The biggest adventure of our lives has begun. On June 15, 2015 the Brianja family added a member. It was the day we got to finally meet T – our amazing son. In our hearts we became a family of 3 that day, though it wasn’t until the following day our family became official in the eyes of the law:
Just under 2, T came into our lives with a crazy amount of energy, a few amazing smiles and a lot of heartbreaking tears. Taken away from everything he knew – his nanny’s, his crib, his roommates and his name – he was confused and scared. After spending his life in an orphanage this small scared little boy was thrust into the unknown world with two strange looking faces by his side. The first week was tough for all of us. We fell in love immediately, but poor T spent a lot of time waiting for someone from the orphanage to come and get him. It was probably the hardest and best week of our lives. Everyday got (and continues to get) better. Each day he became more comfortable with us and we began to see a lot more smiles and laughs.
We spent our first week as a family in the capital city of the province that T is from so we could obtain his Chinese passport. We spent the second week in Guangzhou in order to get his visa that would allow him to enter the United States and become a citizen. In those two crazy weeks filled with appointments and paperwork we experienced a lot of firsts for T. The first time he played in grass, took a boat ride, rode on a plane, and felt a strong wind in his hair to name just a few.
We got one quick night in our home in Shanghai before jumping on a plane to New York.
Our summer was spent introducing T to his extended family and chasing more paperwork (passport, visa to come back to China, etc.) A fun filled 3.5 weeks enjoying all our family and the U.S. has to offer.
After almost 6 weeks of living out of a suitcase we are happily in Shanghai, bonding with T and introducing him to his home. While it hasn’t yet been two months, it feels like we have been a family forever.