Q: How are you doing since the birth?
A: In the mercy of God, this feels like one of the fastest and easiest recoveries I’ve ever had. But because I’m planning to travel with Joe to pick up Tommy in just a few weeks, and life after that will be very full, I am taking the need to rest and heal very seriously. We know many of you prayed that our baby would turn head down; thank you. We are so grateful that I did not need a C-section.
We’re finished with academics for the year and have begun our three-month summer break. The weather has been inviting the children outdoors. We’ve had little company, and several friends have brought meals to help. My midwife comes to our home to do the post-partum checks of mother and baby, so I’ve not needed to go out. I’m reading my way through books I’ve been saving up for these quiet weeks.
We’re seeing the results of the hard work we put into simplifying, streamlining and organizing. Right now, there is a refreshing absence of pressure on our family, and a peaceful leisureliness in its place.
Q: What do Verity and Katie think of the baby?
A: After taking a day to get used to the idea, Verity is now discovering the delights of having a real baby to hold and love.
“Pat, pat, Baby Ben,” croons Verity.
…and gives him the tiniest, tenderest baby kiss.
Understanding that Katie is cognitively around the age of 8 or 9 months old, it makes sense that the new baby hasn’t made any impression on her yet.
But she’s making some progress I want to tell you about in her very own post, one of these days. With lots of photos I’ve saved up!
Here’s how I learned that she can now get into the bathtub by herself and pull down all the toys she can reach! She heard the water running and that’s all the motivation she needed!
“Haha! Now I’m all set!” her face clearly says!
Q: What is the word on Tommy? Do you know an approximate travel date?
A: Having Benjamin here makes me more eager than ever to have our whole family together!
Our in-country agency is on vacation until Monday, and then we expect to receive travel dates for early June to bring Tommy home!
P. S. If you haven’t done so already, may I urge you to read this post and respond by helping the Huizinga family with their last chunk of Penny’s adoption expenses? As of right now, they lack only $1960–so close! If you have already given, bless you!
Also, I’ve added a couple more families to the A Little Help for our Friends II post–you may want to check it out again and look for the new faces!
***Wednesday night UPDATE: Thank you, friends! Only $1363 left to go!! This is so doable!!!