Thursday, March 4, 2010

I think we've turned a corner!

After waking up at 4 a.m. every night since we got home, both Everett and Natalie slept until 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. respectively this morning. I have pink eye but am treating it now with eye drops and Pat seems to be over his two day bout with diarrhea/vomiting. Hallelujah! I hope we've turned a corner.

This has been one of the most intense and exhausting experiences of my life. The only comparison I can think of is bringing home a newborn after flying to Africa and back for a 12 day labor and delivery. I wasn't prepared for the intensity of the emotions or the physical demands.

Natalie, on the other hand, is doing great. She loves her new house and just eats up the one-on-one attention. She's a happy, smiley, energetic, curious, lovable little girl. It was not so just two weeks ago.....

Our first meeting:
We call this look, the "stink eye:"

Finally, after some juice and napping in my arms, we got this:


  1. Oh boy, something to look forward to ;-)

    I'm so glad they're finally sleeping for you...I'm sure you are just EXHAUSTED and need major catch-up on zzzzz's.

    Love the pics...thanks for sharing!

  2. I've been checking the blog hoping for an update so I'm glad to see that things are going better. Looking forward to seeing more happy pictures of the family!

  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing an update and pictures. We leave nex week! Congrats on your little girl! -Lindsie

  4. woohoo! she is such a sweetie. I just showed Sam her picture and he got super excited and kept pointing to the screen saying "Yababa". I think that means "Enatalem" in Samuel talk!

  5. I am about to cry from seeing these. They are great! Glad you all got to sleep longer too!!

  6. She is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your update and the pictures. Glad you're getting more sleep!

  7. Such a cutie!!

    It seems everyone comes home to regular 4am wake ups. I think it is the time difference somehow. Their bio-clocks.