Monday, August 10, 2009


Well……….we finally have Milana. After waiting so long – the moment passed so fast, it was almost unreal. Gotcha moments are always unpredictable and ours was a bit rock n roll this time.

Poor Milana was thrust into my arms so fast, none of knew what hit us. She’d been eating banana and the Nanny just threw her at me with her mouth full and of course, she was terrified and choking on a mouthful of banana and couldn’t breath and went hysterical. Poor sweet thing. I was like a monster to her – Danny was immediately taken away to do the paperwork and poor Dahlia was in a daze. We finally settled down after about 20 minutes of some pretty rough stuff.

Know what finally calmed her down? Same thing that worked on Dahlia. Singing in her ear did the trick. I had written a special song for Dahlia that has become our song of course, and I did the same for Milana. So when my brain finally kicked into gear and I began her song, she calmed right down. Well, within a half hour she was clinging to me and no one else could get near her. Dahlia had a pretty rough time of it too. When we got back to our room, we all had a good cry (and I mean all) and we broke through and settled into a better rhythm.

We will all be fine but Milana has shut down (some of you know what I mean). I’m guessing she’ll need that 3 days to come out but right now she is in a strange place and I can only hold her till she gets through it. Poor sweet thing – it’s a heart breaker. We were suppose to leave tomorrow for a 6 hour bus ride down to Wenzhou and her orphanage for a night and return the next day but the typhoons are still around so it’s too dangerous for us to leave. We are obligated to go though so our whole trip may be affected by this. More rock and roll.

I’m having trouble with my e-mail and can only send out 1 picture at a time for the moment but in a few days I`m confident that things will smoothen out (is that even a word…I’m so tired and I wrenched my back today so I’m kind in agony right now).

Lots more details to come. Right now, there are three people in dreamland and there ought to be four!


Doreen said...

CONGRATS you guys! I've been checking all day to finally get a glimpse of the newest addition. What a little darling she is!
Keep posting. Stay well.

Doreen Faith & Mia

Leslie said...

Congrats and rock and roll!!!

Jodee Leader said...

Congratulations! She is just adorable!

Sophie said...

I am so happy for you all that things have somewhat calmed down and you can finally get some rest!What a cutie she is!! Milana will come around. Your kind heart and loving family will bring her around, and Dahlia as a big sister! that's amazing! Hang in there and yes! rock and roll. Can't wait to see all of you. Congrats! Hugs and kisses from our family to yours.

Donna said...

Congratulations! What a crazy gotcha that was but look at that sweet girl! Hopefully she won't swear off bananas after that!

Both of our Gotcha Days were this time of year so I know more than just your heart is melting. But it's a beautiful time and I'm so glad you're sharing it! I can hardly wait to see Milana open up and really get comfortable with her family. She's in for so much fun!

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Our family said...

Oh Wanda..... I am praying for you all. What an incredible time, rock and roll and all! May your beautiful little angel soon come to fully realise how incredibly loved and safe she is. You are such a beautiful family. Much love and prayers from home.

xo Jennifer

Catherine said...

Such a challenging day but so thankful that Milana is safe in your arms. Praying for all of you.

Jednet said...

Oh Wanda, Oh Dahlia, Oh Milana, Oh Danny. Hold on.

The Lesperance

June said...

Wanda, as soon as I heard about the typhoon (and the regions affected), I was worried about you all! So glad you have Milana! Stay safe! Hope your back pain goes away asap! : )

ellie said...

Congratulations! I found myself praying for you during Bible Study today so I guess that means that God knew you needed some TLC :)

We had that 3 days of hard grieving with our Tia and she clung to me with her life. That was the beginning of our amazing bond and I wouldn't trade it for anything! My prayers will be with you during this incredible adjustment period.


xo ellie

Susie and Gordie said...

Glad that Milana is finally with you despite the turbulence. All will be better in a couple of days. Milana is just too adorable! Congratulations!

Fonnetta said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so happy for your family! You are in our prayers!!

Mary, Eric and Penelope said...

Wanda, it is so good to see her in your arms. She's adorable. It won't be long before she's calling you mamma. I hope she feels safe soon. Penelope saw your pictures this am, insisted that I had Milana's name wrong...she told Eric it was "Mulan-a". I hope Dahlia is doing ok. Thinking of you all. Big hug & lotsa kisses to all of you.

Lisa said...

Praying that the next few days of transition go smoothly and praying that sweet beautiful Milana comes to understand and become comforted by the tremendous love & joy of her new family. What a roller coaster ride so far, so that must only mean its gets easier and sweeter from here on out!

Thinking of your big girl too....knowing what a huge transition she faces too!

You all look wonderful together and I have been thinking of you all.

hani said...

Natasha, Hani and Michael want to say we are very happy for you guys. We hope things get a little easier. And that you are safe and far away from the Typhoons.

Lots of love and kisses,


a Tonggu Momma said...

Congratulations! Those first few days are so hard... praying y'all have a smooth transition. Big hugs!

Teresa said...

Congratulations Wanda and family! She is adorable and I know she will eventually settle in. I think the transition may have been easier if the nanny had handled it better. Oh well.

I was camping this week and just now checked in on you. Glad you were able to calm her down and that she has appeared to bond to you. You're a great mommy and you and she are blessed to have each other.