Monday, December 29, 2008
What we know about Jorja so far...
Jorja loves our "Lilly" doll. It plays music and sings a counting song (in English). Jorja will be playing with something else and all of a sudden look around for "Lilly" and push her tummy to make her sing. Constantly! She should know how to count to 10 in a few days!
Jorja loves shoes!! Don't you just love it! She also loves bracelets, but I think we have shoe shopper on our hands! After only having her in our arms for barely 4 hours she said, "Baba's shoes." (Baba = Daddy) No, she didn't seem amazed at how big they were - she was making sure Baba put them away where they belong! I love this girl!! :)
She loves to eat! When we were first introduced, Jorja did really well. Then our guide told me to pick her up - well, Jorja wasn't too sure of that - we walked over to some couches, which scared her - but then I pulled out the Cheerios. Dried those tears up immediately! :) She did get bored with those quickly - but loved the lollipop! Dee, take note - bring lollipops!
Jorja does collect her different toys. We went to the playroom in the hotel and some other girls were collecting all the toys around putting them in their own pile. Jorja was noticeably upset when they started coming our way. Baba stepped up and saved Jorja's blocks! Jorja seemed very happy with that!
Jorja's got skill!
Look kids - she found the one soccer ball in all the playroom! Is she perfect for us or what?
Jorja loves peeling and sorting stickers! Her fine motor skills are very good! She loves to sort her art work - we will have to teach to look outside the box! :) We have been using English and sign language together, and picture cards (that are kinda funny because I drew them -so that's always good for a laugh!) When she wanted the stickers I signed and spoke "open" to open the package - she verbally repeated me. We were amazed! She has not spoken much yet. When she gets excited she talks, like when we have shown her photos of her friends from the orphanage. She gets so excited!! I think she is amazed that we know who they are. And she is learning our kids names! She is doing great with this! We are still calling her Chun Yu, her Chinese name. I did slip once and call her Jorja, she looked at me when I said it - so hopefully the transition wont be too hard for her. One day at a time!
This is my favorite photo so far!! What a sweet face!! Bedtime was the only somewhat rough time, and she was a trooper! After a bath (which went well) and powdering and measuring (26.5 lbs, 36 1/2 inches long) we put her pj's on. She was good with that. She got a bit more concerned when Mama put on her pj's. We played a bit and she had her evening warm milk and rice cereal and cuddled on the bed. Jorja looked to the door with sad, puppy dog eyes but was brave and came to Mama for a hug and comfort! Can't ask for more then that! She fell asleep on my bed and later transitioned on to her bed. She has slept all night.
Thank you for all of your prayers! We are all doing well, Jodi still has a cold, but it hasn't gotten too bad yet.
Kiddos - we miss you!!! Keep emailing us - gets me through the day!!! 10 more sleeps and we will all be home!!! Be good for Mimi, Papa Paul and Uncle JB! 143
Posted by Jodi at 9:39 AM