On Thursday, with our papers in hand, we headed home to Mae Sot! Of course the seven hour drive took ten, but we also managed to stop for some running around and Starbucks in the middle.
All things considered, the drive went incredibly: no carsickness (which we’d been told he had issues with before) and minimal crying for the car seat. For having not ridden in one before he arrived to us, he’s adjusted so, so well, and takes it in stride. He does prefer to have me in the back with him and holding his hand, if he’s nervous for any reason.
We arrived to Mae Sot to find our community waiting with open arms. They LOVE him!
He adjusted to Mae Sot well–despite it being another adjustment!–and is doing really quite well. We’re fighting some battles with communication, and general discipline of course, but we feel so thankful for his apparently healthy attachment, flexibility, and sweet spirit.
He’s already saying a few words in English, he’s trying a few in Burmese, and seems to understand nearly everything said to him in English, Thai, and Burmese. For now, we’re focusing on English when it’s just us, and Burmese when we’re in the community. We hope to add in Thai once he’s speaking English easily, but it’s seems a bit too much to put on him for now, so we’ve paused his and our Thai lessons.
And just like that: we’re a family of three, happily making our little home in this community!