Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We're Home!

We are home safe and sound and happy - hooray!

WanYing is adapting extraordinarily smoothly to her new home (it helps that we keep her well-supplied with bananas) and has shown a special fondness for the art nook, so maybe we have two budding artists in the family.

The only things that she doesn't like about home so far are sleeping and the dog. The dog thing is no surprise since she's probably never seen an animal live and in person and we expected some early nervousness - Sash was the same way with Nesbitt when she first got home. So that'll just take some time.

Sleeping is also an expected struggle and both girls' internal clocks are way off right now. Last night Sasha walked downstairs at 9:30 pm fully clothed right down to her Minnie Mouse shoes and announced that she was ready for breakfast. Needless to say, she was not pleasant when informed that she had only been asleep for 2 hours and needed to go back to bed.

WanYing slept in a crib at the SWI (Social Welfare Institute) (orphanage)
so she is adjusting to the big girl bed and time change all at once. Poor kiddo. During waking hours she's a happy, smiley girl, but both girls have been up from about 3-5 am for the past two nights and not very pleased about it (nor are Mom and Dad, for that matter).

So please pray for sleep (at night!) for our family
and for WanYing's continued comfort in our home. She's doing so well, what an amazing, resilient kid.

Oh, and I went to the doctor today about the hernia and we're going to wait and see for 2 weeks and then do a CT scan if everything doesn't resolve itself by then. Ugh. I'm feeling so much better already, and I'm praying that my body stays on the "take care of itself" track.


China Dreams said...

Welcome home! Hope you'll all get on a sleep schedule soon-the same one.


Christel and Family... said...

I am so happy to see you home!!! What an amazing journey! Now the new one starts!

It took me about 2 weeks to get back on "our" time... I hope yours moves faster!! :)


ps. she is such a doll, too!! :)

Susan said...

welcome home!!!! ugh, on the time change with the girls. that's tough-but they'll adjust-and then you can sleep.
ugh on the hernia-hopefully everything stays where it belongs.


SO GLAD you guys made it home and everyone seems to be adjusting pretty well!! :)

Shelly said...

Welcome Home, and I'll defnitely be praying for sleep! That's the one part I wish we could all skip...! Will also be praying your issues continue on the path of clearing up on their own, too! It's hard to be down when you've got 4 kids!

Luciana said...

Yay! Welcome home! I've been so looking forward to this post. I'm glad all is smooth-sailing. Sorry about the jet-lag. Everything should go back to normal in a few days. Unless you get a little help called antihistamine right before bed ;) I use a small kid dosage for Mila when we travel and it helps her adjust.
I am so happy for you. Welcome Home Morningstars!!! xo

p.s. I LOVE the pictures.

Laura GarcĂ­a said...

Bienvenidos a casa!!!
Disfrutar de la vida en casa!!

Welcome home!
Enjoy life at home!


McFerren Family said...

Congrats! All is great to hear except for the no sleeping and hernia part! So happy she's adjusting :)

What a great adventure!

Jill said...

Welcome Home!! I've been thinking of all of you during your trip. Seems like yesterday we were returning home from Kazakhstan!
Jill Gildehaus

Lacey and Tyler said...

Yay! Welcome home. We'll be praying for your sleep. You all are an amazing family that we look up to so much. Love you guys!

Gift of Grace said...

Welcome Home! We are jet lagged too. I've read your wonderful blog at 2am when I can't sleep.
Hannah - (I met you in China)

Anonymous said...

Hi I've been reading your blog for sometime and I'm amazed at how you guys manage with 4 kids. I have two, my older daughter was born with a cleft palate and some days I'm ready to pull my hair out. We're considering another child but I'm not sure if we're going to be in over our heads. Did you always want a big family? Sorry for all the questions :)


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