Thursday, September 13, 2012

2 1/2 Months...

It's been 2 1/2 months... 2 1/2 months! I can't believe what a roller coaster the last weeks have been. I feel like i've gone through about as many emotions as humanly possibly in this short amount of time, everything from excitement and joy to disappointment and fear.
Needless to say Gia is still not in her permanent home where she belongs but we are gradually getting closer. I think we've run into every obstacle we could have in this process. Our home study that was ordered by the judge couldn't be completed because we live in a different county than Gia's case, and by the time they got everything worked out it was determined that we were too far along in our licensing process for a home study to be done. We tried to see if our foster classes could be accelerated, we got phone numbers of anyone we could think of that might be able to help the process and when we finally decided to give up and just wait for our license their was another court date which resulted in more waiting and still not getting the answer we wanted; that our little girl was moving in. Despite not being able to take her home permanently yet we have been allowed to start overnight visits, adding an extra night each week. And to top it all off we are done with all of our classes and are only waiting for our paperwork to be submitted to the state. Which means that it's only a few short weeks away and our daughter will be home with us!
Having her for extended visits has been more wonderful than I could have possibly imagined! You wonder when you decide to adopt a child whether or not you will connect with them or them with you or how your love will grow. It's an amazing thing to sit back and realize the love that you have for a child that you met only so long ago. She is definitely our daughter and I thank God every day for the plans that he's set in place for us and for this beautiful gift.
Let me tell you a little bit about miss Gia....
She laughs, dances, and sings. She's so clever and comes up with her own little tunes to hum. 
She knows the "clean up" song and insists on humming it every time she cleans up her toys. 
She's a neat freak:) Any time she drops food onto her tray she has to pick it up. Give her a rag and she's great at wiping the table or her face. 
She's right in the middle of size 12 months and 18 months and nothing we own seems to fit her right. 
She loves to play in the dirt. 
She has absolutely no fear! We went to an indoor swimming center that had a kiddie slide and she went down all by her self over and over and over again. 
She loves to swim and jump into the pool.
Her favorite food is mac 'n cheese, it feels like that's all we ever feed her.
We're pretty sure she speaks a little spanish and calls her water agua and says si for yes.
She's obsessed with her foster parent's dog named Molly and insists that Romeo's name is Molly as well.
We're convinced that she's a genius baby:) 
She thinks more and please are the same word.
She loves to cuddle when she's tired. 
She has absolutely no interest in tv and goes 100mph all the time until she crashes.
She calls her blanky mimis.
She has crazy girl hair that doesn't naturally part and magnetizes to her face if you don't pull it up.
Surprisingly she looks kind of like Jason and I {funny how God planned that}.
She blows kisses by sucking on the back of her hand and letting go with a loud "mush" sound.
She doesn't cry or yell when she wakes up from a nap... she is perfectly content to hang out in her crib.
She's shy when she first meets people and covers her face, but it only takes a few minutes for her to warm up to everyone.
She refuses to keep her shoes on and would much rather chew on them than wear them.
She has an amazing giggle and laugh that's full of energy.
She is a beautiful little girl that I can't thank God enough for and 
couldn't possibly imagine our lives without. 
She is our {daughter}.