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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ro and Ree, Day 1, 2 and 3!

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First, sorry for the lack of blogging - it's not indicative of a lack of bloggy love or anything, just that blogging is coming in a distant fourth to sleeping, eating, and showering. And frankly those first three things aren't getting done either. Holy moly. If we hadn't brought the entire team of awesome grandparents with us I don't think we'd have made it this far. They are saving our butts and keeping smiles on our faces. We actually dressed the girls in real clothes today and ventured downstairs to eat for breakfast and lunch. They completely destroyed our little corner of the restaurant each time - for which we profusely apologized over and over - but they sure did enjoy themselves and all the attention they got. They're napping right now because boy it's exhausting being adored. Everyone who sees them says "they're lovely, just lovely," and, quite simply, they are.

The first night was so rough I'm afraid to even talk about it because I don't want to scare away any potential adoptive parents. Suffice it to say I got 1 hour of sleep, and the twin screaming and wailing (which went on for something like 9 or 10 hours) was so loud I'm amazed the hotel windows didn't shatter. The girls were so, so sad. It was heartbreaking.

Yesterday (day 2 with the girls) started off kind of tough because we had to be up at the crack of dawn to get back on the bus and head to the office for our adoptive interview and paper signing. It took 7 adults (the 2 of us, the 4 grandparents, and our incredible guide Joanna) to get us and the girls dressed, medicated (they've got upper respiratory infections), fed, and out the door and on that bus. And we were still about a half hour late. Looking back now, it's pretty comical.

Today (day 3 with the girls), is feeling so much better! I think we're finally hitting our stride - still having a little trouble with the eating and showering but hey who needs that stuff anyhow? And Ro and Ree are starting to smile and laugh and show their little personalities. Ree is the brave charmer, smiling her shy little smile at a few chosen folks and clapping her little hands if someone makes her laugh. She likes to eat all by herself, thank you very much, and both girls think that eggs, baked beans, and noodles (not necessarily together) are just tops. Ro is a little shyer and sadder, but has been smiling and laughing today (when it pleases her). She loves to cuddle with mama and daddy in her snuggli carrier and can't understand why anyone would ever want to put her down. Why indeed?

Ro clearly takes after her daddy a little, because she latched onto a french fry today and gummed down the whole thing. Mmmmm. Both girls love sucking down water from a bottle and think yogurt is totally tasty. Oh, and Ro will do a little happy dance if you give her banana. If I can catch it on video I will, you've never seen anything cuter. Except maybe their smiles. I swear I would do anything in the world for one of those smiles. More later.

Much love, M3, TubaDad, Ree, Ro, and the incredible traveling grandparents.