Another wonderful day with Millie. Our 2 hour visits seem to get shorter and shorter. She's so cuddly, which is foreign to me since Ben's NEVER cuddled with me. The only down side is it's REALLY hot here and the poor little thing is sweating her little tail off. It's getting harder and harder to hand her off to the care givers at the end of our time with her each day. The van ride to the orphanage, we and the other adoptive parents are all chatty...on the way back it gets pretty quiet in the van. We left a little booklet full of pics of us and Ben for her to play with while she's in her crib so she'll be that much more familiar with us, even though we have yet to not get a smile from her when she 1st sees us. She already prefers Abby to me, which while a little sad for me, it's awesome that she's bonding to Abby so well.
We had the chance to hang out with a couple of American families who live over here teaching english today. Had a good old fashioned home made southern meal, sweet tea and all, with a Baton Rouge family. It was great to connect with people here who can give us the lay of the land. Jake and Stephanie have been a total Godsend. They're ability to communicate and get around like locals is invaluable to us. Having Eva around the house for Ben to play with has been great too. They're getting along great...(Steve, you getting on a plane yet?) Not really getting used to the air pollution...it gets a bit hard to breathe while sitting in traffic, not to mention half the cars don't have A/C and the other half choose not to use it since it hurts your gas mileage. Also VERY dry here...can't drink enough water and I won't tell you what it's doing to my boogers, ( was that too much info???) Ben's still adjusting to the jet lag. He wakes up at 3am every night, but usually goes back to sleep. Last night, however, he woke up at 3 and NEVER went back to sleep....daddy's tired.
We're still having a great time, just wish we could spend more time with Millie....hard to leave her knowing no one is holding her as soon as we leave. So unfair what these little kids are put through. Not saying anything about the orphanage workers...it's very obvious that they are loved by the care givers....just amazes me that anyone could abandon any of these babies.
Ok....hope you're all well. More to come.
Mike, Abby, Ben, and Millie