Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Remembering is harder than you'd think!

Every day here feels SO long! It's so hard to remember everything that we've done.
This morning, I didn't get off to a good start - we didn't realize that we had to have a switch turned on for hot water - so I couldn't take a shower.
I had to go to our visit looking absolutely gross and frustrated because our second converter fried.

It was 22 degrees out, and snowing pretty hard - so we took a cab this morning. From our apartment it's about $3.10 if you hale one down.

Our morning visit went very well. She wasn't so much excited to see us, but more seemed like she expected us. I suppose that's good.

She felt a little warm this morning, so I'm not sure she was feeling well.
But after about a half hour of cuddles she was pleased as punch again.
We were naughty last night - and during our evening visit we took off her pants and tights to see her little feet...

And oh my Lord - this child is SKIN AND BONE! She is so incredibly tiny on her lower half - I'd be surprised if she has any muscle on her little legs. It's no wonder why she refuses to bear weight on them.

We brought the camera this morning and got some more video.

She knows the 'more' sign, and uses it when SHE wants to.

She is just like our Evelyn - she'll do it when and how she wants it. Stubborn like her mama.

She also is starting to say her first word! 'ma' for 'more'!

And gave her daddy a big kiss on the lips today!

As if she wasn't making enough progress in just 3 days - she learned to be ticklish today!
She hated it at first, but with enough showing, she started to like it!

And even better - Jasmina wrote our report to the officials a day earlier than scheduled! yay!

After our morning visit we went back to the apartment and had lunch, and took it pretty easy until we headed back for our evening visit.

We walked that time - and my boots sure aren't water proof!

Olive was definitely happy to see us this evening - and tonight's visit was great.
She was much more relaxed with us, and instead of liking us for the fact that we make her day more enjoyable - she actually started showing some signs of preferring us, and enjoyed our affection.

Karl danced with her tonight (in a funny bouncy way) and she was giggling her head off!

She is REALLY coming a LONG way in just 3 days!

My understanding is that Jasmina is going to give her report to the ministry tomorrow morning, and then they have to write their report - and get the minister to sign it in agreement that we are the best option for Olive, and we can adopt her.

Then they have to tell the people in Roma, and arrange a court date.
Once we have court, we can take Olive from the orphanage and have about a week left of paperwork to get done to get her ready to leave Serbia and come in to the states.

Things are going well so far and we hope you'll pray with us that we will be able to get home 'early'!

Now for what you want to see:

This last one is where Karl realized that Olive still has the newborn reflex of gasping when you blow on her face... it was too funny


soontobemomof9 said...

That color is so stunning on her! Such a pretty girl. I am so glad you are enjoying your time with her!

Joanna and David said...

She's so beautiful! She gets lovelier in every video and you can tell she feels so happy around you guys! Thank you so much for sharing these videos. I am so happy for you all! What a blessing to witness.

Joanna and David said...

I just saw the other videos (Oh my GOODNESS! THe Pigtails are PRECIOUS ON HER!) and the patty-cake is so cute! Is the paci new to her cause she really seems to like it (and she looks so sweet and little with it). You guys are doing wonders with her already I bet. Awesome to see!