These are my facebook status updates for the past few days – for those of you who aren’t on my fb it will give you a quick recap of how things are going. I am hoping to write and post photos in more detail later, but we’ll see how life looks after we are home. Thank you so much for all your support and prayers for us.
First night together is done. Giselle and I didn’t get a lot of sleep, but at least we were together. I love knowing how her night went (even if it wasn’t easy), what she has eaten…etc. Just makes it easier to know what her needs are.She is very sad most of the time. A mourning kind of crying that just breaks our hearts. Once in awhile we get some smiles and a little bit of babble… that is precious and gives us a little glimpse of what she is capable of.
If you are praying… please pray she will feel better. She has a bad cough, hasn’t eaten much at all and only had 2 tiny wet diapers in the last 24 hours. It is sad that she isn’t feeling well on top of all her transition, but OH!! I am so thankful to be able to mother her through an illness instead of being half a world away just hoping she will be ok. And having her extra cuddly isn’t hurting either.
Today will be our last visit to the orphanage. Giselle’s last goodbye to her friends and caretakers for the last 2 years of her life. Tomorrow we head to Jacmel. I feel badly taking her away from her home so soon, but also know that it will be good for us 3 to get away and be a family of 3 for a few days before the chaos of being home.
Thank you for your comments, prayers and love for us. We love sharing this journey with you!
Thank you so much for all your comments and prayers! Today went much better. We did a few quick visits to the orphanage, which was good. We weren’t there too long… but just going back helped her know that not everything in her life has disappeared.
So wonderful to see the Nannies hug her, hold her, kiss her goodbye. I can see they are happy for her, but sad to see her go. ♥ What a blessing!
Tonight one nannie finally managed to get Giselle to eat as she simply wouldn’t eat for me. What a difference that made in her attitude! She laughed, talked, cuddled, smiled and played all evening… it was magical. She even let me feed her some more food later in the evening.
She is sleeping soundly now… her cough is still there, but getting better… hoping for a good night’s rest as we both really need it!
Tomorrow, we say our final goodbye’s to the orphanage friends and nannies and leave for Jacmel. It will be bittersweet, but I feel better about going today than I did yesterday. It will be very hard for her, but I know she will be ok. Thankfully she wants me to hold her, cuddle her, feed her… it’s wonderful for bonding and attachment. Exactly what the Dr. ordered ;)