We have arrived in Guangzhou. That means that we have had Kat for 10 days and Eve for 6 days. Kat continues to do very well. People think that she has been our daughter for years vs days, which is a huge compliment and testimonial to how awesome Kat is. She approaches everything with a complete zest and happiness. I think her optimism will serve her well in the coming transition to American life. In public when there are casual observers (aka the masses of people staring), she likes to make it clear that I am her mom and Matt is her dad. She also will only generally speak English in those circumstances. She likes to keep them guessing! 😉 On Tuesday, we celebrated Kat’s 14th birthday with some cake with the other families. I still can not believe that this awesome girl came within 3 days of not having a family. We are so blessed to call her our daughter.
Eve had a very tough first three days with us. Her poor little heart was terrified. It is so hard to see your child hurting and scared, and know that there is nothing you can do but give it time. In fact, most of the time she didn’t even want to look at me let alone be consoled by me. She really wanted Kat to mother her. Since Kat herself is just getting use to being mothered, we tried very hard to curb this. For the most part, it is working. She is now letting me mother and help her, but she wants to be sure Kat is close by. The last three days we have started to see her blossom. She is scared less and less often, and the crying fits have gotten less often and do not last as long. Progress feels good. When we see her laugh and smile, it melts our hearts. She is adorable. Unfortunately she hates the seat belts on airplanes. The flight to Guangzhou was a small challenge for me. I sure hope the flight home goes better…..much, much, much, much better.