Oh man, here I was all proud of myself thinking I didn’t have baby brain! I can’t believe I didn’t tell you how this all came down. I think because we were emailing so many people and talking to family I just assumed I had done it. Sigh. Bring on the baby brain.
Okay, all the details…
On Wednesday morning I was hanging out at home doing home stuff. Chris went to St. Marc to go to the bank. He was gone for a few hours. I heard him come in when he got home, but he was outside for a bit and I just assumed he was off talking to our workers. When he finally came in the house the first thing he said to me was, “Are you going to be feeling good enough to go to Port au Prince tomorrow?” My response was a bit snide as I said, “How am I supposed to know??! Why?” The whole time I was wondering what was so pressing in Port that I had to go. Was it another load of blocks and Jean was busy? Paperwork for something? Then he said, “Are you going to be feeling good enough to go to Port au Prince to meet our baby?”
I looked at him and all I could say was, “Are you serious?” The last time he saw me look that way and ask that way was the night he proposed.
By that time Chris was standing behind me and he said yes, he was serious. He’d just gotten off the phone with John and we were going in the next morning to meet our girl. He started hugging me from behind and I just started bawling. Literally sobbing. I had a smile on my face and the tears would not stop. It was such an overwhelming mix of relief and joy and disbelief.
We didn’t sleep much that night. I was still hacking and coughing. Chris was just excited. We left the house just after 5 am so we could meet John at 7. When we got there we had a few minutes to talk to John, then we headed over to the creche. Jess met us and did a quick hand off so she could get the contact lens in her eye all straightened out. Chris and I got to spend about 30 minutes with Liv, then John came back and took us up to meet the lawyer. We learned about the new adoption laws and made some decisions, then headed back down. We were free to go back and visit if we wanted, so Chris dropped me off and let me hang out there while he finished the errands for the day. We made plans to come back in the next morning, Friday, to pick her up. We just had to wait for her medical results to come back before we could taker her home and they were scheduled to be received that afternoon.
That night we got the call from John that we were expecting to just confirm her medical results. There were some things that came up with her medical tests and because of that we were delayed in bringing her home. I’ll share more about that when I get more information. Right now we’re just waiting.
So that’s how Liv came home. When we finally did get the go ahead to pick her up we did another early morning trip to Port and were back by 9 am.
Her story is that her bio-mom is from the Cayes area. She already has 5 children and then came Liv. The birth father said that she came to early so there was no way she was his child and he kicked the mother and all the kids out. She had no where to go. She came to another missionary and wanted to have them take Liv and the next youngest child. John was then contacted about Liv and he said they’d take her and then he called us.
Questions about her birth weight etc…
I don’t know her exact birth weight. She was born at home and brought to John at 10 days old. When they weighed her at the orphanage she was 5.4. We’re going to see Dr. Jen today so I’ll get her weighed to get an updated weight. She’s 17 3/4″ long :) Those extra 3/4″ are very important.
The breast feeding thing is working. Because she was on a bottle for about 5 days before she came to us so she got used to the bottle. I also don’t have a full milk supply so we’ve been doing a combo of breast feeding and bottle feeding. It’s working out well. The kid has a great appetite!
Is that all you wanted to know? Like I said, baby brain settling in here so you’ll have to just be really frank with what you want to know.