Sunday, December 31, 2006

Snot fest 2006

As of tomorrow evening we'll have been home with Maisie for an entire week, which is so difficult to believe. Also difficult to believe is that we're still sick, but getting better everyday. I still don't have a voice so most of my limited talking has been to Little Miss M. I'm surprised that she knows who I am day to day as I've gone from sounding normal when we met, to my Barry White voice and now on to this squeaky, broken weird voice, but she knows me and is more and more attached each and every day.

Maisie's personality comes out more and more each day and we're slowly working on getting her adjusted to life here and working on conquering her demons. Even though she is sick and having to adjust to so many new things and surroundings, she is a joy and we are so blessed to have her in our lives. She now does OK in her carseat but only when the car is in motion. Each day she spends a little more time in her highchair which allows both Eammon and I to eat at the same time. She'll do a little bit of independent play as long as Eammon and/or I are no further than 3 feet away. Next we'll work on getting her into her stroller and most importantly into her crib. Maisie has been attached to me virtually 24/7 since returning home and while I do love having her so close and allowing her to bond with me, sometimes this girl needs a rest as well as some private time in the bathroom.

We've been well taken care of by friends who have grocery shopped for us as well as all the wonderful meals that have been brought over. Even though everyone has been anxious to meet Miss M, we've really appreciated the time and space that we've been allowed to not only bond with Maisie but also for us to recover but we look forward to seeing everyone very soon and introducing you all to our beautiful daughter. I've added some Maisie pictures below, most from our time in China as well as a couple from home. I still plan to post about out trip once things settle down.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year.

No way, no how are you getting a picture of me on that sofa. Red couch photo op at the White Swan, Guangzhou.
Juan, our Beijing guide holding Maisie.
Lots of people wanted their picture taken with little Miss Maisie.
At the Great Wall.
Snuggled in Baba's arms whilst touring the Ming Tombs.
OK, I'm in the highchair but I'm not loving it.
Independent playtime.
Maisie & LiLi's first play date.

29 comments:

  1. dianne3:54 PM

    Thanks for the update(and of course the photos),nice to hear that things are starting to fall into place and everyone is on the mend.looking forward to more updates.congrats. again on finally becoming mom and dad to such a beautiful little angel.

    HAPPY NEWYEAR!!!!!
    from NB,Canada
    lid dec.19th/05

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  2. Oh Lisa......she is BEAUTIFUL!!!! her smile is priceless- I'm glad you are all beginning to feel better- nothing like being thrown in the deep end of parenting, hey?......take care and congratulations-
    Meg

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I love to see Ms Maisie.

    Now, let's just work on all of you feeling better in the New Year.

    Barry White has quite the sacksy voice but...well, not coming out of you!

    Enjoy the New Year settling in with your sweet babe :0)

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  4. Looks like Masie is setteling in just fine. Glad your feeling better.

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  5. patti in florida7:17 PM

    Delurking here to help with the voice thing...but first your daughter is beautiful! Congratulations to your family! About the voice thing...an opera singer taught me this trick (no kidding)when you're vocal chords are strained you should think of them like any other muscle in your body and apply ice. Ice chips will work in this case...grab a cup of them and just keep loading them in. It works really well in conjuction with the med's from your doc. Speedy recovery wishes to the three of you!
    Patti in Florida

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  6. Have an "a-Maisie-ng" New Year!! (Sorry, couldn't resist!!)

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  7. I hope you are all feeling better soon! Thanks for the update on home life--have a great start to 2007!

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  8. Hang in there & keep up the great work...Happy New Year you guys! XOXO

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  9. What a wonderful new year you will have with your new daughter! Wishing you all the best. Happy New Year!

    Lisa R.
    LID 11/21/05

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  10. Gillian11:44 PM

    Actually I am not too surprised about your still being sick. I think getting pnuemonia and in response flying around the world, climbing The Great Wall etc etc is not part of any recommended medical treatment plan. But then you have all that heart and backbone. It is great that you are making steps forward even while all of you are sick. Thanks for taking time to post and more pictures of all of you. The little lady has such a presence about her. Looks like they made a perfect match this time.

