Wow, it has been too long since our last post, so I thought I’d give you a quick update. It has been almost three weeks since we arrived home with our precious Abby. We have tried to keep her home as much as possible to start creating that bond with her. We do venture out with the Baby Bjorn on and take a stroll around the block. She loves being outside.
*Feedings – She takes a six-ounce bottle every three hours. The kids call her the “milkaholic.” That is what was written on the bib she was wearing when we saw her at Hannah’s Hope (despite being marked as lactose intolerant on the paperwork). They also laugh at the way she does her “milk dance” when she sees her bottle. She flails her arms and legs and starts smacking her lips. It is so cute.
*Routine – She wakes, eats, plays around then sleeps for about 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat.
*Nighttime – She gets up one or two times a night for a quick snack and then falls right back to sleep. I know it would be so great if she slept through the night, but I don’t mind getting an extra chance to snuggle her sweetness.
*Personality – You might be wondering if a five-month-old really has a personality. Well she does, and it is so fun. She is happy and full of smiles. Her siblings can get her to laugh by talking to her or being silly for her. She is quite ticklish. She is now starting to really like to grab onto her toys. We are just so in awe of her sweet, fun personality.
*Teething – Yes, this is happening. Not fun. Working on the bottom front teeth. I can’t wait to see that smile.
*Weight – She has more chins now that we are home. Seriously, she is getting some good rolls! And those cheeks, oh my!
I find that she has made me a better mom. I am cherishing all my kids in a new way. Hannah, Elliot and Logan are just amazing with Abby. They love to talk to her and get her to smile. They have grown up so much. They are so in love with their sister.
It is really amazing how God knits our families together. Our journey had some bumps in it that were hard to work through at times but God has truly blessed us and I know why he called us to this place. My heart is so full of joy and I give all praise to God.