23 January 2008
This past week has found our little Aitugan more often sleeping and fevered than well, though we believe we are on the way to recovery now that it's source - infections in both ears - has been identified and put on notice.
Before the fever set in however, Aitugan enjoyed several days with her Nonna (my mother), and continued her stellar tradition of going anywhere and everywhere with us. After a further 6 meals out in local restaurants this week, she is becoming quite the social butterfly.
She is very engaging and has found a new fondness for waving hello and goodbye to everyone and everything - people, animals, photos and music. As one might imagine, it is incredibly endearing.
Everywhere we go, new friends sprout up. Sure she'll play coy and reserved for a moment or so, but before long it is big smiles, angelic giggles, and her own special dialog of sounds, syllables, grunts, snorts, and groans.
This weekend we are off to Florida for four days of family, friends, sun, green grass, and of course, sea and sand.
We'll spend Friday night with my step mother, then be joined saturday afternoon by my father for the rest of the weekend. Also, our dear friends Winston and Caroline arrive Saturday morning with their son Charles.
We last saw WInston and Caroline at their wedding in Atlanta a couple years ago and, having both begun families through adoption since then (Charles was a domestic adoption), have eagerly sought a time to come together again.
As it happens, Charles and Aitugan are just two weeks apart in age and, as they have been with him since birth, Caroline and Winston have become a valuable resource to us in our process to become parents and to care for Aitugan's needs.
Hopefully the weather and flights will cooperate and we will come back next week with numerous photos and stories of our time together.
Soon all of this 'honeymoon' time with Aitugan and both of her parents home all day will come to an end as KJ is set to return to work on 04 Feb. It will be a rough time for all. But for now, we plow ahead at full speed. Take Care.