Twenty six and a half hours after checking out of our hotel room, we arrived home. We ended up later than expected for a variety of reasons. We sat on the tarmac in Hong Kong for an hour prior to leaving, had to wait forever for our luggage in Chicago, got delayed in customs in Chicago causing us to miss our flight to Lexington, and sat on the tarmac for another 53 minutes after boarding our second flight. Our 6:15 arrival ended up being 9:50 with an arrival time at home of midnight. But you know what? None of that mattered when we saw the group of family/friends at the airport. It was good to see everyone, to be back in the US, and especially to introduce Ella to her new sister. Thank you to everyone who came to the airport and waited it out for us! We love you all!
Our ride home was really sweet. Sophia and Ella entertained Kate and had her saying everyone’s names before we got home. Beth left us snacks and a cooler of drinks in the car, so we ate and talked and laughed. The three girls made plans to all sleep together in Sophia’s bed their first night, but after I turned the lights out, Ella had a meltdown. She had missed Mom and Dad and just wanted to sleep with us and cuddle. So, that’s exactly what she did. Lights went out at 12:30 a.m. and were back on by 4:30 a.m. because Sophia and Kate couldn’t sleep. In an attempt to stay awake and get on a regular schedule, Sophia played three soccer games on Saturday. Tim said she looked jet lagged on the field, but hey — she was awake!!!
We all went to bed about 9:30 Saturday night and managed to stay in bed until shortly before 5 a.m. Better! Kate was the first up again.
Our girls are doing great together, and Kate is adjusting very well. She still has grieving episodes a few times during the day, but those usually occur when things get quiet and she has time to think or when she’s going to sleep. The rest of the time, she’s running around here playing and laughing with Sophia and Ella.
She seems to love our house and having so much space. I’m sure she lived in a small home in China, and she’s only known our hotel rooms for the past two weeks. She ran around the house giggling when we got here Friday night. We didn’t show her the play room until Saturday morning for fear we’d never get her in bed Friday night.
She is scared of our dog, Lucy. Her foster mom sent some notes to us, one of which was to let us know that she’s scared of dogs and cats. She has watched Lucy through our back door, but won’t get close to the door. She tells us when she sees Lucy, but has no desire to get close to her. When Tim was bringing in groceries this morning, Lucy came in while the door was open. Kate went nuts — screaming, crying, and running. Lucy was not even near her. Yes, it does seem that she’s scared of dogs!
On another funny note, while Tim and Sophia were at the grocery this morning, I was doing laundry. I hadn’t seen or heard from Kate for a few minutes, so I sent Ella looking for her. About that same time, my home phone rang. It was my mom saying that Kate had just called her from my cell phone. She spoke to Nana in Chinese. Oh my! This girl is going to keep us on our toes!
Our house is crazy loud at the moment. Really, that’s how it’s been for the past 36 hours. It sounds more like we have eight kids instead of three. I guess it’s just the excitement in the air. It’s good to be home!