As my mother and I worked hard to hydrate and soothe Godson, my dad stepped up and started grandfathering Shekina immediately. He was a gigantic help, even if he did let Shekina eat too much peanut butter and play on the iPad for way too long! Whatever works at this point!
All in all, it has been an extremely tough but rewarding and exciting day. We can tell that Shekina will have absolutely no difficulty attaching. She latched on to all three of us immediately, and we'd like to think she is happy to have a family to call her own. We hope Godson will feel the same way once his health improves and his despair about leaving the orphanage fades. (Right now he is very congested and has a slight fever. Thank goodness we brought lots of meds!)
We feel extremely lucky to have these children in our lives. Please bear with us if we don't return your emails or Facebook messages right away. We are very busy administering meds (including scabies medicine and penicillin), trying to understand Lingala, trying to navigate our way around this country and its ways, and trying to be good parents/grandparents! Thank you all for your support.
Anna, the overwhelmed and mind-boggled new mother