Thursday was a bit surreal. First we all went down and tried to help in the baby nursery. All of those babies and they were so little. We later learned that there were 65 babies in the baby nursery and that they stayed there until the baby is about a month to a month and a half old. The babies were either sleeping, eating or crying. They were everywhere and it just amazed me. I wanted to help (so did mom and Aaron) but they said come back later, so we are going to try again tonight. I could not take any pictures in the baby nursery. About half of the babies we saw will be adopted domestically and the other half either in the US or Australia.
After that we met with the Dr.’s Kim. The younger Dr. Kim is the older Dr. Kim’s daughter or so we have been told I am not 100% sure about that. We met with the younger Dr. Kim first and were immediately thanked for adopting Little Diva because she has some medical problems (that has become the norm – we have been thanked for adopting her). She then talked to us about South Korea and the history of adoption in South Korea, which was interesting. We talked about some things that are all Korean like spas and various shopping areas. It was very nice. She gave us a gift and invited us to lunch! We then met with the elder Dr. Kim who showed us a video of all of Eastern’s things that they run such as a school for the handicapped, an orphanage and an unwed mother’s home. We gave him our donation to Eastern and left to go to lunch. I was then asked for the first time about being an attorney – that was interesting.
Lunch was amazing! We at with the younger Dr. Kim, Jan (who I have talked about in prior posts) and a family on a homeland tour from Australia. The food was so good I ate every bit of it. We had traditional Korean food and fresh fruit – oh wow it was amazing! The conversation was so nice and we enjoyed everything! So much so we almost forgot about what time it was and had only minutes to prepare for our next visit with the babies, which for me was probably a good thing. I was so worried about this visit after the last one.
Our second meeting was a dream compared to the first! When I went down to get the social worker I saw the foster mother, who is the most amazing woman but more on that later. She told the social worker where we were going and led me to the babies and the foster father. I immediately picked up Little Man and Aaron picked up Little Diva and we led the way to our guesthouse room. Little Man was ok with me until the elevator doors shut and then he was not so sure. He was passed around until we got back to the room where the foster mom got out a bottle and I gave it to him and got him to smile but he was so funny because while we were playing/eating he had to watch his sister at all times and she was EVERYWHERE. She tried to get in the bathroom and get into the toilet but foster dad stopped her and she pulled up to standing on the bed so that she could get to the social worker’s paperwork. She let me read her a few books, play with her and everything else. As soon as Little Man saw that she was ok with playing with us he joined in! We had so much fun – I really enjoyed the time and spent less time wondering if I had done the right thing. The foster mother gave us back some of the things we had sent, and the photo albums – wait until you see those pictures (but they have to be scanned in). I made sure that everyone understood that I wanted some pictures of the foster family for Little Man and Little Diva when they got older. So the foster mom had brought her camera and everyone took pictures. The foster mom is amazing! She has been to the US 8 times to help with culture camps and the like. She has went to several agencies to meet people as well. The foster father is so not typical of his generation, he was laughing and playing with the babies! I wish I could take them home with me too! I just absolutely LOVED them!
We then went shopping again – I really am trying to get some things for Little Man and Little Diva and poor Little Man is on the losing end so I have to find some more things for him.