Today was not a very exciting day. We had Molly Kate’s doctor appointment this morning. It only took about 5 minutes once we got in to see the doctor. A nurse checked her height and weight. She weighed 9.5 kg. which is almost 21 pounds. And that was completely dressed with shoes on! Then she saw an ear, nose, and throat doctor to check for any infection. Last she saw a general doctor that checked everything else. No issues at all so we left quickly after the appointment.
While there we met a family from Murfreesboro. It was nice to talk about Tennessee! We miss home! We have met SO many nice people while over here and for that we are so thankful. There are lots of families adopting cleft lip and palate babies and also several that have adopted cleft lip and palate in the past (and are back for their second adoption). It is nice to hear words of wisdom from people who have experience with it. And nice to talk to people who are experiencing the same thing we are for the first time. 🙂
After the doctor’s appointment, we ordered a pizza and got Molly Kate down for her nap. She went down easily. She did not have a very peaceful sleep last night so I think she was really tired. She fell asleep immediately and slept for over 2 hours. While she slept, Zach and I watched a movie on HBO. We only get three English-speaking channels in the room – Cinemax, HBO and ESPN. We don’t watch too much television but it is nice to have a few options.
After Molly Kate woke up, we went to another park. It was very pretty. People in the park were very curious about our family. They would stare at Molly Kate and then look at Zach and I. They weren’t really rude but definitely interested. We did have a few people take pictures of us (I’m assuming because we are Americans). After about 20 minutes of walking around, I had someone come up and ask if they could have their picture taken with me. Crazy. Of course I said yes. I guess there are some people that think all blonde headed Americans are famous. 🙂
We bought Molly Kate some bubbles for the park. Poor thing was pretty scared of them. She didn’t cry but would pull back if they got too close to her. She is still really having a hard time showing any emotion. She has smiled a handful of times and actually cried once today (when she thought I was taking her food away….I wasn’t). Please pray for her to feel peace and love. I know this takes time and I am more than willing to wait as long as possible. But it is hard to watch your child look so sad and so scared. I want her to know love, acceptance, and trust. And unfortunately, I’m not sure she ever has. But that is why we are here and more than anything I want to give these things to her.
Here are a few pictures of our day! If you have time, I’d love to read some comments from home today! I’m feeling a little homesick!
Pretty girl at the doctor’s office building
She did not like having her ears checked.
At the park. We let her take her shoes off. She does not like wearing shoes either.
ALWAYS sucks her thumb. 🙂
Still sucking her thumb at dinner. She’ll open for a bite and after we put it in, she puts the thumb back in and chews up her food. 🙂
Zach ate off the buffet tonight. This was his first plate. He loves California rolls but I thought he was pretty brave to try the beady eyed crab. 🙂 I figure my boys will love this picture!