.surviving. Oh my goodness. It has been quite a week. The fact that I am blogging right now says a lot. (Since I wrote that this post has been worked on over the course of 4 days) We picked up Tariku Monday March 26th and the honeymoon lasted until Saturday - the day we left. Perfect. His flight home was a mess. It was one of those you read about and think it can only happen to other people.....I was a wreck. Tariku was a wreck. And Aaron had to care for both of us. Ugh. Tariku made it home on 6.5 hours of sleep during the entire trip and 4 hour plus long tantrums......I made it home with less sleep then him and Aaron less then me. But we made it. And that is the point.
We were welcomed by the most amazing people ever. SERIOUSLY - it was overwhelming. It is still overwhelming.
Overall we are adjusting to life as a family of 5. This week we have had meltdowns, tantrums, and tears and thoughts of, "what have we done".....but there are also moments of joy and thoughts of "look what God has done". I am sure both thoughts will continue to happen from time to time but I know that the second will win and one day we will all fit!
Although we have seen tantrums and tears we have also been filled with Tariku's sweet laughter and giggles. One morning while our social worker was here for our first post-visit the kids played for an hour in the closet giggling......really Tariku is adjusting alright. He is a blessing and we are glad he is here.
Little things I don't want to forget about his first week:
He only eats a couple of things; toast with jelly, hot dogs (he ate 5 for lunch one day - 5!!!), meat (taco & fajitas), and eggs.
He tried juice and he liked it.
He dresses up in princess clothes and loves it......we have pictures that will embarrass him to death in about 10 years. :)
He is a streaker.....totally unashamed.
He loves the shower & bath.
He drinks from the sink with his mouth on the whole spout....like in this episode of Parks &; Rec.
He loves being outside, even in our weather.
He loves the car. And doesn't mind buckling.
He is a trooper at the Dr's office. And doesn't cry even when they draw blood.
He is the worlds biggest sweetie and loves his siblings.
His giggle is the best. THE BEST.
He runs with his legs high in the air down our hallway and it is hilarious.
He has taught the other kids to call Aaron "Ababa Daddy".....so sweet.