Monday, June 18, 2007

Daddy's girl

Hello all! It's a little after 6:00 a.m. here in Nanchang, and things have not exactly gone as planned........... for me. LOL
Let me start my saying that, for those of you that know our older daughter, Abby, will remember what she was like as a baby. Stubborn, grumpy, funny, hungry, and with a peculiar habit of refusing to go to sleep unless you put her down RIGHT WHEN SHE WAS TIRED. If you missed your 'window of opportunity' so to speak, then you were screwed. No nap for you.

Well, guess what?!? Evie is exactly like that!!! She even chews her sleeve when she gets nervous like Abby did. Only this time, the baby wants DADDY. Oh yeah, you heard it folks, DADDY. Mommy sucks, Daddy rocks. And now for the evil part :::giggle::: Guess who slept through the night??? NOT DADDY!! Oh revenge is soooooo sweet. But, bittersweet actually, cuz I'm more than a tad put out that she doesn't like me, although both David and I have new appreciations of the others' role when Abby was born, because now it's reversed. Abby liked Mommy best, and didn't want anything to do with Daddy, which I thought sucked because I was the only one on call, 24/7. I remember thinking that Daddy was being childish and silly when it hurt his feelings that the baby didn't like him, and that he didn't understand how hard it was to do it on my own.
Well, what ho, I've seen the light!! It's hard on both sides of the fence. (Although secretly I think Daddy is loving this. Um, okay not that secretly..... he's reveling in it..... except when he wanted to take a shower this morning. LOL. Not so much, said Baby Red Foot!)

Okay, now that my pity party is done.......... lemme tell you what these poor kids went through yesterday.
They drove 2 hours to the Civil Service building, in a city they've never been to, without the foster mothers and nannys that they know. They are brought upstairs and handed to a bunch of white folk that smell, look, and sound completely different from anything they've ever known. Then they are sat in front of a camera for family pictures. While bawling, LOL! Then we all drive 1/2 hour back to the hotel with babies, some quiet, some fussy, and have 1 1/2 hours at the hotel to spend some time and then meet in a conference room to do paperwork. 1 hour after that, it's back to Civil Service for more paperwork, then to the notary, then to the passport office (In a van,with exhausted babies) to finish up all the procedureal stuff. Then home, eat dinner, get exhausted baby down for a nap, and pray that you catch your breath for a minute. Then up and hit the pool with the family (except baby didn't go in) at 10:00 at night, then to sleep at 11:00. Evie woke up at 4:30, ate and played and went down for a nap at 6:00. Now it's 7:00 a.m., she's up, and we're all going for breakfast.

There's a lot of baby info, she's TINY. 6-9 month clothes are just fitting. She was very sick two months ago and had to go into the hospital with bronchitis and on IV antibiotics. She's better now, but she lost a lot of weight and is very hungry.

6 comments:

Dingo Deb said...

awwww.... I'm so glad to hear she's FINALLY in your grasp..errr..let me clarify,in DADDY'S grasp hehheeh I was wondering how the handoff worked...those poor kids must be terrified! but I know she'll settle in quickly and she'll figure out quickly who's who. :)
thanks for posting an update!
Love ya all
Deb

Sarah said...

Glad to hear that Evie is much like Abby. You both should have everything down pat!! I can't believe that she chews her arm. That is just too funny. If you think about it I bet Evie just doesn't go for blondes. I am sure that she hasn't seen a whole lot of them over there. Well hopefully Evie will go for the older and bigger guy. I think Peyton is probably 3 timers her size. I can't wait for you all to come back so we can welcome Evie!! Keep the updates coming. I am reading everyday. You are a permanent figure on my page so check out mine. WWW.theharrigans.squarespace.com

Pictures!!! We need pictures.

Sarah said...

Revenge is sweet. She sounds wonderful. Just think if she is so much like Abby you both are pros by this time. Think about dying your hair. She isn't used to seeing blondes!! We can't wait to meet little Evie. Peyton is anxiously waiting her arrival.

The King said...

Cool beans. Will spread the word.

Sarah said...

Okay - I tried adding a note last night but it wouldn't add it for me. By the sounds of Evie, her and Peyton will get along quite nicely. They won't argue over toys just food!! I am so glad that things are going well and Evie is adjusting. When I read you Daddy's girl note I thought to myself that she may not be used to Blondes. Well we are all reading everyday how things are going. Can't wait to meet Evie!!

Sarah said...

Okay - I tried adding a note last night but it wouldn't add it for me. By the sounds of Evie, her and Peyton will get along quite nicely. They won't argue over toys just food!! I am so glad that things are going well and Evie is adjusting. When I read you Daddy's girl note I thought to myself that she may not be used to Blondes. Well we are all reading everyday how things are going. Can't wait to meet Evie!!