Wednesday, December 2, 2009

She Likes Us!

Today we got to go see Nina again. Of course as we got there we realized that I had left the camera's memory card at home so we couldn't take any pictures!

This time I got to go see Nina's room, they let me come but not Andy. When we got there, a lady told me to come to the back. Nina lives in a large room with a HUGE wooden playpen. I think she spends most of the day in there with the other kids in her group. Behind the playpen are the cribs, and next to the playpen a table where she eats. Yes, I really do believe that she spends most of her time in this one room. However, we do know that kids go outside to play. Not sure what they do with Nina since she cannot walk.

Well Nina was sitting on a chair, spaced out, until the worker grabbed her. I think it startled her from the nothingness that was going on. She smiled at me as soon as she saw me :) The worker motioned for me to leave the room and to take off my coat. She followed me with Nina on her hip.

Andy was waiting with Frank in a room and once they handed Nina over to me, I kissed her...a lot. I think she liked it, but she was still a little "spaced out." She did smile big for Andy too when she saw him. He kissed her too but I think his beard really bothers her, I keep telling Andy he has to shave for her sake :) We tried to play with her a little, but they moved us to a different room, the doctor's office.

Frank got to go outside to play with Kellsey, and we stayed in the room with Nina...and the doctor. It made for a different visit. Nina was in her own little world today, yet, wanting all out attention. She figured out she likes us to tickle her, so she will take off crawling so we can chase her and tickle her. She really loves this game.

We did have an incident where the parrot in the doctor's office somehow got out of its cage. let me tell you, it was quite humorous as Nina wanted to go get it, the parrot was flying around, and 2 workers were trying to catch it! One of them finally did but got a good bite!

I think just like with our girls back home, there are good days, there are bad days, and there are normal days. It is part of life and parenting. Same with our visits with Nina. Today was normal, Monday had been fantastic!

Nina did not seem to want to say goodbye to Andy, we were not sure if she was just shy or if she did not understand. When I took her to the back, the doctor offered to take her. Nina looked at her and shook her head "no." The doctor asked her if she wanted her mama, Nina said yes. We took her back to the room, one of her caregivers came to get her, again Nina shook her head at them "no." They asked her if she wanted her mama, and Nina said yes. Then her favorite caretaker came, well, we still don't measure up to her because she went to her easily, but I am pretty sure the worker told her it was time to eat :)

Then they said to me that Nina talks about us. She talks about her mama and her papa with his tickle on his face. I loved it, I loved the fact that she said no to them, that she wanted us.

Soon sweet girl! Really soon! Tomorrow after court, she will officially be ours, she will be a Stumbo!


Nan and Dan said...

so happy things are going so well :)
pryaing things go well at court tomorrow!
good luck.

Amy said...

Tears filled my eyes reading your post about Nina talking about her mama and her papa with the tickle on his face. excited for Thursday to come for you all! God is good!

Bill & Kristin McLeland said...

Hello friends!! Jennifer has loved looking at your pictures and watching your videos! She was laughing so hard while Nina was tickling Andy's face. When it was done she looked at me and said, "More, Andy"! I think she misses your family (the rest of our family misses you as well). Your sweet daughter will soon be a Stumbo! We love you all and can't wait for you to get home.

Kristen said...

YAY!!!! Can't wait to see your post tomorrow!!!

Karien Prinlsoo said...

Awww, I'm so glad I haven't put on my mascara yet. Your pretty normal day, ended pretty Extra ordinary!
Don't let Andy shave off his "tickle" yet! To me, it seems that it is exactly that, that is engraving her daddy in her heart!
God is so GOOD and so faithful! I praise HIM for every answer to prayer.
I sent you an email with contact persons in Kiev, like a said in my previous mail. If you can't read it- I can put the names up here, privately.

Zack, Jenn and William said...

What a beautiful post! And she's showing some greats signs of positive attachement. The biggest one is how she likes her favorite caregiver. Her fondness of a particular caregiver is such a wonderfully positive sign, and I praise God for that! How wonderful it is that this woman was placed in her life until you could get to her. Praying that things continue to go well.

Maria E Armendariz said...

I am anxiously waiting for your news today, have come three times to see news and it official ? Nina Stumbo?

Keep praying
A hug and kiss,