Friday, June 25, 2010


We are adjusting to "real" life...and Dorie is doing amazingly well! I read so many books on what to expect with an older child adoption, so I really felt prepared. But she does not fit the books at all! She has not had any of the problems I expected. I have to say that, all things considered, it has been a really easy transition. I know that it can change at any moment. But for now, I am so thankful.
Our first week of summer started out rough. I had scheduled D for an appointment with her pediatrician for Monday morning. There are a lot of things I wanted to discuss with the doctor, and knowing that D will be going to kindergarten in the fall, there are quite a few health requirements. I especially wanted to get moving on the 6-9 months of treatment for her positive TB test. However, on Friday afternoon I received a letter that said we were required to go to the our local county health care agency for the TB treatment. So we rushed there before going to the pediatrician (I thought the county may require me to use my insurance rather than "free" government health care). Although everyone was very friendly and kind, it was not a fun experience. D was required to give blood to make sure she did not test positive because of the vaccine (which everyone agreed she obviously had not ever been given--so why torment my poor girl with the test???). Then I was informed that her x-rays had expired 2 weeks earlier and she had to do them over. Ugh. Lots of tears from D. We rushed from the county agency and barely made it to the pediatrician's office. And that's when the fun really began. Poor D. We are really on a time crunch because she has never received any immunizations and the schools require proof that kindergarteners are up-to-date before enrolling. So my brave girl managed to sit still--despite her tears--for FIVE injections. Oh, she tried to be brave! The good ole tetanus shot was given in her leg and they hit the muscle, so she has been limping around for several days. She's a trooper. And a pooper...we have been collecting stool samples for three days. So fun! We go back today for another blood draw, urinalysis, and to drop off the poop. We've actually gotten some good laughs over it. D's got a great sense of humor!
Tuesday was a fun day, with D getting to go to her first birthday party! Her sweet new friend Ashlyn invited D to a bounce house party. Talk about a fun time!!

Tomorrow we are going to our big family vacation. We have rented a cabin at Hume Lake in the Sequoia/King's Canyon National Park and will be staying with so many cousins that Dorie will be in heaven! It's going to be wonderful.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Heard at My House

While swimming with cousins in the backyard pool:

Dorie: Mom! Are my lips green?

Me: No. Why would you ask that?

Dorie: Because Reesie's lips are purple!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A few photos...

My parents, sisters, nieces, and nephew welcomed us at the airport.
My little girl LOVES the water!

In Jaja Nana & Papa's backyard pool with cousins!

Monday, June 14, 2010

A moment to spare?

Whew. I knew being a mom would be a busy job, but my goodness! It has just been non-stop since we got home. I had to start work just a few days after getting home--I had been notified a while back that I was being put on Family Leave (unpaid, ugh!) and with summer coming (two more months of no paychecks), I just had to go back. It is such a blessing that my mom spent 3 weeks with us in Uganda, so Dorie has been thrilled to get to visit with her every day. I've been able to leave a little early each day, so it has been manageable for all of us. soon as I get home, Dorie wants ALL of my attention. And I want to give it to her, but there are times I cannot. Like when I need to make a potato salad for my mom's birthday bash...or when I need to make Dorie's first doctor's appointment...or when I realize I left a load of wash in the machine 3 days ago and now it stinks and has to be re-washed right away.

I will say though that Dorie is an amazing helper. She loves to do things with me. She can do dishes, fold laundry, clean up her toys, and even chop veggies (I know, I know). It's wonderful. We are a little team, and we are great together.

However, every little thing makes my Sweet Baby Girl cry. If I correct her in the slightest way, she bursts into tears. She is just so sensitive right now. And understandably so. I am very ready for school to be over so we can just be together all the time and I can reassure her.

Three days left. Woo-hoo!
She loves her uncles!
She loves the trampoline...especially when her cousins are there to jump with her! She could bounce all day long.

Friday, June 4, 2010

We're Home!

That's about all I can say right now.

We got up this morning and made eggs and toast. We ate on the patio and I looked at Dorie and couldn't believe it. We're really home.

And she insisted on doing all the dishes.

Surely it is a dream!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Halfway Home

We made it to Amsterdam! The girls are doing great and actually got a fair amount of sleep on the first leg of our trip.

We'll be home today! Yippee!!