We received our first visitors on Sunday evening. My friend Karen and her two kids, Mari and Mesfin, (twins adopted from Ethiopia last year) stopped by with gifts. Sam was still sleeping when they arrived and Mari and Mesfin were so good about whispering and being quiet while they peeked at the baby. In fact, Ed, who was sleeping in the same room, never knew they were there!
While we'd love to have lots of visitors, Sam has had a tough day and probably shouldn't be having to meet too many new people right now. He hardly slept for 15 hours, and when he did fall asleep, he would wake up screaming after a half hour or so. Such "night terrors" are common among newly adopted children. It's their only way of grieving the massive changes they are experiencing. But it's grueling for jet-lagged parents.
For our friends who are dying to meet him, we'd still love to see you. We may just space things out a bit so as not to overwhelm him. And of course, we'll need to see if we're awake. We're not on Vietnam time anymore, but we're not on Chicago time yet either. So call first.