June 29, 2010

Little feet

A few of my favorite things...

Well, sounds, more specifically.

"Squeak-Sqoink, squeak-sqoink, squeak- sqoink, squeak-sqoink..." 

For the past two days Reagan has officially spent more time on her feet, than crawling on the floor. She lives for praise! The kids still clap for her when they see her walking, and she's gotten more bold. She mastered the complicated, yet very necessary, "Mid-walking Directional Change."  She'll walk towards you with her arms open wide and a sly little smile. Just as you are about to sweep her into a bear hug; she waddles around in the other direction. Looking back mischievously.  Seeing her walk fills me with pride and makes me mushy somewhere deep in my tummy. 

7 and a 1/2 weeks ago, when we were still in Ethiopia, I tried setting her down on the floor next to me after I had been holding her in my lap. I turned to say something to Jason and, "smack!" her face slapped the floor as she fell over.  She didn't cry. "Ok, that was weird," I thought. "Maybe she just lost her balance." Later that day I sat her down, and once again, she tipped over. That time I felt kind of mean. When I tried walking with her and holding her hands...her little feet dragged along.

She was a little behind.

She could sit up. And, she could pull herself to standing. She just had muscles made of spaghetti. Or injera. Her equilibrium seemed like it was always spinning and ready to topple over.

So! Today and yesterday she has reminded me of a geriatric patient trying to escape from home. In a good way. She shuffles along on the carpet with a grin as big as her heart. And, when she's on the tile, her feet make the funniest sound I've ever heard. Just like Squidward's tentacles in Spongebob.   

Also, nowadays, when she falls down. She cries. She looks for me. I pick her up. She knows the process. She knows someone will be there to comfort her. She signs, "pain." She knows I'll kiss it away.

"Squeak-Sqoink, squeak-sqoink, squeak- sqoink, squeak-sqoink..."

A lovely sound.

June 24, 2010

Custody and Home...

Laundry at the Care Center


Reagan's first day as a Deem



Back to the Hotel



Dad five times over~


Hangin' at the hotel

First night 


June 23, 2010


We had the amazing opportunity to travel to Durame and meet Abaynesh's grandmother. I am deeply thankful for this trip. It solidly put into perspective what has to happen for children to be relinquished.  It's not a decision taken lightly...

 The first four pictures were taken from the van on the way to Durame. Beautiful, breathtaking rainbow, lots of little rivers and streams, traditional Ethiopian huts, and kids walking...always walking to school. The next two are of the intake center (where all our kids were first placed in care). Then there is the view outside the hotel in Durame, and finally Jason's, "pizza." I think it was bread with a little tomato paste on it, and a cabbage garnish. Right up his alley.


June 22, 2010

Getting to know each other

These are the days we visited Abaynesh at the care center. It was a wonderfully tough time. Beautiful to get to know our daughter...tough to compete with the nannies and other care-takers she was more attuned to. The street shot was the view outside our hotel. I really enjoyed just people watching! We had the opportunity to visit the Crown Hotel, and watch the Traditional Ethiopian Dancers. That was one of my favorite detours of the trip. Really. If only I could move like that~

First Meeting

Trying to post a bit about our trip. I think it will be slow going; Reagan is stealing the mouse and using it as a phone as I type...