Monday, January 28, 2008

Home, Sweet Home

Just a quick post for now - we'll post more, with family pictures, once we've got a little more time. The bottom line is, we're home and Juliana is adjusting extremely well. She was an angel on the trip home (for the most part). She took both plane rides in stride, even the 8 hours straight from Amsterdam. No tantrums or tears - the flight attendants were very impressed.

She seems to really love her brothers, and the feeling is definitely mutual. The pets, on the other hand... well, that's another story. Let's just say that her reaction to our 3 cats and 1 dog has moderated from complete, abject terror to a very clear dislike and desire for them to be as far away from her as possible. It's actually pretty funny, but we can see her slowly moving toward accepting them. She's sleeping reasonably well, but is waking up very upset at least once each night. We're attributing that to the fact that she's used to sharing a room with a dozen other kids, so when she wakes up all alone it must be a bit scary for her. Julie just goes in and lies down with her for a while until she goes back to sleep - not a habit we want to establish, but we're cutting her some slack for now while she adjusts to this massive change in her life. She definitely seems comfortable in her new home and is rapidly putting on princess airs.

That's it for now. We'll post an update and pictures/videos soon.


Laurel said...

Welcome home!!!! Our girls were terrified of our animals for a few months. I mean blood curdling screams when they would see the cats outside the window! But now they fight over who's bed the cat is going to sleep in. :-)

So glad your trip home went well. What a blessing!


Angela said...

I have been meaning to check your blog forever - finally remembered today! I'm so happy to hear that things went as well as could be expected. How wonderful for your family! I look forward to seeing the pictures/updates.



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