Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Settling In

WE have made some big strides in the last 24 hours. We had Jillian watch Lia in the tub last night. Lia was MOST excellent in hamming it up and having a blast with the bath toys (ha!). Jillian stood by the tub with me laughing so hard and babbling on in Chinese. So stinking cute!

So...I thought it was time to bite the bullet. She did not like having her clothes removed...and the bath was more of a stand in the water, it takes three people to help...and you get partially clean kind of thing...but as soon as we wrapped her in a towel and she was safe in Jim's arms, she was fine. I massaged her with some lotion a little bit, which she also seemed to like. She was fine when I dressed her in some clean pajamas...and LOVED having her hair brushed. Success!

This morning, she started to get upset when I took of her pajama bottoms...but relaxed when I pulled on a different pair of leggings. I think she thought I was going to put her in the tub again. :-)

The girls spent part of the morning playing in the room. Lia made them hats (always crafting...even in China!)...and then fixed Jillian hair in sweet little pigtails. Jillian was thrilled when she saw herself in the mirror...and watching them together made me just as thrilled. Lia continues to make us so proud in assuming her big sister role. She is extremely protective of Jillian...even getting frustrated with me when she thinks I am not doing something correctly...imagine that! :-)

Our group then took a walking trip to a nearby mall where we scored some underwear in 12-18 month size that should fit Jillian a little better. :-)

Everyone is napping now and in a few hours, we will head to Shamian Island to do passport stuff for Jillian...and shop!

That's it from China today...we are starting to look ahead to coming home. We are enjoying our time here, getting to know Jillian...but we can't wait to get her home!











16 comments:

Mireille said...

As soon as I am up I am looking at your new updates! I love love to hear all those little big steps you are all making together!! It's going so well, and I am thrilled for you!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh she just melts my heart:) Lia too! What a great big sister.

Sharon Ankerich said...

Happy things are doing SO well. We were on the island earlier and headed to a garden this afternoon. Hope you all have a great day!!! Blessings and love!

redmaryjanes said...

She is just precious! Sophia was like that with her clothes too and we discovered it was because she was afraid we were going to take them away. She slept with everything we gave her because she was afraid it would disappear.
It sounds like things are going wonderfully. I am so happy for you!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

This makes my heart so happy hearing that things just keep getting better. It is hard in the moment to think of things from her perspective but I just have to keep telling myself that with Millie when I find myself getting weary.

I love seeing Lia be an amazing big sister. I know God--through you--prepared her well.

Love you~
Lisa

Cheri said...

So precious! Your girls are so adorable!

Bridget said...

So happy things are going so well! The girls are just too cute together! Lis certainly sounds like the perfect big sister- she is taking her job seriously! Glad Jillian "liked" her bath and enjoys being in her Daddy's arms. Kit was a Daddy's girl our entire time in China. Hope you all had a great remainder of the day! Thanks for sharing:)

Heather said...

I am speechless...I know, really??? But, truly this is the stuff life is made of...just awesome! Praying blessing upon blessing is yours!

Lia...rock on girlfriend, no doubt you were born to be the big sister and Jillian, what a treasure to be in the arms of your loving family! Kate & Jim...as you watch this journey unfold, may God continue to amaze you with His goodness and mercy and the precious love of two beautiful sisters/daughters! So, so, so cheering you on!

Love,
Heather

Marla-Dee said...

Oh how cute they look today! As I am reading with the Bella Mia {she is excited to follow too everyday} she just stated she would also like a baby sister, uh-oh, we may have to share Jillian and Lia too!

Hugs!

Allison said...

Love, love, love every word and picture you are sharing! Enjoy every minute of your experience :) Sending prayers your way.

Kristi said...

I am lovin her little piggies too! She is so darling and obviously, big sis is beautiful!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh she is just the cutest lil pumpkin ever!!! It sounds like Lia is being such a GREAT big sister. Doesn't that just melt your heart? SO happy for you.

Suzy said...

I am so glad your daughters are so easily and naturally adapting to their sisterhood.

Jennifer said...

Loving following along! Thanks for posting! What a sweetie!

xoxoxo Jen

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate....Congratulations on becoming a family of four. Jillian is gorgeous and Lia is the coolest big sister ever! Glad things are going well for you. It took me a few days to give my Jillian a bath too! Thanks for letting us share in your journey.
The "other" Kate & Jillian

Kellyann said...

This post is super adorable! Love the pictures of the girls sharing and getting to know each other.
Love the one of Jim with his 'girls' too. So thrilled you guys are having a great, smooth adjustment.