Thursday, January 2, 2014

Video of CAB

I really can't do her justice but here is some video that JR took.  We are on the tour bus with our two other families and their children on our way to get the children's medical exams.  I had to cut the video, but at the end, I start trying to clarify whether Sam needed a TB test.  She kept saying children over two needed a TB test.  Sam was the only child in our group who was two.  So I asked if children who were two had to get the test. She kept repeating children over two had be tested.  Umm, the correct answer was children two and over have to have a TB test.  I can't imagine why there so much confusion and this whole trip seemed like such a cluster.  Can you?

I should also mention that this was the first day back with the other families after being away for a week.  I was ecstatic to see them.  That really doesn't do it justice.  JR said he didn't know if he had ever seen me that happy.  I'm pretty sure that I tackled Brandi and Angela when I saw them.  Given that our interactions up to this point had been very brief, I'm sure this was a little off putting for them, but I hadn't talked to anyone but JR in a week. I was super excited to see familiar faces.

I want to keep updating on our time in China so I don't forget, but as we approach one year at home, I want to record some of favorite things about Sammy right now.  First, this kid has the best smile.  Seriously, for a child labeled deformed because of his mouth, he has great dimples and an infectious laugh.  When we first came home, Sam didn't have any fat.  I even asked the pediatrician about the large boney protrusions on his forehead.  Now there is a nice thick layer of fat on his forehead and you can't even see the knots.  He lets me rock him to sleep every night now.  I rock him long after he is asleep and just feel the weight of his body and head on my chest.  I smell his hair and rub his cheeks.  His hair is fabulous.  When he first got home, John Hinton said that Sam's hair hurt him.  Now, it is luxurious.  I could not have asked for more out of John Hinton in this last year.  He is such a great big brother.  They fight and love.  They are brothers.  John Hinton cries when Sammy gets in trouble for pinching or scratching.

No lie, they wear me out, but I have no regrets. 

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