since we came home.
So how's life in a family of 5, I hear you ask?!
Here's some things I've noticed:
*you need to get up alot earlier when you have a baby in the house!
*Thank God for Grandma... who does all our washing EVERYDAY!
*I've had to come to terms with the fact, there are some super cute clothes, that will just never fit Tiny's weeny waist. (they'll be donated to a "fuller figured" beauty in our batch... love ya Z!)
*Tiny's volume has increased ten fold, since we came home (both her chatter, and her screamy/cry!)
*Having a business, that relies on me for certain things, having 2 kids at school, running uniform shop at school, all while juggling a wiggly baby ~ has proven difficult (and I'm not even "totally" running our household yet - my Mum has been a legend and helped me so much!)
*Tiny loves food. Especially Roast (thats the whole meal - meat, roast potatoes, and veg with gravy) - all mashed up... I reckon she ate as much as I did!
*I've lost 5kgs. Partly due to my gastro bout, but mainly because I feed Tiny, change her, put her to bed... and forget that I didn't eat lunch. Most days, I get to 4pm, and wonder why I'm so hungry - it's because I haven't eaten since the 1/2 a piece of toast at 730am!!!
*Tiny is sleeping a minimum of 10 hours a night - all the way through. She's not waking up at all anymore. Ocassionally she wakes at 430am, I go in to her. Hold her for about 2 minutes. Then put her back down, she has a whinge, and goes back to sleep. We're having trouble with the naps during the day though. Its all my fault! Tiny has always had a sleep right after breakfast, around 9am. But I'm still at school at 9am. Sometimes, she's fallen asleep in the car, going home. But most times, she's just skipping that sleep. I've also discovered, she won't go to sleep in the stroller, if I'm out. Well, she will.... but under protest, and after a long time of whinging, and wiggling. I think I'll just stay home for 2 years!!!
In a summary ~ Life is Good. Tiny is such a great baby. The kids adore her, and have been so helpful. They love to play with her - and especially love to walk her around the school yard, bragging to all their friends! Its busy. There is no doubt. Its different. That's for sure. But its wonderful.
I ordered a "Photo Book" of our China Trip, online, last night. I can't wait to get it.
I've just collated all our photos... all 600+ of them!!! (that's not including video - I still need to do that!)
I think I've finally come to the point, where I can say whole-heartedly
"She is definitely WORTH THE WAIT"!
To be honest, even after we received her allocation, there was quite a bitter taste in my mouth, because of the way our allocation was handled by our Agency. I was then worried, because I was so upset/angry, that I wouldn't be up for the challenge of raising our little girl? I prepared myself for the utter worse. Screaming for weeks. Rejection. Exhaustion. Sleeplessness.
But to my complete surprise, she is more beautiful and easy going, beyond my wildest dreams. I had a dream, very early on, in our process (I think it was in 2004). It was about the day, I met our daughter. In my dream, I felt a total "belonging" and sense of "this is MY child". Once again, not something I thought would really happen. But it has. From the second, I saw Tiny. My heart was overwhelmed, with MY daughter. She doesn't look Chinese to me. She looks like my daughter. She doesn't look like she wasn't born from me. She looks like my daughter. Her personality, IS US! Its uncanny.
All I can say is, I prayed ~ and God answered every prayer. God DID create this little girl ~ just for us.