Our little one is healthy and normal and we are pleased and proud to know that he has scored very well on all the little baby tests that they run on them at this stage of development in Taiwan.
It is interesting to note that in Taiwan, they apparently run a lot more tests on infants at this age than we do here in the US. While that can be a good thing if you learn that all of the test results are normal, it can certainly be a bad thing if they aren't, especially if you are prone to worry (and aren't all mothers prone to worry when their baby's health is in question?). For example, in the US, physicians wait until the babies are older before they administer certain hearing tests, believing that babies should not yet be expected to perform consistently and well on these tests since they have not yet developed enough to do so. So, if a test in Taiwan suggests that your baby has a hearing issue, try to remain calm and remember it may not be an issue by US standards.
We've also been warned that we shouldn't be surprised if he gets the sniffles over the next few months nor should we be surprised if, as a result of his getting the sniffles, he is given a brain echo. What?! I'm not entirely sure what a brain echo is, but I think it is something akin to an MRI and, to my American way of thinking, it seems a bit of an aggressive diagnostic tool for a case of the sniffles.
In any case, it sounds like he will receive excellent care while he waits to come home. Still, we hope he stays healthy enough so that he doesn't even get a case of the sniffles.