Thursday, June 18, 2009

Settling in

I'm not sure what day of the week it is -- that's an improvement over two days ago when I couldn't complete a coherent sentence. I think it's Thursday, which means we've been home for 5 days.

Dawit is doing amazing. He's all smiles and giggles and loves to talk. He rarely cries, especially if we get him fed on time and down to sleep before he gets overtired. He's starting to transition to US time. Gradually he's going from 2 naps of 2 hours each and 8 hours at night to 2 shorter naps and 9 hours at night. We're aiming for 12-hour nights and two shorter naps. He can eat as much as Caroline, so I expect him to be a butterball very soon. I don't know what he weighs, but we'll find out Monday when he goes to Vanderbilt's adoption clinic.

Spence and I are not faring as well. We've both had fragile stomachs since returning home and are still suffering jet lag. We alternate "Dawit duty" each night. This gives us each snuggle time with Caroline and a full night's sleep every other night. We're starting to get our appetites back, but even the mildest dishes don't sit well. We're just trying to stay hydrated and get as much rest as possible.

The house is still a wreck, but we are so happy and feel so fortunate to have been matched with this happy little guy. He's a total joy and really so easy.

We broke all the rules Sunday at our coming home party (I'll post pics soon), but for the next month Spence and I will be the only ones to feed and hold Dawit in an effort to establish a strong parental bond. This is very hard, but in the meantime everyone can enjoy his beautiful smile!


grimes said...

Lori, I know what you mean about the stomachs! I am still a little queasy and have not been able to eat a normal size meal yet. The injera/starvation diet has done me well though...I lost 6 lbs while we were gone :) Glad to hear Dawit is doing so well. Esias sleeps well at night, his naps are not as good as they were at first but he is also on steriods and all sorts of things for this pneumonia. So once he's healthy we'll see how he does! I am SO glad to be in the states and able to go the doctor!

grimes said...

sorry, apparently dan was signed in. this was really from shadley :)

Gina said...

Congratulations - and take it easy you will treasure this time.

Norma said...

We loved holding him Sunday. Still, we understand how important bonding with Mama and Daddy must be. So we promise to be patient. I'm looking forward to the day when I can rock him and sing him a lullaby.

Holly said...

I'm so glad you are settling in; I remember that feeling of not knowing what day it was... crazy times! Hope you and Spence are feeling better soon; we were very fortunate in that department.