldn't help it.
I don't think Little Man felt anything different although she washed his face one last time and kissed him all over his face. It was truly heartbreaking to see. But now that job is mine....washing faces, kissing boo boos, giving baths and putting to bed. He is with us now in the hotel. It is almost bath time and then we will put to bed.....that will probably be a challenge, but I am up for it. The officials came to the hotel room about 7 tonight after him being with us all day. They both stood by the door with mouths open staring at this happy engaging child. He was trying to speak. He was copying things that Honey drew on the magnadoodle. He was smiling like he was the happiest child on earth. That is what did my heart good! Hopefully they will be able to write the final report tomorrow and it will be forwarded to the ministry. We hope the Ministry Official will be in the office and sign the document quickly....then we will have the adoption ceremony. Once that happens, he is ours! And we will begin the end of the process with embassy stuff and passport and visa and all that stuff. Then we will come home. That is the Readers Digest version of what we have left. :) Ok, off to give the first bath.
I will try to post a couple pics in a little bit.