Belgian couple Laurent Ghilain and Peter Meurrens, who were finally reunited with their son Samuel after two heartbreaking years of being refused immigration papers after he was born in via surrogate in Ukraine, are now happily at home in France. And after two years of pampering Samuel, they say they want more kids. Above, visiting with the (finally) happy family, where Samuel is learning about life after an orphanage.
“At first it was almost too good,” says Peter. “The first three days, [Samuel] almost did not cry, he never complained. This had us worried. Maybe he was drilled a little too much in the orphanage?” Says Laurent: “We created a number of rituals, and that stabilized him a bit. We eat at a fixed time, he goes to bed at fixed times, we always read a little story at bedtime.” Adds Peter, “The first days at dinner, he stuffed food into his little pockets, probably because he was afraid he wouldn’t have food for the rest of the day.” And now, Samuel will feast on love.