Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And Suddenly There Were Four..

Wow.. here we are!! And no, you aren't seeing any really good photos. Arrrrgh! The stupid battery charger for our point-n-shoot small camera doesn't work! And the battery died immediately before we left for ISRC. Don't freak out - I have photos - but they are in my pro camera, and won't be uploaded until we return to the US. Blaaaah.
The photos here were actually in videos that I was able to 'snap' photos from. sigh. Always a technical issue, I swear. Last time, when we picked up Maya, our video cam ran out of batteries immediately. Thankfully it stayed alive during our entire visit today.

Anyhow- tech issues aside, we have our baby!!!! :))))))) She is amazing! Adorable and tiny and beautiful!

We picked her up today ~2 pm, and have since been hanging in our hotel room. She has eaten - some formula, some rice/yogurt mix, some cheerios, some Gerber puffs. Pretty healthy appetite so far, which I find surprising. I hope this keeps up and the trauma doesn't kick in and take it away.

So far, she is only allowing Ajay to hold her. She threw a HUGE fit going to him and going to me at the orphanage. This was no shock - she is an older baby and very attached to her Ayahs. Eventually she settled in with Ajay, and I haven't tried to remove her. I did take and feed her a bit.. but then gave her back. She's comfy enough now to smile and coo at me.. but I'm not trying to pick her up yet. She's happy snuggling into Daddy's tummy. :))

She is starting to warm up to Maya also. Maya was very in-her-face.. and still is, tho we try to keep her back a little. She wants soo badly to hold and play with the baby. She doesn't fully understand (of course). Devika is beginning to interact a little with her now, so I'm sure they will transition quickly.

Maya was horrid at ISRC. I had hoped for the best, but she really was flipped out. She wanted to climb into the cribs, and when she wasn't allowed to, she threw fits the entire time. She got very upset when I held Devika and wanted to be held from that point forward. We're still working with that issue (feeding, diapers, etc).. but slowly things are improving. Well.. I'll tell myself they are imporovingI'm sure it will take a lot of time to move past this.. but it's normal.

Ok gotta run. I want to go stare at this little angel some more! Still cannot believe she is finally with us!!
More at a later time. We have to do the visa thing tomorrow, so no idea when I'll have a chance to write more. Hopefully not too long.


Todd and Michele said...

Wow Amy - what a beautiful family! Thank you so much for sharing the details.


ColleenC said...

Aww, love the family shot! I am so enjoying following your journey to that cute little girl!

Amy said...

Congrats! I loved seeing the pic of all of you together! Can't wait to hear more.

Amy T

(Waiting on NOC for Neon)

Julie & Patrick said...

At Last!!! Oh, you all look so good together. A family of 4! WOOHOO!!

Sounds like the transition is going well. Would love to hear more details when you have the time to share.

There is something so wonderful about recognizing that office and marble walls.

Julie R

The Pfeiffer Family said...

How wonderful to see you all together!! What a great picture. Your daughters are beautiful!! Looking forward to hearing more stories.

April #7 waiting for Alesha

Nadra said...'re all together now. That is such an answer to prayer.

She's a doll. Love her hair. Love the pic of the 4 of you.

The transition sounds like it's going as well as could be expected. Maya will have her ups and downs with the new baby...but all to be expected.

Praying for your mom. :)

tine hofmann tm photography said...

i have tears in my eyes! hate being cheesy, but this just rocks:). very excited for you!

Peter and Nancy said...

Hooray -- she's arrived in your family at last! Anya Rashi was not very happy to see us either. :o) Welcome to the world of sibling rivalry -- don't worry, Maya will adjust faster than it seems possible right now. You all look wonderful together!
-- Nancy

Åsa said...

Soo beautiful your family are.Happy that it have going werry well.Hope the trip home going well too.
Hug /Åsa Sweden

The Labontes said...

What a gorgeous family of four! Love Devika's hair, and that Maya wants to be so close to her. Enjoy!

Kristi said...

Congrats to you! Devika looks just beautiful. I love the look she is giving Maya in that first picture. :) Hope the transition continues to go well for you all. Happy Forever Family Day!!!

Kristi W.

Amanda said...

Congratulations. She is gorgeous finally in her daddy's arms.

Sr. Marie Morgan, OSF said...

She's GORGEOUS! :) :) :)
Welcome Devika! :) My Woo #2!!!!

Grandma says: This is so great! Congratulations! Can't wait to see her! :) :) :)

Smooches to all!

Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Yeah! You finally have your little angel!! Can't wait to see more pics!!

Sara said...

Beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing all this with us!

-Sara #13

Lange Family said...

Cheers to you!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!! I am so elated for all of you! What a looker she is. Can barely wait to meet her and share some champagne with you...we be ready to celebrate!!!!!!!!

Sheri said...

I am so happy for all of you!!
Congratulations to mthe family of 4!

Pam said...

She's beautiful Amy. Can't wait to see the "real" pictures. ;o)

erin said...

Congratulations. What a wonderful day for all of you. Glad everything is going well. You have a beautiful family. We have loved following your journey.
Be well,
Erin Sakryd and family

A and Z said...

Wow! Fantastic. We are so close and we are glad it went well for you today! Congrats!

Drew and Becca Damiano said...

We are so happy for you guys! Wow...what an amazing journey. She is beautiful! And little Maya looks so big! You are a gorgeous family--she fits perfectly! Hang in there and be strong. Thank you for sharing your journey...prayer for all of you AND your mom!

Becca and family :-)