I have been so full of emotions all day. I tried to gather myself together for our 2nd visit this afternoon but as you can see from the pictures, the gathering failed miserably:)
No surprise to most of you who know me that my babies were all over 10lbs at birth. Surprisingly enough little miss Butterball was 10 lbs 2 oz! More confirmation that she was mine all along! We were also told that in the 13 months that she has been in her orphanage she has never been sick and that she has always been in perfect health. We do have a long hard road of therapy and Dr appointments ahead of us. Due to the lack of stimulation, Olivia has very poor muscle tone. She can hold her head up pretty well but it is a struggle for her and she cannot sit up on her own:( She has almost no resistance in any of her limbs and she has a hard time focusing her eyes. It's clear that although she has been cared for and loved by her Nannies, she has spent the majority of her life in her crib.
About half an hour into our visit this afternoon, she realized that we were strange,
overbearing crazy people and she wanted to go back to her groupa:(She resists any sort of close contact by arching and extending her body. We're told that is very common with orphanage babies but it still tears me apart. Taking her back was so hard for me, but it was what she needed. This is a slow and sometimes painful process of adjustment and I'm in it for the long haul...
I can't wait to go back tomorrow and see our girl! Please pray that she will find comfort with us... I will leave you with my favorite countdown picture of all time.. Here is Olivia with her best friend sweet Aaron.. 0 is how many days that they will have to be without the love that each one of them so deserve..
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