Doug, Karen, and Eli arrived home Thursday evening after a 2 hour delay in Washington DC.
|This is how Hannah entertained herself while waiting on Papa to arrive--drive Mila's wheelchair!|
Friday morning was Eli's first trip to Grandma's house. He willingly went, seeing her as another "Mama" and had no problems. The girls had Botox injections Friday morning. We stopped at the pet store on the way home to play with puppies, then picked up pizza to eat with Grandma and Grandpa.
Sunday we celebrate my Aunt Judy's birthday, so the entire family was at Mom's house. Our little man was happy and easy going. Then the three kiddos got dressed up and we went trick-or-treating in Ashville.
|Brutus and a black kitty cat|
Bath time takes longer now. I now have two kiddos who get out of the tub willingly when the water is all gone! Thankfully Hannah will bathe and willingly give someone else a turn!
Monday, the girls returned to school and I took the day off to stay home with Elijah. We had some good Mama bonding time while we vacuumed the floor and straightened up the living room. We went to Grandma and Grandpa Layne's house for the afternoon. Even on a 45 minute car ride, Eli was pleasant and happy.
Friday, Elijah had his first doctor appointment. I took him to the International Adoption Clinic at Columbus Children's hospital. It is a nice place to go to get baseline information and be referred to all the specialists your kiddo will need to see. He got a TB skin test and a Flu shot. My poor boy knows what needle is before it pokes him--he started crying before it touched his skin. We came home with vials to collect stool samples--(my favorite part YUCK!) to check for any parasites.
|Look at that belly!|
Last night, for the first time, Elijah fell asleep on my chest. He loves to be held and allows you to interact with him. When someone holds him, it is almost stimulating to him, rather than calming at this point. He will let me rock him, but he generally "talks" to me the entire time. Last night while watching TV together, he cuddled up on my chest and fell asleep.
This Weekend many churches around the world celebrate Orphan Sunday. Our pastor has asked Doug and I to share our adoption testimony. We will be sharing tonight at the Saturday night service as well as both services tomorrow.
We were able to talk to Max this morning on the phone and this afternoon via Skype. We are so thankful for Nate and Diana Medlong, who have opened their hearts and home to our son.