Friday, September 12, 2014

four weeks

Four weeks ago today we came home with our precious little Vera!
She was not so sure about us that first day (almost 6 weeks ago) when we met.
But now she is quick to hug, quick to kiss, quick to giggle, and pretty spunky.
One of her favorite things is when we sing the Johnny Appleseed prayer. All that hand holding and enthusiasm, and loud A-mens--watching her grin & watch us (and eagerly grab our hands after making a big O over her own head) is a highlight of our day.
What a special addition she is to our family!

A quick li'l update:
She had a great doctor's appointment with our Int'l Adoption Pediatrician - who also happens to know about lots ear stuff as an adoptive parent as well!  Vera got some shots and had some blood drawn, and was NOT happy about it, reacting as any sane person would.  But she did great!  Next stop in about a month is the Audiologist and Cranio-facial Plastic Surgeon. We will find out more about her ears and hopefully get to try out a hearing aid!  Then also we'll check on her wandering ear lobe & facial asymmetry just to see what they recommend, etc.  And her kidneys will get a little peek as well- did you know that ears and kidneys get formed around the same time?  So it's good to check on one when the other is a little...creatively formed. ;)

I have just come out of a rough week of feeling pretty crummy & SICK most all.week.long.  It's much better now and thankfully no one else seems to have gotten it but if I thought I was behind before, haha!  It's ok though, right, when you have a new little person in your house you must reframe all expectations of productivity! 

We are ready to move out of this little is not exactly lonely here with five other people to run around with, poke, sing with, go to the park with, giggle with, swat at.... but it feels a little isolating at times!  We are looking forward to introducing her to more friends and family, and in the meantime we really truly do appreciate getting checked on with texts/emails/calls... ;)  Thank you!

Little NaNa is such a delight. It would be A-okay if she didn't happen to be so delightful, of course, --but our transition has been pretty good so far.  I know there will be many hard things to walk through together as the years go on.  But we are so very thankful that she seems to be getting settled in quite well at this particular moment. Here are some pics of our last couple of weeks.  Earlier this week I posted a bunch from our big event in July- if you didn't see them and you would like to, here they are.

At the end we have another little giggle video with NaNa, her brothers, and a TOAD!

Things are looking up....
we love our cousin hand-me-downs! ;)

Silly Sister pics!

Fuzzy but couldn't resist sharing Vera's sweet expression!

Gearing up for a hike

Whewf! Riding in a stroller sure can be exhausting. But someone's gotta do it.
 Closeup on the cuteness!

Sisterly Pedicure

A moment of weakness....alone with the chocolate (dr.pepper-cake) frosting leftovers. 
All gone. So. GOOD.

LOVES her very special quilt from Grandma! 
If you would like to read a little more about this special project, look here!

Enjoying the new sand in the sandbox...

 This princess is not one bit afraid to touch a cute little toad!
I just LOVE the sound of her giggle!

Monday, September 8, 2014


Hello Hello, we are still here!  Slow but sure, we are coming out of our "cocoon" stage.  
Vera is doing very well. Our doctor's appt last week went well - nothing major was done or decided, just got some shots and some blood drawn (there's a job I would NEVER want).  We will meet our Audiologist and a Craniofacial Doc in about 5 weeks and learn more.  For now, here's some pics of our event - our wonderful and talented friend Thelma took most of them and we are so grateful she shared!  We are slowly coming up for air in doing things around here - next we will share more homecoming pics, haha.  Truly though I plan to post some actual current pics, hopefully tomorrow, of our sweet girl and what we've been up to lately.  The cocooning can feel a little isolative!!?!? So we have truly appreciated your texts and emails and calls...

My sweet Aunt Laurie and Uncle Larry came to surprise us, all the way from IL!
Almost bought this "Yeah, I'm on your flight" onesie for Vera: hashtags include: 
#worldtraveler #getoverit #youwereababytoo #stressedparentonboard #itriedmybest
And now for the actual evening itself, let the memory of many acts of talent begin!

(Lip Sync contest - woohoo!)

I included six photos of the prayer with Pastor Dan --it wasn't really THAT long of a prayer, but I couldn't resist revealing the various movements of a certain sweet little six-year-old throughout... ;)

Thanks for reading, loving, encouraging!!!! :)