Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sorry for the delay

It has been 2 weeks since our sweet daughter was placed in our arms! She remains a champion eater (at her check-up last Friday she had already gained a pound and grown an inch!!) and a pretty good sleeper (although I am still pooped!!). She fits our family like a glove, and we couldn't imagine not having her around! Don't get me wrong...things have DEFINATELY changed, but I am trying to relax and not put to much pressure on myself. Two kids are A LOT different than one! Lucy continues to embrace her role as a big sister. She is helpful and attentive, and her tantrums have become less frequent. Her biggest fault is wanting to hold her all the time...not bad I am thinking.........

We figured it would be an all or nothing thing with her, and are JOYOUS she seems to have chosen the more positive route. I pray it is NOT just a novelty thing and that she will continue to mature as her sister gets older.

Vivi's skin continues to darken and become more beautiful, and she has a STUNNING head of curls. I must admit I am a bit afraid of her hair......dealing with African American hair is all new to me, and there are so many cute styles I will be able to do....it will just be a challenge trying to learn them all! I am fortunate to have a bloggy friend (this is a shout out to you Stacy!) willing to show me the ropes, and I am eager to speak with her soon!

Thanks again to all of you who have been thinking and praying for us! Thanks also for all the sweet comments. I am sorry I haven't been able to post much on yours, but I AM able to read them late at night while cuddling, and I have been thinking of you all, it is just hard to type one handed (hence my all undercase posts to some of you..lol!)!

Hugs, Me











Vivienne's bedroom...almost finished!





















37 comments:

Missy said...

Jill,
I just couldn't be more happy for you and your family! What a blessing Miss Vivi is! I think she is just so beautiful and I bet you are having a hard time not smothering her in kisses :) So glad to hear that all is well and Lucy is loving her so. Keep us posted as you can. HUGS!

Adele said...

Loved this post! Vivi is just precious! I know you are just smitten with her. Lucy seems to be a wonderful big sister. Blessings to you and your family!
Adele

Tammie T. said...

I am glad your family is adjusting well. Your girls are just precious!
I love Vivi's pink and green room...oh so sweet just like her!!
I hope things continue to go smoothly. Get some rest and mommy breaks are okay!!

PS Is the rug from Pottery Barn...I just love it!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Jill ~ Everyone is so thrilled for your family! Vivi is an adorable little girl and I'm glad to hear that Lucy is becoming such an excellent big sister.

Cheri said...

So happy things are going so well for you and your family! I was going to give a shout out to Stacy for hair help. I knew she'd be willing to help you. She's awesome. Vivi is beautiful!

Kim K. said...

What a beautiful post. I'm so happy for you. Vivi is a sweetheart and her nursery is precious. That picture of Lucy and Vivi is darling. I'm glad you are all adjusting and I'm happy you've managed some one handed typing on your blog. Keep us posted as best you can. I'm loving the updates.

Kerry said...

OH Jill! Adorable photos of your sweet girls! Vivi is such a little peanut- beautiful expressive eyes. And big sisiter looks so happy!

Congratulations again. XOXOXO

Carrie said...

What a sweetie-yes going from one to two is fun-but hang in there you'll be just fine!

Melba said...

Jill,

She is GORGEOUS...they both are! I love that photo of the two of them together in the crib, that is so precious! I hear you on two being very different from one, I've been watching my sister go through that this past year and she is tired!

I hear you on the concerns with hair...even though it will be different with a boy, I do still worry about managing it properly. I really don't want to just chop off his beautiful curls and keep his hair short like so many ppl do, but I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get to it!

Hugs,

Melba

Courtney said...

I am so happy for you guys. I love Viviannes new room!

Sharie said...

Sorry - I don't think you should be appologizing! You're a new mom...to an infant. OH MY!
The girls are beautiful - and look like they are getting along lovingly.
Vivi's room is precious.
I was just talking to my co-worker at lunch about her daughter's hair, she's 4 and gets it straightened - it is still VERY curly, but much more manageable that way.

Reid, Dawn, Jilli, & Dru! said...

I am so happy for you :) Thank you for the update as I have been thinking about you and your new adventure daily!!

Hugs to you all,
Dawn

BrOwN CiRcUs said...

Hi Jill! What a beautiful baby! We are so excited for you, her room is so sweet!

AZMom said...

They are soo cute together Jill!! Love the new pics and her room is very pretty too!

