Guess who we have….

by Michele

Well, I think Gotcha Day could have gone worse but I don’t think by much.  I know it could have gone a lot better.  Oh well…after about 2 1/2 hrs of solid crying, rigid bodies and head banging, they are sleeping now and we are exhausted.  Getting them both together I don’t think was easier because after we got both calmed down, something would set one off and that would then set the other off.  Sometimes it was just moving them from one arm to the next.  Sometimes it was just sitting down.  Sometimes they would look at each other and they would cry.  I only got bit twice.

It was a hard day.

We cannot set them down right now without them going into complete hysterics which then sets the other one off.  We got them around 3:30.  They only had very short naps and we have not gotten them to eat yet either which is probably adding to the problem.  We even had the orphanage bring us the exact formula that they are on.  And they waited to bring it down to us so that the foster mom had time to drop off their favorite bottles (just so you know, we accidentally gave Jenna’s bottle to Quinn and vise-versa, but Jenna fixed the problem…..silly Americans).

We also think both girls are teething right now.  Their 2nd year molars are just starting to pop through.  Also, one of the orphanage nannies said that the fostor mom explained to the girls what was going to happen today.  And apparently Quinn had been getting more and more scared as the days passed.

Our guide said that the orphanage said that our girls had one of the best and most experienced foster mom’s in the system.  No wonder they are so big.  Trust me.  My arms are shaking after holding them and bouncing them for a solid five hours.  But they are asleep and tomorrow is a new day.

This is us, with the orphanage master, director, and two of the nannies.   I think we get to meet Quinn and Jenna’s foster mom on Wednesday.  I have Quinn and Ted has Jenna.  We tried to switch once and that did not go over well at all with the girls – very loud screams from both of them before we even started the hand off. We haven’t attempted switching again since.

Quinn and Jenna arrived with cute little necklaces with their names embroidered on them.  The nannies said the foster mom was worried we would mix them up.  So we painted their toenails right away like we had planned.

Hanging out back at the hotel.

About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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8 Responses to Guess who we have….

  1. Beth says:

    YAY!!! You have your girls!!! I was hoping I’d get to see them before I had to run Hope to swimming lessons. Congratulations! I’m so sorry to hear that they are grieving so hard. That was our experience with Hope as well. We’ll continue to pray for you and hope that things improve. You’re right that tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully the girls will wake up ready to explore and learn about their new Mommy and Daddy. I know it’s hard because all you want to do is love your new babies. Be persistant and consistant.

    P.S. – Great idea to paint the nails. 🙂

  2. Katie L. says:

    I’m so glad you have your girls. It is hard to hear how challenging yesterday (today?) was. Prayer Warriors back in the states are still at it. I hope you get to meet the foster mom! Not to be all counselory but it’s great your little ones had such good attachments.

  3. This is (Mom) (Grandma) Doris: I hope you are getting some very good rest right now, all four of you. Your new day will start for you in just a few hours. Luke was asking about skyping again, but I remained vague and made no promises because I know you are going to be really busy and predicting the next time it will work for you is difficult at the moment. Jason will not be here this evening (your morning) to run the computer for me, so don’t worry about it when you wake up. Just take care of your half of the family there knowing we are doing just fine here in Minnesota today. Ryan takes long naps and always still seems very ready for bedtime as well. Luke is watching a movie right now for a quiet time. Swimming remains a highlight for them, but makes bedtime and naptime very easy; they are always good and tired.

    • Mary says:

      Doris can you please tell the boys Uncle Eric, Aunt Mary and Jax say hi and we miss them and hope they are having tons of fun on their vaca!!!
      Michele and Ted we also miss you! The girls are so beautiful, I can’t think of two more patient and loving people than you both. Love you all!!!!!!!

  4. Holly says:

    Praying for you and the girls and boys back home.

  5. Callie says:

    Praying for you and that the days will get easier as the girls adjust to being with you. They are beautiful and we can’t wait to meet them. I hope all of you were able to get some sleep. Take care!

  6. Jessica says:

    Yay! They are beautiful and healthy looking! Great idea painting their toenails. I have been praying for you today/yesterday since I have no idea what time it is there 🙂
    Hooray! They will soon forget this scary day; its nice they have each other and are not alone. They will love their big brothers once they get adjusted. Hope you get some sleep!

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