Wow, we have been home for 5 days. I think we're finally over our jetlag! I'm shocked because it usually takes me SO long but miraculously we are feeling pretty good and getting decent amount of sleep.
Ruby She is doing fabulously. We just cannot get over what a happy baby she is - and SO snuggly. We are seeing more and more of her personality coming out. She likes to be tickled and her giggle is really sweet and funny. She squeals when she is happy. She gives kisses and zerberts. She has signed "more". She points at photos (of us, kaneu, seals, boats, whatever) and says the same thing ... "ma!". When she sees photos of herself she gets the biggest smile on her face. Her favorite thing to do is pull all the books off the bookshelf.
Schedule We think she's beginning to get on one!! She has been taking a morning nap around 9 or 10 and then again in the afternoon . Last night she slept from 6:30pm to 4:30am. We were so happy!! She slept right through her night feeding. She sleeping really well, I think partly because she is getting over the jetlag but also because she is eating more. Brian made a batch of the rice porridge that Mrs Kim was preparing for her and she loves it. I am going to make another batch and try adding some more veggies. She also likes rice cereal with applesauce, yogurt, bread, cheese, bananas and avocado.
Sleep She is sleeping in our bed with us. It's going well so far but we are trying to decide what to do long term. In Korea she slept on the floor with her foster mother. We had originally planned on she and Kaneu sharing a room. Our plan involved us initially sleeping on the floor with her in their room and gradually moving her into her crib while we still sleep on the floor next to her. This is what we did with Kaneu and it was a pretty easy transition and did not take long until he was sleeping on his own. We are worried about disrupting Kaneu's sleep and he is SUCH a great sleeper and I really don't want to ruin that. We are now considering moving her crib into our room and eventually transitioning her to the crib when she's ready. Plan B involves her staying in our room until we move back to London. The only thing I worry about with this plan is how the transition will go once we move because then she'll have her own room. Our room in London is very small and there is no space for her crib. Ugh. Any thoughts, suggestions? Am I over thinking this - is this a no brainer?? I put her in the crib yesterday for a few minutes while I was putting her laundry away. She seemed fine playing in there. I think we'll probably do this more to try to slowly introduce the concept to her.
Dislikes She does not like to be dressed. She gets really squirmy especially when putting her shirts on. She gets frustrated - especially if the shirt is snug, which some of hers have been because she's a big girl! She has large hands - about the same size as Kaneu's - and so they get stuck at the end of the shirt. Poor thing gets fired up when we can't get her little thumb to fit through. Diaper changes aren't on her list of faves either. Sometimes (like when she's asleep) she's really good, but then other times she is twisting onto her stomach and crawling away with half of a dirty diaper trailing behind her. She is really strong and so I have a hard time using my one free arm to keep her down. Sometimes changing a really dirty diaper becomes a 2-man job, if ya know what I mean.
Getting Out We took her to the mall today and got her feet measured for new shoes. She is a 5.5 wide!! The shopgirl strongly suggested we get her the little white baby walking shoes/boots. They are not nearly as cute as some of the shoes I was hoping to get her, but she is a new walker and needs the ankle support. The shoes are very orthopedic looking and Brian was horrified that I agreed to buy them. What are ya gonna do, right? Oh well, she still looks ridiculously cute in them. We were also in Pottery B*rn Kids and she and Kaneu had so much fun playing. They really have some cute stuff and I eyed a little Lucy dolly that I'd like to get for her, maybe for Christmas. Kaneu loves the kitchen play area and said to me as we were leaving "momma, I really love the kitchen". Seeing as our current home is very small and we are heading back to London in June, there is no chance of getting him any toys that take up that much space. Instead, I think we're going to be spending a LOT of time at the mall.
* meeting mamaw & papa
* playing with godbrothers
* shoe shopping
I have a ton of photos from the past few days but I haven't gotten to uploading them just yet. I took these on Monday during what I thought was going to be naptime ... but Rub thought otherwise. It turned out she just wanted to play and explore.
I cannot believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving! For so long I've been solely focused on one thing - traveling to Korea. We are finally home and our family is complete and I am reminded that I have so much to be thankful for. And I am.
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksiving!