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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Day two with Amanda

Amanda went to bed without complaint, even though she refused to eat dinner, but waking up in a strange place was hard on her, she was scared. We cuddled with her, made her oatmeal and hoped she would eat it, no, she did not want it at all. She drank a sip of juice.
We changed her and tried to feed her more food, she refused, turning her head away and pouting. More cuddling and getting her dresses. She is a tiny girl, very fine-boned, but not bone skinny, though I am sure she will get a little chubbier once home. We were getting worried about her not eating though.

We went to breakfast and tried to feed her pineapple yogurt, and that she did eat, she did well sitting up in a high chair and ate the whole thing plus half of another. We tried some cereal, she gagged on it, and juice, she drank a few sips from a spoon and stopped. At least we know she will eat yogurt. Now to find more things, we know she can't live off of it, but she needs calories.She definitely has the rocking thing going, and has a raspy breathing she does along with it, other times she says mama ma, or other vocalizations. She is very vocal. She can pull to a stand, will walk a little with us, and hates shoes. She is beginning to smile at us, but it is hesitant. We are still strangers to her, with time we know she will be OK.

Amanda loves the mirror, she had a great time looking at herself , I thought these pictures were precious of her. She is such a quiet little girl in many ways, but she is not shut down, she just seems confused. She has a cute voice, and the prettiest little hands ever. It struck us that there was no single crease across the palms, no missing finger bones, she has an artists hands.

She is settling down for a nap, the orphanage staff said she hates to nap, but I think she is a little stressed, so she needs more sleep. We noticed she has terrible teeth, she grinds them and they are yellow and her gums do not look very good. We will get her to a dentist ASAP.
She has an abundance of waxy build up in her ears, we did not bring anything to clean them out, so that will have to wait until we get home. We need to shop, but it is still raining, I think Tom will need to brave the walk alone again, at least now he knows exactly where the store is. I have yet to walk out and about.

She looks like she is praying, we hope she is saying "Dear God, thank you for sending me a family" we are thanking God for her, and tomorrow at 2 PM Estonia time, she will become our eighth child and fourth daughter.


Andrea Roberts said...

It's quarter to 2 your time right now, so know that I am thinking about you and so glad it is finally your turn (again)! I love that little girl so dearly...may have to make a special trip to AZ to see her again! Good luck!---Andrea Roberts, Reece's Rainbow DS Adoption Ministry

Arizona mom to eight said...

We both took a long nap, Amanda is still sleeping. We would welcome a visit, wish we could go to the retreat, but we know we cannot afford it this year.

Valda said...

Such a precious little girl! Love that last picture of her! Hope you can find something she will eat.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

OH Kris she is adorable. She will do great with you all when she gets home. I am so excited for your family. I loved seeing the picture of Tom holding her. You could definitely see a proud daddy full of love in his eyes. Before Tom leaves though we need to see a pic of mommy and Amanda! (I know you do not look the best... but you are still her new beautiful mommy)

Alice said...

The mirror pictures are priceless. I hope it stops raining soon so you can get out. I'm praying Amanda gets comfortable soon.

Dolores said...

She's adorable and thank you for including so many precious photos of her and telling us about her personality and adjustment. I'd love to scoop her up and hug her and kiss those sweet baby cheeks! I bet you'll be getting a lot of that in! Congratulations Mommy and Daddy Levario! I'm proud of your determination to make this a reality for Amanda and your family!

carol said...

Amanda is beautiful. I love her pictures. She is so cute looking in the mirror. The new pictures of Amanda are priceless.I am so glad she finally ate some for you. Meghan, Kara and Amanda are going to be best of friends very fast. Oh what fun you are going to have watching these 3 little girls grow up.God Bless and take good care of yourself.
carol n

Anonymous said...

Kris she is absolutely beautiful. I am thanking God that Amanda finally has her FOREVER family! I can't wait to see the pictures of Amanda and her sisters :)


Carson's Mom said...

I am hoping you figure out what she will eat quickly and the fear will turn to smiles.


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