How sweet the sound
Today was beautiful. Andie-Grace came right into my arms without a peep. I won her over with banana puffs immediately. She turned to her orphanage director and went back to her once and then quickly turned back to me and flung herself into my arms. She is absolutely tiny! I'm guessing 15 pounds is pushing it for little Miss. Right now, she is wearing a 9 month sleeper.
Her orphanage director and the head of nannies that brought her were so happy for her. They kept taking pictures over and over on their cell phones. The head of nannies especially was taken with Luke and wanted lots of photos with him in them, too. They brought us back the items that we had sent to her in the last few months and also gave us a small booklet with some photos of her in it from when she was much younger. Priceless gift for sure!
We asked about visiting her orphanage and they are happy for us to come. We will be going there on Thursday.
Once we left the Civil Affairs office, she fell asleep in her Daddy's arms on the way back to the hotel and slept through most of the paperwork we had to fill out for the Official Adoption tomorrow. She takes bottles mostly and very soft baby foods. Her bottle is thickened with rice cereal. Our guide was kind enough to come back to our room with us to show me exactly how to prepare her bottle for her. We made an 8 ounce bottle and she took all but the last ounce! I think she was also still a bit full from all the puffs we had just won her over with though!
After eating, she turned into a wiggle worm and decided to show off on her trying to walk. She went back and forth between me and our guide for nearly 30 minutes...just loving every second! The boys got her toys out for her and she was into everything! Very curious little girl!
While everyone was playing on the floor, Scott ran to grab a pizza for us. Andie-Grace went right into his arms again once he got back and dozed off in her Daddy's arms once again. I just didn't have it in me to put her in the crib so she slept snuggled between Scott and I all night...well, for 8 hours at least!
Tuesday morning we will head back to the Civil Affairs office to officially adopt her. After that is done, Andie-Grace will officially be ours!!!
We couldn't be more in love with her! She's shown us lots of smiles, where her tickle spots are and handled lots of little faces right smack dab in front of hers quite well. She is showing some early signs of hoarding with always wanting a toy in each hand...totally typical for attachment and bonding issues. We are so thankful our agency has really prepared us well for these things!
Developmentally, she is quite a ways behind. She plays more like a 6 month old but has a curiosity that I know will help her catch up quickly. We are so just thankful for the opportunity to love this precious girl! It was completely evident from the moment we met face to face that God has prepared her heart for us and ours for her!
"I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God." Psalm 40: 1-3