After a couple of hours, I felt really tired again so I crawled back in bed for a little nap. After that we got ready and headed over (in the rain) to the Gangnam Finance Center, which has 2 floors of restaurants and stores in the bottom. We found a Dunkin Donuts and had a second breakfast. That's what happens when you wake up at 4 am! :) We explored those 2 floors and then found a couch in the lobby to sit on and skype with Lukas. He is having a blast and I don't think is missing us one bit.
We decided to ride the subway after that and let me just say it was insanely crowded. These pictures do not do it justice. This was just pictures of people going up the stairs out of the subway. It was crazy.
We headed toward Kyobo Bookstore after the subway. It took us a little while to find it. The pouring rain did not help and we had to stop and ask for directions a couple of times but finally we found it!
We spent a long time wandering around looking at books and trying to decide what to get Lukas. It was fun to find familiar books written in Korean.
We were very surprised to meet the director from our US Agency, who is here on her bi-yearly visit to Korea. We had never met her in person but recognized her voice from the videos we had received in April of Owen. It was really neat to meet her since we've never met anyone from our agency in Michigan.
After that it was time to load up and go. It was about a 30 minute ride to the foster family's home. There was a little confusion once we arrived as to whether it was the right place or not but all of the sudden Mrs. Ko jumped out and told us we were there. In the confusion and the pouring rain I did not get a picture of the building, which I really hate. :(
I think we must have arrived around 1:45 PM. We headed up to the 4th floor and once up there he was waiting for us. He and his foster mother were standing outside of the door and he just started making these happy little sounds. We went in and sat down and he was a little unsure of us but it didn't take long for him to warm up, which his foster mother said was a little unusual because he is very shy around strangers. We had a stuffed teddy bear for him that I gave to him right away to try to get him to come a little closer to us. He LOVED the bear and just started squeezing it and laughing and smiling. We also had a recordable book that we had made for him and he loved looking at it. We're hoping that hearing our voices while we're gone will help when we come back for him.
He is a busy little guy who sleeps and eats very good. He is very stubborn and hot-tempered, his foster mother said. Hmmm, who else does that sound like?? He does not like to have things taken away from him and will throw himself down on the floor and scream, which we witnessed. (Maybe he and his big brother can have a contest?) He loves all kinds of fruit, has a green blanket that he is very attached to and has to have when he falls asleep. The foster mother rubs his back and lays beside him until he falls asleep. (I think I'm going to need to be cloned before we come back because his big brother would love for me to do that every night and sometimes that's still what it takes with him.) He takes 2 2hour naps a day and sleeps from 9-6 at night without waking.. He is still drinking a bottle several times a day and doesn't seem to be picky eater. He likes Pororo, which we found out for ourselves when I started playing an episode on my phone. He loves going outside and playing at the park. He loves to follow the foster father around the apartment and most of the time wants to go in the bathroom with him. He also looks around for him when he is not at home. His foster mother has taught him how to bow and when he did it for us it was the most adorable thing I've ever seen. He is very attached to his foster mother but did let us spend some time holding him. He loved the puffs we brought for him but ended up pouring out the whole bottle on the floor. You could tell he is into everything! He loves music and starts dancing when he hears it. He has 13 teeth, loves splashing during a bath, and loves to play with a cell phone. He kept putting mine up to his ear and saying "annyeong" which means hello in Korean. He has the softest, finest hair and his little toenails are just like Lukas'. There were so many similarities to Lukas that confirmed to us he is supposed to be our little boy. :) The foster mother told us several times that he is very smart. She said he walked at 11 months, which was a fun fact to know since we didn't know when exactly he started.
All too soon, Mrs. Ko announced it was time to go. She set up another time for us to see him on Thursday at the agency. He waved and waved as we said good-bye and it was so hard to leave. I cannot tell you how precious he is and how hard it is going to be to leave him. It is amazing to actually know some things about this precious boy that we had only seen in pictures. He is amazing and we already love him so much.
I'm sure I will think of more things we found out about him today but my brain is a little tired. I will add them as I think of them.
After arriving back at SWS, Mrs. Ko asked if we would like to see the baby reception home, which both boys lived in while they were in Seoul. Owen stayed there for 2 months last year. We said we absolutely wanted to see it again. Last time when we went to see the babies there, we knew without a doubt that we had to adopt again. I just cannot tell you what its like to see all of those babies laying in those bassinets with bottles propped up by towels in their mouths. You can tell the staff ladies and volunteers are taking care of them but they cannot give each one their undivided attention. I just wanted to rush in and love on each one, whispering to them how special they are. Its so heartbreaking to see them, knowing they need mommies and daddies. Some of them have been referred to families and are waiting for foster homes to go to until they are adopted. But still. Its so difficult not to just scoop them up and bring them with us.
Thanks for sticking around through this super long post. I wish I could fill it with pictures of Owen but you'll just have to take my word that he is super adorable! We cannot wait to see him again on Thursday!