Quiet Mother’s Day

Friday evening, and Saturday were full of wild fun as Kiffanie got to know the house and her new family.  Sunday dawned quietly, as exhaustion from travel finally caught up to her.  Kiffanie slept almost the entire day, waking only to eat a bit of apple, and for several snuggle sessions which ended with her asleep on my lap.  We thought it was just travel weariness catching up, combined with some sadness and adjustment, but after dinner we realized her stomach was upset as well.   (It was hard to miss at that point, as it required clothing changes for both of us.)

Ken cooked a yummy Mother’s Day meal, the children gave me sweet presents, and Kiffanie gave me precious sleepy snuggles, but I don’t think I got a single picture.  It was a lazy, sleepy day, tending a sick girlie.  It was good bonding time, even though it was hard to see her so lethargic.

Today around noon, Kiffanie bounced back, and resumed her customary romping and giggles!

I forgot to take pictures of the children outside this afternoon.  This evening they are playing with the toy food and kitchen utensils.   I’d expected to keep her fancy homecoming hairstyle in longer, but noticed tension bumps on her scalp from the hair being pulled tightly in the extensions, so this morning, while she was still recovering and sleeping, I styled it in loose rope twists to rest her scalp for a few days.  I was rewarded with a happy smile when she saw the mirror.  (Although I’m guessing her approval had more to do with the flower headband than the twists themselves. )

Except for the tummy bug making for a miserable 3rd day home, she seems to be acclimating well.  She likes ice cream, steak, rice and tomatoes, potatoes and fruits, but isn’t sure noodles are food.  She loves the swingset and playing with the faucets, and knows what to do with Legos.  So far she’s said very little in English, jabbering away in primarily in French, but she’ll choose English for debate.  When told, “No more” on ice cream, she flashed an impish grin and said, “Yes more!”

When playing with siblings she calls Keegan and Kieran “mon frère” (brother), but her sisters “mon ami” (my friend.)

Play Kitchen

Play Kitchen

Out of focus photos–my shutter speed was slow, and Kiffanie moves fast.


10 thoughts on “Quiet Mother’s Day

  1. I understand not getting around to pictures on a “sick” day, and even realize how disrupted your days are lately even without taking pictures. I do hope however, that you are able to get a little video footage during this early time. It will be a neat thing for her to see in years to come, especially if you can catch some chattering between siblings while she still must use French primarily.
    Love the pictures we do get, and the feeling of “being there” that your detailed posts give.

    • Dramich–we’ll try to get some video in the next few days. I never remember to do video, but you are right, we should get some.

  2. That is a sweet picture! Sounds like the cuddling was a good God-ordained bonding time. Her hair looks cute. Great twists! And when does Ken go back to work? Is he ready for re-entry into modern America?

    • Jennifer, thanks! Ken has 2 weeks off work–yay! Ready for re-entry into modern America? If that means hot showers, yes. Heading into night shifts again–not as much. 😉 We are blessed he can take these two weeks off though!

      • Two weeks… Wonderful! And he got his steak and ice cream already. The man has earned all the steak and ice cream he can eat!

  3. She is gorgeous! So glad she is feeling better and enjoying her siblings. How precious that her new sisters are already her ‘friends.’

  4. Waouh!!!!! I wonder if all these “pommes” were not a bit responsible… It has that effect here if we eat more then one a day! Good she didn’t have this “bug” on the plane!
    her tummy must also get used to another kind of food, not only her spirits or mind!(?)
    Bonne journée! You will see in 5 weeks she speaks english!!!

    • Merci, Nicole! She never ate more than one pomme per day–usually she didn’t eat any, but enjoyed giving them out to others–I think it made her feel important to distribute the pommes. You are right though, her tummy is making many adjustments (as are her mind and heart.) So true–so many changes–it is hard to even imagine! She’s an amazing little girl–we are blessed. (She is enjoying her oatmeal this morning.) You’d asked if pommes are common in Congo–Ken says yes, they grew there and were everywhere. Pommes and bananas are both very familiar to her. Pommes grow here in Wyoming, but not Bananas, but the grocery store has both.

      • fascinating! Thank you for your answer; I just stay amazed to think they grow pommes… I read they need a winter to grow apples and that they come from south africa; For people it is much nicer then eating bananas!! Well, I discovered something!
        I learned french at age 4 when I went to school. I have absolutely no memory of being annoyed not understanding! So I suppose Kiffanie might do the same… To keep up with english we had english au-pairs…
        You also as a family must ajust to a new life! This little girl is blessed to be accepted among you!
        We can see in the pictures that she looks deeply happy!

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