Last week, we received a rare update on our second son. It was one page, and contained 163 words. That’s not all that much, but we savored each and every one like you would a fine wine or a decadent dessert. A week later, we’re still letting certain phrases roll around on our tongues…

  • He likes to eat what the family is eating.
  • He is a dream at bedtime.
  • He is an active boy. He is running and jumping!!!
  • He is not shy with strangers.
  • What a bright and charming little guy he is!

Such precious words to our waiting ears. Each one invaluable. (Especially those about what a good sleeper he is.) Yet, I find these updates bittersweet. You always want to know your child is happy and healthy, and to have someone you know validate this is priceless! But, it’s also so hard to see them being happy and healthy… half a world away. Ah, the great Catch-22 of International adoption.

Note: The above is also 163 words. Not much, huh?

It’s amazing how much information can be conveyed in a short update. We got his updated height and weight… which was not at all what we thought it was. (So it’s going to require some more shopping on my part. Good thing I’m well into the “retail therapy” portion of the wait.) We found out his likes and dislikes in terms of food and toys. We found out that his personality is very, very similar to our Mini Michelangelo. (And the update came from our [stateside] social worker who knows us all pretty well at this point.) Just like Mini, Pint-Size Picasso is sweet, outgoing, and friendly.


We were also blessed with a handful of photos. Most of them are a blur or have him looking away or engaged in his activity. (A true testament to the “active, always on the go” statements.) But there is one… one photo… where he’s looking right into the camera. Looking at us almost. With the exact same expression that we see on Mini. We’ve always thought they looked very similar. But that image took our breath away for a moment. There he was. Our boy. My heart stopped and sped up. All at the same time. And I really, really just wanted to reach into the photo and pull him out.

Oy, I’m gonna be in trouble with these two. I can tell already. I’m ready though. Bring. It. On.

Baby Paintbrush’s Adoption Journey part 8 of 14

1. Just when you least expect it... by Mrs. Paintbrush
2. Winning the {photo} lottery by Mrs. Paintbrush
3. Packing it all in... by Mrs. Paintbrush
4. One by Mrs. Paintbrush
5. The Birthday Box by Mrs. Paintbrush
6. Mile 18 by Mrs. Paintbrush
7. Making a list, and checking it twice... by Mrs. Paintbrush
8. 163 Words by Mrs. Paintbrush
9. Tis' the Season... by Mrs. Paintbrush
10. We're leaving on a jet plane... by Mrs. Paintbrush
11. Christmas Care Package by Mrs. Paintbrush
12. The Waiting is the Hardest Part... by Mrs. Paintbrush
13. It's "go" time! by Mrs. Paintbrush
14. Finally Four by Mrs. Paintbrush