This mornings visit was awesome! The groupa was outside and when we came around the corner she literally came running for me. She gave me a big hug and then turned around and sat in my lap. She was more comfortable facing away from me for sure. But she was so happy to see us!
They have a trampoline that is a death trap, and, of course, that is what she wanted to play on. We played on it for a good 30 minutes. I tried to make eye contact, but she was actively looking away. Though she was smiling and interacting. Then the other kids climbed up and it was chaos.
Finally we talked her into going to look at her photo book. She really looked this time. She repeated a few of the other kids names. I love showing her her family. We fed her a banana while we looked at the book and used a game with the banana to work on eye contact. She really enjoyed it.
Then we went around the side of a building and smashed walnuts open for an hour. She thought this was great fun. So did I. She relaxed a lot. She started making eye contact more. She is such a cuddlebug which is wonderful, because so am I!! I mean, she just leans into me and always has her head on me or her hand in mine. The eye contact is hard for her, but the touch is not. One step at a time.
After that we went back to the death trap trampoline and jumped some more. This time she held our hands as she jumped. And, best of all she made a good bit of eye contact. I would make a sound and then she would make it back. And then we would laugh and laugh. so much fun.
After that she wanted to look at the photos again. But when we got to the table a woman was doing an art class with 2 children at a time. So, we sat at one end and did art with V while the woman sat at the other. I love that the kids get art, music, gym, field trips. An orphanage is certainly not a family. But, as far as orphanages go, our girls are definitely in one of the best ones here. And the workers care. The art teacher kept thanking us and telling us she is happy we are here again.
When it was time to go she wanted me to walk her to her door. Then she hugged me and said bye. I told her we would see her tomorrow. I am so looking forward to it.
We got news on our complication that seems good. It should be resolved favorably on Monday. It will, of course, cause a delay of a day or two and cost a few hundred dollars. BUT, once it is done we can proceed forward. I will not be totally relieved until it is done, but our facilitator is very confident. When they are giving you confident answers over here, you tend to listen. They don't often talk to you in absolutes. So, I am hopeful.
Dale and I walked around a bit again today. But, all of this is just wearing on me harder this time. And I miss my kids at home something awful. So, I opened my window, layed in bed, and read a lot today. We will cook some dinner in a few minutes and then have an early bedtime.