We have been blessed with two special daughters and two sons from Eastern Europe. We welcome you to follow our journey as a family of five, waiting to travel and pick up #6, with the ins and outs of family, education, farm life, and love!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Home- Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to everyone! This year has a entirely different meaning to Independence Day! We feel truly blessed to live in a country that welcomes all families--those biological and adopted. We have traveled to some wonderful countries and cities within those countries, but no place beats home! We are thankful to those who fought for our freedom and for those who continue to protect our rights.

Yesterday our flights went well and we made it home safely to Columbus Ohio. When we arrived some of our family was at the airport to greet us.

Hannah was happy to have us home, but really was mostly excited to meet her sister Mila! I think she was a little disappointed that her sister wasn't smaller!

The girls slept good last night. Hannah has some adjusting to do, since she is use to being the only one in her room and if she decides to make noise/sing/talk before going to sleep, in the past she hasn't bothered anyone but herself. Now there is someone else in the room to think about. On the flip side, there is also someone new in her room that has to get use to a room and has a different internal clock! Mila was awake and ready to start her day this morning at 3:45am. Doug went in and rocked her for about 30 minute and she went back to sleep and slept until a little after 7:00am.

Today consisted of a lot of trial and error. Can I carry both of the down the stairs at the same time? (Safer to hold Hannah's hand as she bumps down on her bottom while carrying Mila.) Can Mila sit in the Bumbo? (Can, but she is tall enough she tends to slump over to the side and could end up on her head.) Will the booster chair work at meal time? (Nope! Mila doesn't have enough trunk support to sit in the seat. We have made our first trip to Walmart and bought a high chair seat that has a 5 point harness. Dinner was much better than lunch.) Can she feed herself? (She probably can with some more practice. Her fine motor skills need help and since she likes to swallow things whole, it is hard to put larger things on her tray, but the smaller items like puffs are harder to pick up.)

Mila is so easy going! Car seat, no problem! When we first brought Hannah home the car seat was very traumatic for her. Mila even broke her new car seat that Aunt Kim got us in right today by giving us a big ole' poop in it today! Thank goodness for washable inserts!

We layed in the living room tonight and watched Dora. Mila fell asleep while watching, so Doug took her upstairs and put her to bed. No tears going to bed tonight! Hannah is now in bed too, so I am going to go get ready for bed myself.


Christine said...

Welcome home!

Anonymous said...

Glad the Layne Family is home safe and sound. Hope to see ya all soon! Happy 4th! Luv Patty

And patiently waiting... said...

Welcome home!! So glad to see you made it safely! Can't wait to see a few pics of the girls together. Happy 4th!

Michelle said...

I cannot wait to see pics of the girls together and the family as a whole. I am truly SO happy for all of you and can't wait 'til we our girls can finally get a playdate.