Matt and I were picked up at the hotel around 2:00 for our afternoon visit. We met Hudson (who was wearing a new outfit!) again in the visiting room but then went on a tour of the orphanage. We got to see the other two main rooms where he has lived his life. We met one of the nannies from when he was an infant. When he would get upset and cry, others would rush up and give him some food which would make him stop crying almost immediately. Matt noted that treats seem to be the way to this boy's heart (at least for now). Hudson let us carry him around most of the time. There were still tears, but we also had some special moments of connection.
After walking around the campus a little bit, Matt got the reward of being the first to make Hudson giggle. He was tickling him while walking, and I turned around to see the sweetest smile and hear the most precious giggle. It was music to my ears, and Matt was just beaming. Hudson, your Daddy is definitely the funny one, and you learned this very early on.
The rest of our afternoon visit was spent in the outside play area. We played with a Thai alphabet toy and got to hear him saying some characters. We pushed him around on a bike (and played with a lot of other little ones who wanted some attention). As the afternoon went on, he definitely got more comfortable with us. We did more tickles and kisses and hugs and got to hear his sweet giggle more and more. His favorite nanny "Ma Kru" also spent a good bit of time with us, and we got some videos of her singing songs to him and talking with him. I hope these will be special to him one day so he can see how much he was cared for by her and many others.
When it was time to go, he rode in the van with us to the hotel. I think they are trying to get him used to being out and about more. Needless to say, we didn't want to say goodbye, but we were thrilled that the visit went so well. Loved seeing his eyes light up, and we loved seeing him more comfortable in the surroundings that he's used to. I loved watching his nanny with him and seeing her obvious care for him (and his for her!). The second visit was soooooooo much more encouraging than the first. It made us really look forward to Tyndall getting to meet him. :)
P.S. No pictures because we only have ones with his face from this visit.