Michelle said...

Oh, the look on Lucy's face is priceless!!! The photos of Lucy and Vivi together are just awesome. I am SOOOOOOOOO happy for you, Jill.

Paula said...

What a beautiful surprise! Congratulations! Vivi is adorable.
you are so blessed. Praise God. I knew you're dreams would come true.

Briana's Mom said...

Awww, she is sooo precious! Oh my gosh!

Marian said...

What a beautiful little thing!! I understand the hair concerns. We had our little treasure for over a year and I'm still learning about her hair!! What a gift from God!!

day by day said...

Oh, those are 2 beautiful little girls!!!! I am glad all is going well! The bedroom looks great...these are the colors I used to have in my girls' bedroom...love them together!!

Have a great week-end!!

Kelly said...

I am glad you found my blog! Your daughters are BEAUTIFUL! Vivi looks a lot like Aliya did when she first came home!!

I pray your bio mom changes her mind and starts some contact. We haven't heard from our's in over a year, but we still send pictures to grandma, someday we hope to meet her, or at least talk to her on the phone again. In God's time...

tiffany said...

How nice that she is such a good baby! Makes these first weeks a bit easier I am sure. Her nursery is so pretty. She is just so beautiful and I love that Lucy is adjusting so well too. :) Sophie also fell right into big sis role when we added Bella and has stayed there. She loves being the little mommy/helper. What a lucky mommy you are! :)

Kelly said...

What a small world!! We have family in Columbus. We'll have to keep in touch and maybe have a play date sometime when we head your way!!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Those 2 are just too cute! Great job on her room!

Rhonda said...

So so so happy for y'all! Love the name VIVI, and I love her little nursery. She's so blessed to be in your family. Love the pictures!

Dawn said...

Welcome Home...and what a doll little Vivi is...Lucy looks like a very proud big sister!!!

A Beautiful Mess said...

Congrats! Both of your girls are lovely!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope that the calms forte does the trick. It works great for Sophie for about 7 days then I usually take a little break and see how things go....

Best wishes!

2china4S said...

Your children are beautiful! Thanks for dropping by our blog. How did you find us? We feel that SS would benefit from a little brother, but the China program is so impacted. We are going to wait until next year to decide.

Tony and Rett said...

Congratulations!!!

GORGEOUS!!!!

momwithfaithandhope said...

OMGoodness, OMGoodness - where have I been?! I just got through reading all about Miss Vivi. She is GORGEOUS! And what a great big sister. I love how you broke the news to DH! And what a GREAT big sister Lucy is!! I can hardlly contain my excitement for you!!

kalibug said...

Her nursery is adorable. And she is so beautiful!

Georgia said...

Congratulations on your newest Blessing!

Two beautiful girls. How awesome!

Jonni said...

What a wonderful update and I am so glad things are going so great . Vivi is just as sweet as can be and so is Lucy. Lucy seems to really relish her role as big sister.

I know things muct seem crazy with a newborn right now, but don't worry, I am sure it will get easier with a little time.

Too funny, I was just reading your post about hair and I was going to recommend you talk to Stacy and then I see you mentioned Stacy. Small workd huh? Take care sweetie and can't wait to read more and see more pictures. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Debbie B said...

If you haven't already join the adoption hair and skin care yahoo group. I'm learning a lot lately from there. The latest topic is of product.

She's adorable. So glad Lucy has taken well to her new role as big sister.

Gwen said...

Vivi is such a precious little girl! I'm so excited for your family! How fun for Lucy to have a sister! :)

Laurie said...

Jill,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. How sweet that we both have daughters named Vivi!!

Our 5 year old Fur-Baby (Australian shepherd mix) is named Lucy! You have a great taste in girl names!!!

Super Mommy said...

What a sweet baby! I love how the girls are bonding. Try to rest when the baby is sleeping if you can!!

Dawn said...

Congratulations and hi from Columbus! I wanted you to know (in case you don't) that there is a support group for interracial families locally:
http://www.insouciant.com/ifif/

Most (but not all) of the families are white parents with adopted children of other races (usually domestically adopted although there is a growing number of international adoptive families there, too). They meet once a month in person and there is a very quiet (nearly dead, really) email list just to keep up with meetings, really.

The families are all just lovely and many are willing to share their referrals and info for hair care since it's a common concern among the parents. :)