Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Life with Lucy Melat

Life with Lucy Melat is so right. That's the best way I can describe it, it just feels RIGHT. Like it's always been.

 

We arrived from Gondar late (which as we have learned, is the Ethiopian norm). Apparently our flight from Gondar to Addis was rescheduled, and when we arrived to the airport in Gondar, they asked if we had been contacted, because that flight was rescheduled. They wanted us to come at 8am instead. So, for 3.5 hours, we waited in Gondar for the next flight. We made it back to the Bejoe about 20 minutes before Travis arrived with the babies. I was nervous/excited/anxious. My hands were shaking…then we heard the horn as we waited in the yard. The gate opened, and Travis pulled in. Melat was asleep, and Travis carried her up in the carseat and told me to go ahead and take her out. She'd cried herself to sleep on the way over, but had already had her nap.

 

I took her out, and she seemed overwhelmed, but my nervousness disappeared the minute she was in my arms. She started to cry a little, but Genet, the lovely gal who runs Bejoe, spoke some Amharic words that calmed her down. She snuggled into me, but was still very wary of us. I handed her to Matt and she freaked out. We could see on her face that she was thinking, "I don't think so, Big White Guy!" I took her back, and she snuggled into my shoulder and continued to fuss off and on, and 30 minutes later she fell asleep. We think she was in a stress induced coma/nap (said jokingly, but kinda true!) She woke up two hours later all smiles, and it's been great ever since. She is more beautiful that we could have imagined. She is now pretty fond of Matt, and she even says Da-Da. It was a fluke at first, but we caught it right away, and kind of made a big deal about it. Now she says Da-Da and then looks right a Matt for a reaction. It's just perfect. She is pretty snuggly with me and touches my face a lot. She is making great eye contact with us both, which is so sweet, and a credit to the sweet caregivers at Gladney. She sleeps fantastic, has two little bity teeth coming in. She sucks her two fingers when she's going to sleep. She is just amazing!

 

Gondar was intense. So much to say, but I'm still processing so much I can't even begin to think what to write about it.

 

Pictures take forever to upload...I'm sorry, but I can't seem to get them to go! I will keep trying! Eryn

12 comments:

Gayla said...

AAAAAAAAUGH!!!

I'm so glad you updated!!! I'm thinking about all of you every single day!!!!

Happy, happy to hear how wonderful your first moments were... and it gets SOOOOOOO much better from here!!!

missy said...

love hearing the details of your first meeting! so glad she is now in your arms, not just in your hearts!

Christy. said...

So, so, so amazing!!!

Heidi said...

Sucking on her fingers...just like Shiloh!!! She was destined to be friends with him!! I can't wait until they are swinging on our swing set together :-)
Think about you every day. My heart is so happy that you held your little girl!! Love you!

Grace said...

So excited for your family! What an adventure and love story.

Amy said...

I didn't expect to get teary reading this, but I totally did! I could just picture you guys as you described your first meeting with Lucy. Amazing. So happy for you. Congratulations! Hopefully I'll get to meet her when Tripp and I come in July (but I won't expect to hold her :-) )!

Marnee said...

Oh my...tears!!!! Eryn and Matt, my heart is bursting! I'm so stinkin excited for you guys!!! Praise the LORD you are holding your little baby girl!

Jana said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited for you Eryn. Once you get settled and bonded, we will try and make it down your way for a Lucy viewing!!

Dee said...

Ah, that first snuggle. How precious.

Melody said...

I, too, love hearing the details. So precious!! Love the snuggles, love the Da-Da, love her looking into your eyes...Love it!!

Lindsey said...

I have tears of joy for you, such a beautiful image of mom, dad, and daughter bonding! Thanks for the update. Can't wait to see pictures.

Erin Sager said...

welcome home, enjoy every moment with your sweet Lucy and Family

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