Well, we went from a day in Salento where I have never seen him laugh like that before. Next morning started off ok but he started running a temperature…a little bit and we attributed it to teething??? Maybe??? Ibuprofen and temp went to normal. He became a bit more cheery. We rolled the dice because we had an important meeting with the lawyer at 3:15 in Pereira…that is another story I will get to in a minute. While we were at the meeting, he started getting a bit fussy. Again, right in the middle of nap territory. He did fall asleep for a bit in the car on the way and a bit at the restaurant where we met. But the fussiness continued. We did give him another dose of Tylenol though he wasn’t hot. After that meeting, we had one errand to run and after we stopped for dinner. It was at dinner that the fever came back. He was really uncomfortable. We had ordered him some chicken soup which he reluctantly ate…until it all came back up right there at the dinner table. We did our best to clean him up but he was absolutely miserable. Being our food had JUST arrived, nobody was even near done eating. So Claudia, who ordered a cold salad, walked around with Santi while Mariana and I quickly wolfed down our warm food. Then Claudia and I switched and I wandered with little man since that seemed to be the only way he was comfortable. Then of course we went right home. We did push it too much and tried to accomplish too much but that meeting with the lawyer was very important. When we got home, we attempted the bottle before bed….we shouldn’t have even tried. We just figured he was going to be hungry and, well, you know what happened. It all came back up. All he wanted was bed so we put him down. His shot of ibuprofen for the night? Well, we are certain that came up too but were very reluctant to give him more and so we didn’t. 2:00, we started fussing and Claudia got up to check on him. He was warm and “technically” fever-ish, but he was bright-eyed and cracked a few smiles. We gave him a saltine and some gatorade (which is what we had in the house) and he was able to keep it down. Another shot of ibuprofen and brought him back to bed. This time he wanted nothing to do with bed. So I sat back on the bed that is in the room and held him rubbing his back. He fussed for awhile until I could tell he was uncomfortable so I rolled the dice and put him in bed. The fussing stopped and he laid down…still eyes wide open but content. All said and done, we were up until about 3:30-ish. This morning, bottle again and threw it up again. Still running a fever but not all that bad. I had to take Mariana into school and afterwards, ran into Pereira to buy Pedialite and some other groceries. When I got home, he was back in bed already. His schedule today is WAY out of whack already. But he woke up and came out and drank the pedialite and I had bought some croissants, which he ate a whole plain one by himself. He is napping now but just as I type, he just started talking to himself in his bed. Poor guy, he feels miserable right now but at least he hasn’t thrown up since this morning.
This afternoon, it will be Papi time with Santi. Mami and Mariana are going to a library in town to attend story time and i will be home with little man.
Lawyer: that tried our patience…mostly mine I think. It turns our that we have an issue and the lawyer isn’t really sure how to resolve it. You see, in the history of Colombian adoption…apparently, I am the only Jr. they have ever dealt with. The lawyer told me that Santiago’s name on his birth certificate and passport was due to read his last name as “Chase Jr.”. You’ve got to be kidding me. They dont know what to do with the “Junior”. The lawyer asked me to produce some sort of document on the use of “Jr.”. I said look in a dictionary. For some reason, there is confusion over the name this time around and some moron sitting in a registrars office apparently has the power to determine what Santiago’s name should be. So, since Colombians have 2 last names, someone determined that the Junior in my name should be the second last name for Santiago. We pointed out that Mariana doesn’t have a second last name. That apparently doesn’t matter. We brought up if this isn’t corrected, Santiago will forever have issues with his name. We brought up that traveling, technically he isn’t our son since his last name will be different than ours…just based on some idiot in an office not knowing what to do with my junior. This is something that we need to get taken care of and I’m not sure we could have been more clear with the lawyer. This could lengthen the process…lets hope not. Don’t stop praying for us. We wont be comfortable until we are back home.
Ok, a couple pictures from yesterday…pre-fever. Sporting some new duds he got as a gift from a friend.