Ok, confession. On the morning of our second day with Reese as I lay in bed thinking about what’s on today’s agenda, I got really exited about…. Getting her dressed in a cute (too big for her) outfit!! Lol
She woke up today only wanting mama. We have been making sure to split our time and duties, such as feeding, changing, and putting her to sleep, so that she would have equal time to attach to both of us. Caleb walked her and put her to bed last night, so it was odd that she only wanted me this morning.
She does this sweet thing where she puts her face against ours. I think it’s comforting to her, and we love it.
Don’t worry, Caleb walked down the hall with her for a bit, and she was back to normal.
She loves watching her silly sisters.
We must have worn her out, because soon after she got very sleepy.
The appointment this afternoon was to apply for Reese’s passport. It was at the police station, very quick and very easy. We got to see our official adoption certificate.
And Reese had her picture taken for her passport. I guess we will see that later. She will have a Chinese passport for the trip home because she doesn’t become an official US citizen until her feet touch ground in the USA.
This evening we ventured out with our Jacksonville friends to go to a Mexican restaurant everyone raves about, called “Tekila”.
All 14 of us (there is 9 of them, they have been nicknamed “the big family” lol) waited in “line” (Chinese people do not form lines, and it is NOT rude to cut in front of people.) for about 30-40 minutes. For a taxi.
Once we got a taxi it only took about 10 minutes to get to the restaurant. And it was worth it!!!!
We experienced a few “firsts” with Reese today. Some fun, and one not so fun.
Reese had Mexican food for the first time (rice and beans) and she loved it!! She’s definitely my daughter! She ate so much!
She also gave us our first kisses!!!! We could tell she had no idea what a kiss was 🙁 but Caleb and I would kiss and say “kiss” and then kiss her to show her what it is, and today, she leaned in and gave us one on her own. A couple of times:) soooo sweet.
She also said “mama” for the first time. She may not know exactly what it means yet, but she was saying it to me… “Mama mama…”
This last one made me kind of sad. We have read that some of the children being adopted will want try to go to any and every Chinese lady in their sight (because they look familiar) Well, Reese hasn’t done that, (thank goodness) but while waiting in line for the taxi she wanted to go to the Jacksonville families’ blonde daughter. I knew better than to pass her over as it is so important for attachment and bonding not pass her around, but it happened so fast she just leaned towards her and then, she cried when I took her back less than 10 seconds later!!! 🙁
It broke my heart, but reminded me that even though she seems to be attaching and she only wants me at times, it’s only been a couple of days. She needs more time with only her mommy and daddy so we don’t confuse her.
A few minutes later she was with Caleb and whined when a blonde woman walked by. At least she’s wanting people who look like me. Most of the rest of the night, she only wanted mommy again so my back was killing me. 17 pounds is heavy when being carried all day. Good thing she’s so cute! 🙂 That’s it for now goodnight!! Thank you for all your prayers and support and for following our journey!