It is hard to believe we have been home more than two weeks now. If you peeked in our window you'd never know Eliza and Eva have not been with us all their lives (except that they speak little English!) They play well together, freely give hugs and kisses to all family members, enjoy playing with their older sisters, have adjusted to the day to day routine, and have already started helping to clear the table after meals (for which they are praised liberally!!!!). This is not to say it's been without some bumps along the way. Eva especially doesn't like to go to bed (and can throw a good fit to prove it - LOL!). There's been sibling jealousy, fights over toys, spilled drinks, messes in the bathroom (yesterday they thought it'd be fun to sling soaking wet washcloths all over the place)- pretty much what every other family with 5 kids at home goes through. They eat more than a teenage boy, but it is a pleasure to see them enjoy their meal. (Still need to figure out how to stay on a budget and feed this crew ;-) ) . The older girls have really stepped up and help quite a bit.
Both girls have went for their first doctor appointment and eye exam (Eliza's vision was great, and I think the doctor was as amazed as we are, that Eva sees anything (she has never seen anyone who's eyes are like Eva's) ). So our 'doctor dance' has begun. Here is what I know is ahead:
Eliza- neurologist; neurosurgeon (perhaps shunt?); international adoption doctor; physical therapist and occupational therapist (we have noticed some muscle weakness in both arms and legs - not sure yet why); dentist.
Eva- neurologist (she has what may be a type of seizure - her body has just 'paused' a few times.); pediatric ophthalmologist; international adoption doctor; dentist.
Both girls will be getting an MRI and an EEG in a few weeks. I am dreading it. It requires them to not go to bed until midnight and have to be awake at 4am. They can not go back to sleep - it is an hour drive to the hospital where the tests are performed, so it will be difficult to keep them awake. In addition, since they will be sedated for the MRI, they can have no food or water after midnight. Of course they have appointments on different days, so we'll need to keep one girl from waking up the other one at 4:00.
Tomorrow is Eva's appointment with the ophthalmologist. I am anxious to hear what he has to say. It is still amazing to watch her get around so well, and I hope and pray they'll be able to help her see even better (or at least keep what eyesight she has).
We went to my brother and sister-in-law's home for Father's day (which is where our new family photo was taken). The girls had a blast, and I can't begin to tell you the feeling I had as we all gathered in a circle to pray before mealtime. It really represents what our girls have waited years for - a circle filled with the love of family and friends. Each family member and friend they meet have waited for them, prayed for them, and loved them- long before they ever knew them other than through a few photos. What a blessing!! Thank you God!!!