During the first couple of days of having Hyrum, he would always want his shoes on. I took them off when we got to the hotel room and he would have them back on within a few minutes. This would repeat itself 3-4 times a day. Finally I gave up and realized this is what he is used to - with the cold floors in the orphanage I am sure they had shoes on all day. Last night after a shopping trip we came back and I took my shoes off. He saw that and immediately took his off. We came back from breakfast and the same thing happened. He now runs around the hotel room without shoes. We can't underestimate the power of example in our childrens' behavior.
Another culture shock he will have to get used to....slurbberts. At least that's what we call them - not sure on the spelling and didn't bother googling it. (Lips on bare skin and expelling air like a trumpet player to cause massive vibrations which lead to convulsive laughter.) Last night after his bath I gave him a little slurbbert on his tummy. He furrowed his brow and had no idea what that was all about. A couple more times and he got used to the idea, but never cracked a smile. This morning while getting him dressed I made another attempt and this time it was successful. Big smiles and giggles.