Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Wednesday - Will the real Lydia please stand up?




Lydia decided that since she appears to be stuck with these two goofy people, she might as well get to know them better. As long as Gene isn't wearing a hat - she prefers Gene to me, but NOT if he's wearing a hat. Oh, and that red bouncy pony in the back? She doesn't trust him, either.

Every night after eating, Lydia get wiggly and silly. She's all smiley and bouncy. Would you believe that the moment you say "good girl!" or begin to sing, "If you're happy and you know it," that she starts to clap? What a cut up!

We tried to go walking outside the hotel yesterday to expose her to a few new things. I don't know that any of us can imagine how her life was turned upside down recently. Before Sunday, she'd hardly ever left the orphanage. If they had the doctors come to the orphanage, she may not have ever left once she arrived there until Sunday. So, a few things have been rather startling. For instance (maybe you can relate to this one) riding an escalator in a shopping cart at a 3 story WalMart was a little scary.

Some new things are really great, apparently. Having someone who will feed you on demand is pretty good. She has the potential to be quite the little empress. She can sit in a high chair and bang the tray, "FEED ME!!!" We were told she simply took what she wanted from the other girls at the orphanage. Having your own toys, toys you don't have to share, is ok with Lydia, too. One of her favorite games is to drop the toy so mom or dad will have to pick it up and give it back to her. She looks like she's saying these are all MINE. Don't touch.

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