It is the second morning I have gotten to wake up to the sounds of sweet Maritu snuffling in her sleep. I am laying here just amazed by her. If I had to sum up her personality so far I would say she is quiet and shy with strangers but when she know you she is silly, mischievous, and fun. The proud mama in me also thinks she is super smart. She is almost walking and grins like mad when she takes a step on her own. She is getting three new teeth as we speak.
We went to her Foster Home on Monday afternoon to get her. The head Nanny was not there so we sat waiting for her to arrive. While we waited we saw five more little babies come into the home. I am not sure if they are new or had been to the doctor but it was quite the site to see them pour out of the back of a taxi one by one.
When Sister arrived we signed papers and went to leave. Maritu sat in the back with me. She has super expressive eyebrows that she uses to show frustration, anger, fear and most often stranger danger. As we climbed in and started to drive away she looks up at me, raises her eyebrows super high and scrunches them into a frown and makes a sound like "heh?" I swear she was asking me what I was up to. She sat wide eyed and silent the rest of the way peering out as the city went by.
We got to the guest house and just spent time with her. We had a copy of her feeding schedule so we tried to stick with that. It is A LOT of food. When I came to the room to change her diaper for the first time we realized she is not 100% well. It was rather a shock to lift her shirt and find her covered in scabs and sores. She also had a wicked diaper rash and her stomach was so bloated it gave her a strange look. Boy was I glad to have mom here then. She told me the sores were scabies and she had basically scratched herself raw. The tummy we are pretty sure is ghirdia although we aren't mentioning that to the Foster Home as I guess they take offense at the mention of that. But the first night she was in agonizing pain from the gas and bloating in her huge stomach. We gave her a bath which she loved and lotioned her up. Then got her to sleep. She slept for one hour before she began to cry in writhe in her sleep. I brought her into my bed and she literally spent the whole night crying out and throwing herself about trying to get rid of gas. She would finally have a huge toot which smelled awful!! My best friend in high school got a case of ghirdia our senior year and she smelled just like this. Then she would sleep for half and hour to an hour before it would start all over again. Amazingly her eyes were closed through it all. I was very glad for morning to come.
Mom and I are staying at the mission guest house where she worked 10 years ago so she went and asked if there was still a doctor here. We were able to find one and walk across the parking lot to have his first appointment of the day. He examined her and gave us medicine right there on the spot. She will still need a full physical but already life is so much better for Maritu.
Last night was 100% better. She is still sleeping and it is 6:30. She only woke up once for her bottle and hardly cried in her sleep at all. It was such a relief to know she wasn't suffering and also to get some sleep myself.
Yesterday afternoon we had our Embassy appointment. Someone from our agency showed up there to meet us. They had said they couldn't be there so we weren't really expecting them. Things there went fine. There was a momentary panic when they couldn't find some form. I had filled this in in July but somehow it didn't make it from our agency to the Embassy. But they just had me fill it in again. Tomorrow we got pick up her immigration paperwork which includes a visa to enter the US.
That was kind of our day other than playing with Mari, feeding her or letting her grab a nap. She really is most fun to play with in our room as she knows she is just with us and she shows her silliness. She has the craziest little giggle. But even then she is still pretty quiet. I showed her a video of herself yesterday and she burst into baby babble pointing and talking to the camera.
Mom just peeked her head in to see if we had a good night. Mom has had wicked jet lag so I was happy to hear she slept last night as well. It is really cold and rainy here in Addis so it is hard to get warm enough to get to sleep.
Tomorrow we start our 37 hour journey home. I am dreading it but not as much as I was before we got Mari. She is really easy going. I know it will be super long but she really likes to be with me and she doesn't cry much at all. When she does it is softer than many babies. Also I have Mom with me. Have I said yet how thankful I am she is here? She has been my rock.
I can't wait to get home so Ben and the boys can meet her at last. Internet has been horrible here so I have hardly have had any contact with them. We are going to a hotel to try to get Internet to post this and send emails.
More of our adventure to come soon. But overall things are going amazing and Maritu is a sweet heart. God has truly blessed us and we are so grateful to Him,