Monday, August 18, 2008

The Girls


I wanted to share a quick glimpse of what everyday life is like right now for me, Nathan, and the girls. I don't know if it's really any different with adoption than with having a natural child, but we definitely went through a transition period, probably close to six weeks, of truly becoming adjusted to life as a family of four. We knew that Marianna was going to go through something when we brought Adrienne home - we just didn't know what that something would be. As it turns out, there wasn't any one thing in particular, but rather a whole series of behaviors that showed us that her little world was rocked by the addition of someone else to split her time with us. But a little time does wonders, and before long, Adrienne settled, Marianna settled, so Nathan and I were able to settle into the wonderful, busy, never dull life we are enjoying to the fullest.

Adrienne is doing better than great. She is the sweetest, most content baby I could ask for, and to top it off, she seems perfectly suited to life as the second child. I guess I'll just chalk it up to a crazy blessing from God, but she just seems to have an internal clock that knows when it's bedtime! Her most pleasant hours of the day are the two before bedtime, after which she slowly drifts off to sleep on her own. I am not lying when I say I have never once had to work to get her to go to sleep at night. I know, it just seems wrong, but I'm running with it without asking any questions! She is content being held, content on the floor, content in the swing, and pretty much anywhere else except for her car seat, and she is definitely not content there. She is smiling, and we are hoping for a giggle in the next week or two. At her last doctor's appointment the report was all good. She is small, weighing in at the 4th percentile, but the doctor said that didn't really matter since she was healthy and growing. Right now she is 3 months, happy, healthy, and doing as well as I could have dreamed.

Marianna is a great big sister, and her love to do things with and to Adrienne has not diminished a bit, so I keep busy trying to come up with things they can do "together." Marianna likes to go outside in the late afternoon so that Adrienne can watch her riding her bike, strolling her baby, working in her garden, or blowing bubbles. She likes Adrienne to go to gymnastics and watch her class. She loves to lie on Adrienne's play mat in the morning and watch Super Readers together. She picks out Adrienne's clothes, helps with diaper changes, and assists me at bath time. It has taken a little creativity, but we have found that Marianna can do more than you think with her 3 month sister.

Life is busy, but it is wonderfully busy. I wouldn't trade any of it for a moment, and you're prayers for us as we have travelled this road have meant everything to us. God has been so, so good!

13 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for the update. You look SO HAPPY!

asplashofsunshine said...

Hello! I am the California girl (ok, Mommy) that sends random comments about poppies. I am sure my comments blend into the hundreds of well wishes. I wanted to tell you that yesterday our family went to the California State Fair, which had many many many beautiful poppies in bloom. I thought of your adorable Poppy each time I saw a patch of such beauty.

It is wonderful to read your update. The girls are absolutely gorgeous, and look like a bunch of fun too!

Jaclyn said...

I love this post! thank you for the wonderful update. It is so, so great to see how the Lord has blessed your sweet family!

Laurie said...

Thank You So Much Angie,

I have been selfishly waiting for this post. Absolutely nothing wrong with being blessed with an easy going third baby girl!! Run with it for sure, God is shining on your family. The work that goes into adjusting for Marianna is so worth it. The bond will be incredible between them. I am so happy for you and the smiles on your faces are just the greatest!! God IS so good.:)

Love you guys, Laurie in Ca.

Just Me said...

Thanks for the update, and especially for sharing PICTURES! I am happy to read that things are going well with all of you. :o)

Continued prayers to you and your family.
Take care,
Amanda

Hilary said...

Life is good!! I am so happy that everything fell into place and God had blessed your family so!! Have a great week :)

Cathy said...

You are such a beautiful family of five. God Bless you and thanking God for adding Adrianne to your lives. Cathy & Annabel

Melody said...

What a beautiful family! Your smiles tell it all. =)

leslianne said...

we sure love and miss you guys. adrienne is so beautiful. looks just like a luce. i can't wait to hold her.

So Blessed said...

What a beautiful, precious family!

and 2 became 5 said...

I have just loved following your story & admire you for allowing us to all be a part of it. You have spoken such strength & reminded me of much truth. Thank you.

Devin said...

Angie,
You're family is absolutely beautiful and I am beyond blessed for having followed your journey the past year or so. Thank you for your openness and for teaching me so much about God's love.

Jennifer said...

My daughter Gracie who was my miracle baby is the exact same way. God knew what we can handle in this season of our lives. Both girls are so beautiful. God bless you and your family.