I couldn't sleep- as so many had predicted. I slept from about 1:30am-4am but then I was awake until 7am and the alarm went off at 8. I attempted to take a shower but didn't realize there was a hot water heater button that I should have turned on the night before in order to have a hot shower so I opted for the pony tail. Dora arrived at 9am and we were off to the Action For Children office for our "orientation." So great to hear about all that organization is doing and has done to help the orphans in their world. We got a breakdown of the schedule, that on paper predicts a 10 day window-which made me laugh knowing its more like 5 weeks. 10 days would be better :) Then we hopped in the car and made the drive to AN OPEN DOOR, the orphanage Priscilla has been at these past few years. We met Beth An, the director, Isaac, all the mamas and Clair. After we dropped off the supplies we brought, they told us that Prisciila has been at school the last few weeks- they hoped it would help her speech develop. So we took a walk down the street, into a play area where we stood while they brought her to us. She had the same face we had seen in all of her update photos-very cautious and trying to look like she isn't looking at you while she looks at you. We bent down and she took my hand and I kissed it. We tried a few tricks and while she never looked like she was warming up, she didn't pull away or remove her hand from within touch of one of us. They gave us a tour of the school and introduced us as Priscilla's mommy and daddy. The kids were fascinated by my hair so they all wanted to touch it and my skirt for some reason. We traveled back to the orphanage with Priscilla in tow just in time for lunch. They made us beans and pocho (its like white corn meal). It was YUMMY! Then it was "nap" time which to them apparently means roam around inside time. Because I thought they were really sleeping we stayed outside and then I snuck in to take a peep and found her bounding around, climbing all the bunk beds. I told Nathan she was smiling and laughing and that he should come see so her did and then the games began. In no time he had her belly aching with all the laughter she was squeezing out. Her smiles were brilliant. Then we heard her. Over and over again, as he would walk away in their peek a boo game… "Daaaaddddyyy." I lost it. Is she saying what I think she's saying? Nathan heard it, then the mamas and soon everyone was talking about how Priscilla's first word was "daddy." She hadn't said anything to us up to this point but she couldn't have picked a more touching word to start with. We all continued to play and as our time to leave drew nearer, the mama's decided they wanted to bathe her and dress her up for us. We watched as they lathered her up in a small wash tub and wiped her dry. We walked outside while they "prepared" for her departure. She came out in a sailor suit top and skirt and a pink sweater with matching pink socks and black shoes. It was so cute. But somehow, b/c of the attention she had reverted back to the stone face again. We said goodbye and Claire took us to the grocery store to get a few basic items and then back to the apartment. We hung out reading books and drinking water from her new cup and just getting to know each other. We hooked up with another adopting family outside by the pool so they walked us to a food court nearby and we got some dinner all together. Priscilla devoured the rice, ate a few bites of tomato but then stopped. But she had no problem trying out Nathan's french fries. We could tell she was getting tired (and she has a cough) so we came home and after changing her into a pair of pjs we laid her down for bed. She is sleeping right next to our bed so we hope she feels safe enough. Then we hopped on the internet and here we are- oh, as we took turns finally getting a hot/warm shower :) So we are amazed at how quiet she is but based on the way she reacts to us physically, I would say she likes us. Tomorrow we meet our lawyer and prepare for court on Friday! More to come…
PS you will notice we are calling her Priscilla and not Jaydn- that is b/c that is what they asked us to call her while in country. However her friends at the orphanage called her "Puli" (Poo- lee) so we have enjoyed calling her by that as well.
You can see the photos here: