And, oh my did he break us in good those first days in Tianjin! Yes, there were days when I asked myself if this child was really going to fit into our family. He was definitely out of my comfort zone! Loved fast food. Pitched fits for attention. Ran from us.
And now The L'il Emperor has been with us for a year! We all survived. More importantly, we all thrived!
Physically, he hasn't changed much. Grown a few inches. Gained a few pounds. Lost a few teeth and grown out his hair. He's the same cutie pie, wild man we raced around the world to bring home!
He has calmed down so very much this year. I believe that a lot of his behavior in China was a reaction to the situation. I still think he was quite spoiled by his foster family and that didn't help. But, I also think he had a touch of Post Traumatic Stress. Who wouldn't?
My fears about his not fitting in were totally unfounded. You wouldn't know that he hasn't been a part of our family all his life. He is loved by everyone and loves us all with the same wild abandon that made me nervous when we met! Turns out, he was exactly what we needed! A little spice. A little reckless hope. A whole lot of happy all-boy fun!
Asher: Blessed, Happy
I think we got it right when we picked his name,
but we are the ones that are blessed!
Happy one year to our Asher.
Life just wouldn't be the same without you!