On Tuesday, we accepted the adoption referral for a baby boy! I realize that everyone wants to see pictures of the sweet little boy, but we are not allowed to post pictures or identifying information online until we get our formal LOA, which means "Letter of Acceptance" from China in about 3 months.
So, imagine the cutest little boy you have ever seen, and that is what he looks like.
Here are some things we can share now.
Name - Without disclosing his last name, his first name is Qing Hai (pronounced "Ching-hi") which we were told means "Celebrate the Sea". Hai is a name often given to boys to symbolize their desire for the child to have a big heart and a broad, open mind. So, like Veronica, we will be using his Chinese name as his middle name. And our new son will be named: Levi Chinghai. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
Age - He is only 10 months old. (We aren't publicly disclosing his birthdate to protect privacy until our LOA) We were rather surprised by this as we expected that he would be about a year older than that. We requested a child a year younger than Veronica so they would be in a different grade, and our newest baby will be two grades behind. It will be rather nice to maintain the every-other-year grades for all our kids in school.
Location - He is living in Shanxi province in China. (Once again, not disclosing the city yet). This province is located in North Central China.
Cuteness - Oh my word is he cute! The pictures we have were taken when he was 8 months old. He had no hair. He is a small but cute little boy. He has beautiful brown eyes. In both photos we have, he has an expression like "I'm a little confused about what you want from me". He's wearing the cutest orange pants with suspenders in the pictures.
Health - Like Veronica, he was born with a cleft lip and palate, but he has already received the initial lip repair in China. We anticipate him having his first cleft palate surgery about two months after he is home.
And, the million dollar follow up question we keep receiving - When will we travel to get him? We anticipate traveling probably in January, but will keep you posted as we pass the upcoming paperwork milestones.
I'm so ready for another little boy to love. Our house has been filled with joy and anticipation for our newest member.