|This is one of the pictures that was given|
to us from the CP hospital.
On Friday, I came down with some sickness. Sickness + Terrible Jet lag + Minimal Sleep = ???? I can't really remember, but everyone is still alive. In China, we bought Little Kian a pair of squeaky shoes. I recall lying on the couch Friday with my eyes closed, listening for the squeaks. Airlie stuck close. I trust Cav. Little? You just never know about him. I think I will buy squeaky shoes for Little from this day forward. I remember on Friday hearing Chris crawl off the couch and tell Little to stop playing in the toilet. The squeaks and the toilet are all I remember.
On Saturday, I was still terribly jet lagged, sick, sleep deprived, and questioning whether I could parent three kids. We played outside for a few minutes. Airlie was scared of the cat so there were some troubling moments for her while outside. I don't think she had ever had wide open space to just run. I am not convinced that she has ever even walked on grass. She was so scared to take a step. I am thankful for our 11-year-old neighbor, Tori, who helped and continues to help me with outside play time. I tried to get her to move in with me, but her parents objected....ha ha
Sunday was a bit better. I went to the doctor and received medicine. I told the doctor that I needed a quick fix. He appeared sympathetic, thank goodness. All in all, we had a great play time outside on Sunday. Airlie is still scared of the cat, but we learned that she is even MORE scared of the neighbor's dog. She screams in sheer fear when the dog comes close. Poor baby. However, she started walking on the grass on her tip toes. I saw improvement in just one day's time. I can't wait until she can run carefree with the boys.
Today I am taking the crew to the pediatrician. Cavan is my helper. Little needs a check up. He was borderline for a pneumonia diagnosis last week. Airlie has a few issues that I am concerned about. Her stomach is still really unsettled. She also has extremely dry skin and itches constantly. I can't seem to find anything that will give her relief. I am sure our sweet pediatrician will be able to help her.
Thanks to all of our precious friends for all of the prayers. Please continue, specifically in these areas:
1. The last week that my mom had the kiddos, my daddy got very very sick and landed in the hospital. My sister took off work to stay with my daddy, and mom had my babies who were sick as well. My daddy is recovering slowly. Please keep him in your prayers.
2. Please pray for the transitions that are occurring in our family. It's been hard. Words can't really even describe how difficult it has been. I know the jet lag and sleep deprivation haven't helped...but it has still been hard. My precious Cavan looked at his Sissy a couple of days ago and said, "Sissy...don't cry anymore. You have a home now." It's going to all be okay...
3. Please pray for Airlie to bond with Chris. From visiting her orphanage and the CP Hospital, I think her male contact has been minimal. The directors tend to be male and the nannies are female. When the kids are moved, they are taken by the males. I think she associates males with loss. It's been difficult to be the ONLY one she is comfortable with. We have had to make the decision to leave her alone with Chris every few days for a few minutes, because we have to get her to realize that he is safe and that I am always going to return.
Thanks everyone for caring. I still have so many thoughts to share with you. I will write more blog posts in the coming days. We love you all....