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Monday, June 23, 2008

We have Amanda with us

We are so grateful to Igor for taking us to the orphanage to see Amanda. I packed her duds because I had a feeling "going to see" meant taking her with us, and it did. She was so scared when I removed her clothes to dress her in the things we brought, and she clung to me for dear life as we exited the orphanage. The car terrified her, she began to cry as we left, but mama rubbed her head and soothed her. Once we got in the room, she began to relax and now she is playing with keys. She loves throwing things too, oh boy, so does Kara, can we say here and now that my house will never be clean again!

They were feeding her when we got there, she was eating from a spoon, very soft foods, but she ate them! I brought bottles too! So far she won't drink from a cup or a bottle though, probably wants juice. They told us she will not drink milk and really likes sweets. That combined with teeth gnashing may mean some major dental issues, Well, she will see her doctors when she gets home.

Tongue thrusting is more than an issue for her, she has a tongue Gene Simmons would envy, she can lick the bottom of her chin with it.

Tom will go to the store after the rain stops, it is pouring here, and on their holiday! Kind of sad for them, but maybe tomorrow will be better, the bonfires are tomorrow, we were hoping to go.

Amanda vocalizes a lot, babababa, mamama and some other fun sounds. She also makes a wheezy noise that at first is alarming, but is seems to be a verbal game she plays. Again with the doctor, they can listen. We expected to see a scar on her chest from her heart repair, but they must have repaired it through her femoral artery.

I don't think we need to say that she is adorable, because she sure is. She crawls a way I have not seen in a long time, kind of a butt-scoot crawl. We will upload a video later.

We are so happy, she is finally with us, she is all we dreamed she would be and more. Please pray all goes well in court Wednesday, because this angel needs to go home with mommy and daddy!


Andrea Roberts said...

Oh YAY!!! I am so glad things are going well. Isn't she darling??? So glad for you guys!---Andrea Roberts, Reece's Rainbow DS Adoption Ministry

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

I woke up this morning and seen there had been an update. I got real excited. She is such a doll Kris and Tom. She looks so happy and such a lover. I am so very happy for you all right now. I hope and pray that things go well in court. Got to love the hugs and giggles.

Alice said...

What a wonderful surprise!! She is adorable. Her hair is so pretty. I love her giggle! Have fun.:)

Shelley said...

Congratulations Kris! She's beautiful! I'm so glad you get to send time with Amanda before court.

liesel said...

Oh my goodness, Kris. She is too cute for words. I fell in love with her a long time ago, before my husband was quite ready. I'm glad you get her. She is just precious.

Julie said...

Oh, Kris! She is beautiful! Have a wonderful time with her, and I'm praying court goes well on Wednesday. I'm so glad you didn't have to wait any longer to see her. Yah!!!!!!!

LIN said...

Another beautiful girl!! She will fit right in with your three other cuties. Have a good time.

Rachel said...

Amanda is precious! I am praying for you as you bring her home!

Anonymous said...

Im glad you finally got Amanda with you. Praying all goes well for all of you.

amyl4 said...

She is absolutely darling!!! And such a smileyface! I'm so HAPPY for you!!

carol said...

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL GIRL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The video is precious to see Amanda moving around and laughing. Sounds like the bonding has begun. She looks wonderful. I am so glad she is with you and Tom. WIll be praying for smooth going on Wed for court.
Carol N

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stephaniebnd said...

That is so amazing to see Amanda in a video. You have waited so long Kris and your journey has been hard. Many blessings to you and Tom and may your court date go well. Thanks for the updates!

Dolores said...

Oh she's SO CUTE!!! You're so lucky, I'm so thrilled for you and for Amanda! Enjoy your bonding time!

Anonymous said...

wow she is beautiful! how exciting!

Shea said...

She is so beautiful. I am so glad that you were able to make it safely. Did you by any chance see Oskar? Praying for court to go smoothly on Wed.

Charlotte said...

Kris !

She is darling !!!!!

Charlotte, mother to be of an Estonian princess !

orphans4me said...

Kris, I am ecsatic! YIPPEE!! I am so glad to finally see Amanda with you.
Teary-eyed,Joy RR

Valda said...

Amanda is so adorable!! Love the video! Praying that everything goes smoothly and you're home soon.

My three little girls

My three little girls
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