Monday, October 19, 2009


I feel like I have so much to blog about these days and so little time to do it! :) I'm going to try to hurry in a quick update since Clarissa is still asleep.

Things are going really well, except that we're dealing with sleep issues. Clarissa is so happy and so fun all day and then at night...well, we're still working on it, lol. She has her days and nights mixed up a little still, so we haven't gotten much sleep in the past few days. It kind of feels like having a newborn! :)

We had a really quiet weekend where we just spend family time together at home, but the kids went back to school today and Shawn went back to work, so it's time to go back to real life! It's going to be kind of nice to be home alone with Clarissa during the day, actually. We can work on getting a nap schedule down and I can spend a lot of time bonding with her. She's going to be sticking pretty close to me for a while!

Other than the sleep issues, she seems to be settling in well with our family. She really is SO much fun to play with! Her personality is starting to come out a little more and she's a happy, easy going baby. Her tummy issues are gone, which is good, and she seems to be getting used to American food. She's eating different things now than she was in Korea and I worried that it would be hard for her to adjust, but it hasn't been.

Part of me still can't believe that she's actually here!! Did we really go all the way to Korea and come back with a baby?? It all feels like a dream! :) All the waiting and hoping and wishing we've done over the past two years is over and it feels really really good. No more wondering when the referral is going to come, no more worrying about USCIS paperwork or when her Visa is going to be approved or wondering when we'll get updated photos of her. Now I can just snuggle up with her and kiss her cheeks and enjoy every second of her. I feel like our family is complete now and that's a wonderful feeling.


Kristin said...

Congratulations Wendy!

So glad she is home!

How are foster parents viewed in Korea such as Clarissa's? I know you have posted alot about the views of adoptions in Korea and reading about your trip brought me to that question.

My5Blessings said...

Thanks for the update Wendy! So glad that she is doing well and that she is a happy well adjusted baby, that is great! I am sure she will figure out the time difference and be just fine. So glad her tummy troubles have gone away! What is she eating here as to what she was eating in Korea?

Enjoy your first day of having "your daughter" all by yourself.

I couldn't be happier for you, Shawn, Josh and Matthew!
All the best!

Amanda said...

Thanks for keeping us all updated! Glad all is going so well:) Seems surreal even to me!

Unknown said...

Enjoy snuggling and bonding with Clarissa today! I'm so happy for you and your family! Were you able to get some fabric in Korea for her 100 wishes quilt?

wendy (bookends)

KrisJ said...

Love those 2 new photos! Too cute!! Glad all is going well.. Malia adjusted pretty quick with sleeping so hopefully Clarissa will too!

Celeste said...

I am so happy things are calming down! She is seriously adorable!

Tracie said...

I'm so happy that your dream has come true!

Andrea said...

I am so over-the-moon happy for you and your family. Clarissa couldn't have joined a better family.