Every day = progress

Today we learned that we are going to get REALLY bored if we have to stay in country too long. We don't have the money to do any safari's or any other elaborate trip while we are here and we don't have enough stuff to do at the apartment to buy time while we wait. We don't have a driver on the weekends so going to a market or to any of the places we plan to visit while here isn't really an option. We have church in the morning so that will be nice- I need me some worship! The last family (apart from us) will be leaving Tuesday night so we are soaking up their company as much as we can the next few days. Hopefully we will be able to distract ourselves with trips to the village we helped built two homes at in 2006, visiting a babies home a friend of ours works at, going to the place where Jaydn Priscilla was found at 5 months old, shopping at the craft market etc. But today Nathan and I looked at each other and both knew we would be getting bored here sooner than we ever imagined. Perhaps having been here before has changed the adventure of it- or maybe its the fact that we have two amazing children at home that we miss like crazy. I don't wish this transition time with Jaydn Priscilla away at all! I just wish I could do it in a context that has purpose and is more like what her real home will be like. Ok I am beginning to sound like a whiner-sorry about that.

During the night she walked out of the room and we found her on the couch crying but still completely asleep. Then this morning I woke up and couldn't find her so I jumped out of bed and there she was in the kitchen trying to reach her sippy cup on the counter. Freaked me out! Today we did take steps towards getting to know each other better. We hung around the apartment reading books, playing in the bath, munching on American snacks until about 11:30 when we met up with the Byerlys and took our daily walk to the Garden City area for lunch. We are working on foods with Jaydn since her exposure has been limited and contrary to what you may think, she was overfed at the orphanage rather than left hungry. I am letting her decide how much she eats but Im giving her a variety of options to choose from. Its fun to watch her trying to use her fork b/c she has always eaten with her hands- I think she likes the challenge. After lunch we came back to the apartment and attempted the pool. She wasn't having it. We sat in the hot tub for awhile and she sat nearby. She and I then decided to play soccer. It was fun until she stepped on and rolled over the ball a few too many times and got embaressed by the result of falling down. All eyes are on us though as we play with Jaydn. Im not sure what the Ugandan culture thinks of us Mzungu's (white people in Lugandan) parenting a Ugandan baby but we get a lot of stares and stir up a lot of talk when in crowds. I know they are fearful of child trafficking so we pray they don't assume that is something we would ever be involved in. We hung out poolside for awhile and then came into the apartment to...be bored again :) I started cooking around 5 and we shared spaghetti for dinner at our apartment table. It was so cute watching her scoop up her noodles with her new fork and bowl while drinking from her butterfly sippy cup. She is doing great. We managed to catch the kids on Skype tonight (morning to them) and Jax saw Jaydn for the first time. I could hear his big brother caretaker kick in from the way he was talking to her and the smile that popped onto his face when she came into view. They sang the ABCs and Twinkle Twinkle together (all the kids) and Jaydn even said "JoJo" and "Bubba" (Jaxon's brother nickname). I can't wait to have them all together finally. Jaydn started to rub her eyes around 7pm so we laid her down and without a whimper, she was out! Our plan is to lock our bedroom door when we go to sleep tonight so that even if she wakes up and starts walking, she can't leave our room without us noticing :)

Things you should know about Jaydn Priscilla:
1. She is climber!! She climbs everything so that will be interesting at home.
2. She is a hauss! I can't wait to have her medical report done on Monday so I can find out how much she weighs. We predict its in the 40's somewhere. Carrying her is NOT easy- especially when she arches her back or wants to play and climb on you.
3. She has and on/off switch. Her personality changes at a moments notice. Depending on the situation and environment she can go from laughing and playful, jabbering up a storm to complete silence and wanting to be held and avoiding eye contact. I know this is normal but its so interesting to watch and experience.
4. She loves bath time and playing in the bubbles.
5. She is semi-potty trained. We have seen her pull down her pants and diaper and go to the potty without being prompted! Impressive for 2 years old in my opinion.
6. She moves a lot when she sleeps and doesn't like covers- that may change when she is actually sleeping in a cold environment.
7. Her cry sounds like a yell and can get VERY loud.
8. She likes shoes and puts them on even when we aren't going anywhere- also she likes to carry around her pink socks.
9. She loves the act of turning pages in a book. I have yet to actually read whole stories b/c she likes changing the picture so quickly.
10. Her skin is mesmerising- so beautiful, soft and dark! We love it!


Anonymous said...

Jaydn and Esther share a lot of likes! E loves baths and shoes too! just a quick FYI, be careful with the baths, keep an eye on her skin if you think she's drying out scale back the number of baths. we bathe E only 1-2 a week and we don't use soap.

bcl said...

She is so precious! I am so excited for you guys that you're there with her. Praying for a positive ruling sooner rather than later so you can get back to your other 2 sweet kids! Oh, P.S. I think the language is called Swahili ;).

Nathan Gaddis said...

Actually, the language is Lugandan. Swahili is not the language they spoke at the orphanage. :-)

Anonymous said...

English it the official language in Uganda (court and buisness takes place using English) Swahili is considered the national language (although it is not any Ugandan's native language, most can speak it)Lugandan is the language spoken in the kingdom of Luganda where Kampala is located. Most Ugandans living in Kampala speak their native language, Lugandan, Swahili and English.

bcl said...

Ok, thanks for clearing that up Erika! My sister went to Nairobi, Kenya - I think it was in 2001 - and they spoke Swahili and called the white people "Mzungu" so that is where I got that from. Oh well, I'm learning a lot about Africa! lol