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  11. I have been following your wonderful blog since you have touched down in china, at least twice a day. With an LID of July 5/06 we still have a bit of a wait.
    Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Maisie is absolutly beautiful. I look forward to your updates :-)

    Happy New Year!!!
    from Ontario, Canada

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  12. HAPPY NEW YEAR EAMMON LISA AND OF COURSE, MISS MAISIE!

    Glad you're feeling better. May the next week have you all completely healed and feeling great!

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  13. I hope you all feel better soon. Sounds like Maisie is adapting well (slowly but surely...) and soon you will be chasing her around the house!
    Happy new year.

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  14. You poor thing you've been sick forever. Good to hear that each day gets a little better.

    Thank you for posting the update even tho you feel like poop! That little girl is sooo darn cute!!

    Welcome home and get well soon!

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  15. Hope you're all feeling well soon. That's gotta be tough.. with the adjustments, jet lag, etc. I feel for ya.

    Feel better & happy new year!

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  16. Happy New Year! May 2007 bring you a voice and many fond memories with Maisie!
    Hugs!
    Debbie
    PS - Can you please send me the pic's of LiLi and Maisie - so she will have a new picture to show everyone ;-)

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  17. Maisie is just adorable and I am glad each day she is doing better. It all take stime. Feel better soon. You got thrown into motherhood sick and now you know you can handle it all!

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  18. Thanks for the update. It's great to hear how everyone is doing and the precious Miss M is beginning the adjustment to her new home. It's so hard for us to understand all the changes these little ones have faced in such a short time. She looks like she's doing wonderfully and I'm so happy to hear all of you are on the mend. Continuing to pray for all of you.

    Great play area you've set up for her. I love the idea of the playmats on the floor with the gate to give mommy a moment of freedom to go to the bathroom. :o) My niece is 7 and I'm quickly learning that doors on bathrooms are only there to be opened by them when the need us. Oh well...we wouldn't have it any other way!

    Welcome home Lisa, Eammon and Sweet Maisie! Happy New year!!!

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  19. I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago...and congrats on your beautiful daughter!!! I hope you feel better soon and get to enjoy her know that you are home!
    Heather
    Waiting for LID
    www.oliviapeters.blogspot.com

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  20. Maisie is absolutely precious! She does have a beautiful smile. I cannot wait to meet her!

    Hope you all feel better soon. And Happy 2007!

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  21. Just read your blog after Tess' blog. Congrats on adopting your precious baby!

    Happy New Year!

    Jill

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  22. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Hi Lisa,
    Nice to hear your update. Maisie looks so cute. Now when I am going to see her with the Paris beret?
    Can you tell that I am going stark raving mad with the TA and CA wait?
    It is grey cold rainy and depressing in Paris. This is truly the worst wait. Seeing Lila's face and wondering about her is such an emotional experience. Thanks for sharing you lovely daughter with us.
    Cretha
    LID 08/31/05
    DOR 12/01/06
    Waiting for Lila
    and TA & CA

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  23. Happy New Year, Lisa! Glad to hear that the snot fest may end soon. Keep drinking that tea!

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  24. Hope you are all feeling better..This blog has been the greatest encouragment as we wait..thanks for adding everyone to your blogroll. Its nice to have all of those in one place,

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  25. Lisa -- thanks for the nice congrats post on Sink or Swim. I have really enjoyed following your blog, and Maisie is just a sweetie. Can't wait to finally bring our own daughter home. Can you believe we are finally Moms!?

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  26. Anonymous7:46 AM

    Lisa,

    I hope that the lack of an update is because you are all healthy again and very busy!

    Christine

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  27. Lisa,
    Your blog is awesome and your sweet daughter is just gorgeous. I love the Nursery and have to know where you found that giraffe -is it a growth chart? I am just finishing our nursery and also have a sort of "Safari" theme - well it is just stuff that I like,I will post pix of it soon since it is still kind of a mess. I really enjoyed reading about your trip and your days home. We are waiting for our TA right now to go to Haikou to get our beauty! Thanks for sharing.
    Holly
    www.baxterfamilyvienna.blogspot.com

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  28. Hey there Lisa! Just dropping by to let you knwo that I thinka bout you guys all the time and I'm hoping the illnesses and the adjusting is all coming together/getting better!

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  29. just makes me smile to see your family together at last! Happy New Year!!!!!!

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