Getting to Know Him
10.09.2010 25 °C
As I mentioned earlier, when we first got Levi he was very insecure and clung to Lora, Chris or Sue. Even in the hotel room he tended to stay very close and became upset if one of them left the room.
Now after a few days we are beginning to get to know the real Levi. He is still a very quiet little boy but very alert and inquisitive. When he sees Lily do something he picks right up on it and wants to do the same thing. He loves containers. He is constantly opening and closing them. He fills them with stuff (whatever he thinks belongs in them) and then empties them. I suspect he will be like our grandson Michael and love Lego when he gets older.
He definitely has a mind of his own and expresses his opinion. He has started smiling and expressing himself in other ways.
He knows what he likes to eat and would eat constantly if allowed. Yogurt is a definite favorite. He will try almost anything that he sees Lily eat. He can feed himself but does not mind being fed.
When he is in the hotel room he seems to be always active with something, just like what you would expect of a 2-year old. He has good deal of use with his right arm. It looks like what failed to develop was the hand and fingers so he has the use of his wrist. He picks things up with his left hand and then carrys them with the right arm.
He walks well. He is a least partially potty trained.
Levi and Lily are getting along very well. Lily has sharing her toys and helping Levi. Not sure how long that will last once they get home.
We took the kids to a park this afternoon and I believe both of them enjoyed all the new sites and sounds.
As of today, Levi has decided that I am OK. He actually came over to me and wanted me to carry him. As I said, he is settling in very well.
One of the questions that always arises is what does the average Chinese thing of foreign adoptions. I am sure that there is some sadness that a child is leaving their country and culture.
We arrived in Guangzhou last night after Levi's first plane ride. This morning he is a normal two year old - for better and for worse - and one of our family. We still have a lot to learn about the little guy and that will occur over the next months but he is now one of us.