We have spent the past 72 hours getting to know our girl. She is beautiful, smart, and so organized! I know that the organization thing is a strange thing to say about a three year old, but we knew it within minutes of her time in our hotel room. Then, on Tuesday when we saw the nannies again, they told David to tell us that she is organized. We had him tell them that we already had that figured out! Everything has its place. She loves to line things up and place things in her backpack. It’s very cute!
The smiles so far have been limited, but most of them come when she’s interacting with David and Bella June. I think she just misses having someone to talk to. David reminded us at lunch today that within a month, we will be communicating. Most of the rest of her smiles come when Sophia is playing or singing with her. We are so thankful that she is on this trip with us. She has been a huge help! The two other times she has smiled or laughed are when she was on the rides at the park and when Tim puts her on top of his shoulders. She thinks she’s big stuff up there!
She has a bit of attitude which is also funny. She is very good at ignoring us when we say her name – really just pretends she doesn’t hear when I know she does. And we have loved some of the things David has told us she has said. Today, while at another park, we bought popsicles. She sat down beside Bella June and said, “My popsicle is bigger than yours.” Then when Bella June’s popsicle started melting exposing the green beans in the middle (yes, green beans!), she looked at her and said, “Nasty!” I’m so glad we have David there to translate because it’s hilarious!
She is very independent also. As we left the hotel for the park yesterday, she headed out the front door without an adult. David called to her to stop, and she said to him, “I want to ride in a car!” She also fought with Bella June over crayons on Tuesday which was funny to watch. She likes to do things for herself. She has the full socks/braces/shoes routine down well. When she gets bored with the hotel room, she gets her shoes on as a signal to us that she’s ready to go somewhere. Last night, she was already in her pajamas, but put her shoes and a headband on and went to the door. Tim took her for a walk around the hotel, which seemed to satisfy her.
Her clubfoot really looks great. It’s evident that she received excellent medical care through An Orphan’s Wish/House of Love. We do, however, have some concerns about her left leg. I just finished a Skype session with the director of AOW, Kirsten. She was so helpful and offered us a lot of guidance in how to proceed once back home. Whatever is going on is effecting her walking/balance. I’m anxious to meet with an orthopedic doctor so that we can get her on the right track.
We are a week from heading home! Can’t wait for you all to meet our sweet girl!