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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I can't believe they did that

Came downstairs after showering this morning and nearly died of shock when I opened the front door and saw THIS: What on earth were those delivery-men thinking?! Isn't it illegal to physically board someone up in their own home? I'm still shaking my head nearly 6 hours later. The boxes, by the way, contain not one but two Pottery Barn kids shelving units. After figuring out that we were going to accumulate toys and clothes at a superhuman twin-speed, I realized we needed more storage in the house. So one unit is going into the girls' room so we can actually use the whole closet for clothes instead of toys and games. And the second unit is going into what is currently our sad little unused dining room. Since we never eat in the dining room no matter how many people or how fancy we're getting, we're going to convert it to a playroom. My grand plan was to get 3 pretty carved wooden folding screens to separate the living room and playroom and hide the ungodly mess (um yeah, I'm guessing the girls will be messy times two). But I've dragged home two different kinds of screens (the one pictured is option #2) and still not liking it. It just doesn't match the pretty, inexpensive, hand-carved, walnut-brown screen (maybe with some swirls or birds) that I'm picturing in my noggin. Sigh... I'll keep trying. In other, (much) more exciting news, we got a surprise packet in the mail from our agency with a translated developmental report on the girls. Wha? Didn't even know it was coming so we weren't even on the lookout. The report had some really great details about the girls' first days, how they came to Daye, and other interesting details that we'll keep private for Ro and Ree. Some fun facts that we can share are: - The girls looked so much alike that at first the orphanage workers put name cards in their pockets to tell who was who. Eventually they found that Ro had a tiny mark her sister didn't and they could then tell them apart. Isn't that precious? I can just picture the nannies holding our babies, tickling them, and poring over every inch of their chubbalicious bodies looking for a difference. I picture the nannies chatting and smiling and then one of them crying out victorious as she finds the mark. (I know we'll never know what really happened, and I won't make up stories when I'm talking to the girls later, this image just popped into my head and made me smile.) - The girls have been living in foster care since very early on. They're together and sleeping in the same crib. Awwww. - Daye Welfare Institute keeps incredibly meticulous medical records and our packet included their wonderful notes and records. We will be forever grateful for the excellent medical care that has obviously been provided to our girls. - The babies are both reportedly smart, charming, lively, and active. They are generally always smiling. Ree seldom loses her temper and Ro likes adults playing with her. Of Ree, they say "sometimes she is very nice" (that sentence cracked me up!). They are such cute babies that everyone likes them. The babies reportedly have very similar personalities but Ree is "a little more brave and lively and Ro is a little more refined." It's funny, but that's exactly what we thought from their pictures and that played in to which baby we named Ro (the name seemed lovely and serene to us) and which we named Ree (the name seemed lively and a little mischievous to us). It was great to get the information (which was all from the same timeframe as our referral packet, namely April 2006). And we can't wait to get an update this week or next with even more current information and maybe even some new pictures! Wheeeeee!