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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Trying to catch up...

Where to start after so so so long...

Jet lag was a KILLER! It would have been ok if we didn't need to wake up with the babies, but we did and it took a good 2 weeks to recover. I lost 15 lbs in just those 2 weeks from no appetite and loss of sleep. Good thing I've regained them by all by now, hahaha!

Jujube has completely started the process over to get his club feet repaired. Sad thing is that this has already ALL been done once before in VietNam when he was a wee baby, but like a retainer is to orthodontics, feet braces MUST be kept on or the feet will return to their original deformed position. The orphange did not keep his braces on and the feet reverted right back to how they were when he was born. So new casts are now being put on once per week, and another surgery is scheduled for 2 weeks. Poor boy. Without the casts and for the first time in his life, he was able to explore and was cruising around on the furniture and taking a few steps, all on rolled ankles. Then the casts went back on, and he spent 3 full days, day and night, being the angriest baby I have ever seen when the casts were first put on again. Then he finally figured out how to maneuver around somewhat, kinda a belly crawl, and became happier. 3 additional months of waiting in an orphanage courtesy of the US gov't.

Tess is doing a lot of catch up too. When we got her the day after her 1st birthday, she was 15 lbs, couldn't sit or bare any weight on her tiny legs. She has some sort of food aversion and won't anything but formula. We're working on it and now she will eat about 2 oz of pureed food a day. It's a start. She is doing well and making tiny improvements everyday. She has a long road in front of her and we will do this all together as a family and give her all the lovin' and calories in her that we can. So far she has gained almost 2 lbs and can sit, crawl, pull herself up, and still has a smile that lights up a room. She is a beauty although not traditional Vietnamese looking.

We have about 3-4 doc appointments a week and it has made it impossible to get the babies on a day time nap schedule. Last week there were 7 of them!!!! Hopefully now that things are finally settling down a little, I can get them to nap at the same time. Maybe that's wishful thinking.


Thank your thank you thank you to all those that have reached out to help us. I can NOT even start to share how much you have all meant to us. I'd like to claim otherwise, but half my luggage is still sitting in my closet still packed. Oh well. There are more important things. This road is difficult, but with faith and each other, we feel invincible... and very tired.
I'll try to post once a month for at least a while.

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