Praying for Ansley

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

For Your Eyes Only

Today was bonding day #3. We stayed our full two hours and it was great! She was happy to see us when we got there and she was getting dressed in her 'pretty clothes'. I think they do that when parents are coming to visit. Otherwise, boys and girls wear outfits interchangably regardless of color. So, I saw a boy in a pink outfit today - it's rather funny.
Anyway! We had a great time visiting with her. We played for about 45 minutes and then we went back to her room and I got to feed her lunch. It was soup and for her they put her bread in the soup because they said she doesn't really like to eat bread. (Dad - you'll have to work on this with her...) Then there was some meat mush, it smelled like chicken... and potatoes. She ate about 1/2 of what was on her plate of that. Then there was another 1/2 piece of bread and a cup of tea! Yes, that's right, tea. They give the kids tea. Amazing! And I don't mean a sippy cup, I mean a good old fashioned tea cup. And you should hear this girl slurp it up!! I kept Matthew on a bottle until he was two! LOL. Then, back to the play room! Since she didn't want to eat her bread, she grabbed on to it for dear life, and carried it around for a while... While she played, while she crawled on the floor. Every now and then she'd take a small bite. After a while, it was disintegrating, and when she put it down to pick up a toy, we took it away. She never really missed it.

She liked playing with the stacking cups and although she can't stack them, she could put the smaller ones in the larger ones and quite enjoyed that. She also liked going to my bag and routing through it as any good child likes to do in their mother's stuff.

I was told today she doesn't much like milk... Uh - oh - we'll definitely have to work on THAT! Matthew and I are great milk drinkers (and I do mean American milk...)

She laughed and laughed today. It was just so awesome! She does this really neat thing where she'll lean her forhead in to my head so I can kiss her. She'll do it again and again. So cute.

She loves to play with mom!! Mom really can get her laughing too - she's so much fun.

I'm getting closer to a name, but nothing set yet. Last change to EMAIL me your thoughts/vote. (Of course, you know I may not listen... but speak now (again) or forever hold your peace.)

Here is the sneak peek today of her -


Nancy P. said...

Hi Kristen! What a cutie she is from what we have seen so far. I don't know about the name. I was wondering if you couldn't use part of her current name or some form of it? Just a thought. It sounds like you guys are doing great. Have a good visit today!

Jeremy & Debbie Groh said...

She is absolutely beautiful. We can't wait to see more. We adopted our little guy a year and three months ago from Karaganda. It has been a blast. Enjoy your time on the other side of the world and we pray that everything goes smoothly and quickly.
Deb, J, & Sean

Sandi said...

Hi Kristen
I am so glad you are there safe and sound and have met your daughter. Her eyes are so beautiful, I can't wait until the big reveal. Glad you are close to a name, I know it must be difficult. Thanks for the updates, you know those of us waiting will stalk you daily.


Kim said...

Gorgeous eyes! I can tell just from them that she is a beauty.

About the milk... try mixing some plain yogurt in with it for awhile and then slowly start putting in less. That is how we had to get our son to drink milk. What they feed them in the baby house is really more of a liquid yogurt so that is the taste they are used to.

You could name her Valentina, which is a Russian name, since you met her so close to Valentine's day.

Jennifer M said...

What beautiful eyes! Your visits sound like so much fun. I bet those giggles are music to your ears. I remember I had tears in my eyes the first time I heard Gigi giggle.

Judy said...

Oh...she's got her Aunt Judy's brown eyes! There's nothing like a child's laughter. I know you're loving it.

Only you know her name, but I'm thinking Precious Poppet!

Katharine said...

I am so happy for you. I haven't checked your blog since this weekend and was so excited to read that you are now a mother of 2! She is precious - can't wait to see more :)

Theresa said...


I'm so happy to see you made it to Kaz safe and sound. I am so excited for you that you met your daughter. Love those brown eyes! I'm praying for you!

Kim said...

Hi Kristen! She is so cute and our baby has those eyes as well! Congratulations and blessings as you enjoy these days. I'm jealous because we've only bee given 1 hour a day so far- just completed day 2. Our daughter is 13 months but the size of 8-9 month old. She was the only one shown to us and we fell in love with her. It is so emotional but great! Thanks for keeping in touch!

Angela said...

BEAUTIFUL! I am so glad everything is going well. I hope you decide on a name soon. That is so hard!

Kristy said...

She's such a sweet doll baby. The name will come to you and you will know it is right when you decide. I'm enjoying your blog so much! I almost feel like I'm right there with you girls! Enjoy!