Sunday, July 13, 2008
Here's an interesting paradoxical-type news item: Our sweet baby is in Kolkata.. and the director of her orphanage is ~2 miles from my house right now. Siiiigh.
As hard as it is to think about that, I'm looking forward to speaking with her and hearing a first-hand account of our baby's development. We've been told that our little Devika is now 13 lbs and 26.4". She can now sit up from supine position, and can stand up when holding her crib rail. She walks while holding the hands of her Ayah, and is saying a few little words such as 'ma-ma', 'ba-ba', and 'da-da'.
So we're missing her first words and her first steps. As difficult as it is to miss these milestones, at least we know that she is doing well - which is a wonderful thing.
Her first birthday is exactly one month from today. Wish we could be planning a party.
In other news, my brother had his jaw surgery (1/2 of his jaw replaced with metal due to a very aggressive benign tumor). Crazy-difficult surgery, but it went very well. After the surgery, however, he was having some heart-racing issues.. major. Spent his hospital time in ICU so they could watch for heart probs. Turned out that he has a slight heart defect. Not life-threatening, but he has to make some lifestyle changes - mainly extremely limited caffeine intake. ACK!! I feel sorry for him, as he and I share a mega love for coffee/espresso. :((( Oh well, could be worse. He's very slowly recovering - still bandaged up and can't open his mouth enough to eat/drink anything more than liquids/pureed food. Yikes.