One week ago we took custody of our Davy. What a week it has been! We have been on 3 different airplanes, experienced 4 take off and landings. This week she has slept at the her care center in Addis, the guest house in Addis, an airplane from Addis to Washington DC, DC to Denver, the Denver Airport, and finally PDX. Our girl has been on a bus, a tram, an elevator, and escalator and a car seat. She has been to Target. She has met her grandmother. She has pet a cat and two dogs. This has been a big week for her indeed. Us too. Prior to taking custody I had never given a baby a bath, changed a diaper or fed a baby a bottle. I have no idea what rock I have been living under, but this new momma has a huge learning curve.
So how is it going? We are doing pretty well! Fortunately we were granted the most chilled out baby on the planet. She has had a few really bad moments (I was actually relieved when they happened, I was starting to get worried that maybe she was TOO chill). Mostly, she is pretty happy and easy going. The bonding and attaching thing is coming a long. I am not going to kid myself that we are there yet- this stuff takes time- but so far we all really like each other. She is happy when she sees us and lets us sooth her. If we are with a bunch of other adults- she still doesn’t quite gravitate towards us, but we know it’s just a matter of time. She will get there. So will we.
This week has been a big week for all of us. We are looking forward to being mellow and just chilling out over the next while. We are totally without any routine. We are all jetlagged and have our nights and days mixed up. Again, this will just take time, I am not worried about it. Here are some photos from Davy’s first big week with us: