Taking peeks at her new parents, strangers trying to get her attention.
She played. She ate. She played some more. And then some where along the way....
She realized that something wasn't right. She was not in familiar territory anymore. And, she suddenly did not want to have anything to do with either one of us.
But, she tried to be brave.
When she fell asleep, I was able to take her socks off and get a first look at the her feet. They were beautiful, but we knew she wouldn't be able to walk this way. We suspected that she had club feet, now we had our confirmation.
That night she fell into a fitful sleep. She didn't understand that we loved her. She didn't understand that she was going to have a forever home. Brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and grandparents. All she understood was that this was not just another day.
Today that scared little girl has come into her own. The child that wouldn't make a sound for three weeks, never stops talking now. Never. She's still talking when I walk out of her room at bedtime! The child that behaved like a feral cat when we tried to bathe her, splashed in the sprinkler just a few weeks ago. The child that China said would never walk, can't be stopped!
Today she is happy and confident. And, we are blessed. Today is the anniversary of her "Gotcha" day and it may have seemed like just another day, but it was not. Unfortunately, her urologist had plans for us today.
So, Claire and I spent this anniversary at the hospital. Claire was not thrilled with this idea, but we have good news. One year after they told us her ureters were ruined and she would need surgery for kidney reflux, this new test proved that God is good! Claire's bladder did not reflux into her kidney's until it was full of 260 cc of fluid, as opposed to 50 cc last year. She will not need surgery, just a little medication for night time. And, her kidneys look wonderful!
So, it wasn't the traditional way to celebrate this milestone, but the good news made up for it! We went home and ordered Chinese take-out for dinner. She got to use her chopsticks......though she doesn't really care for Chinese food much! Go figure!