Her fast breathing has subsided and the Conjunctivitis has cleared.
She continues with cream for her Atopic Eczema.
...Out of it.
Jessica just called.
Birthmother did not appear in court today, and will not be able to appear tomorrow either.
New plan. Court date October 15.
It feels as though time is now standing still.
No other words to express our feelings right now.
We ache for our baby girl.
Jessica called today to tell us that Belay in country was told baby's birthmother must now appear in court - even though she already officially relinquished and she wasn't supposed to have to be there again. The document stating the relinquishment does not read correctly and she will have to relinquish again in court. Making this happen Tuesday or Wednesday (before the 2 month court closure) may prove to be a difficult task, given the fact that birthmother does not live in Addis, but is currently somewhere outside of the city. Belay has not yet spoken with her but rather to the orphanage director where birthmother took Koko. He will attempt to find her in an effort to get her into court before the closure. It is unknown if there will be time to make this happen, but Jessica assures us they will do everything they can to find her. She said she will contact us tomorrow to let us know where things stand.
We are worrying, praying, hearts hurting.
Although 26 months was the early leader, 22 pulled ahead - YES! An elephant gestates a crazy long 22 months before FINALLY being born!
Hey! We received a new photo and update from Jessica and Joanna today. Even though we can't show the photo here, trust me when I say, it's the best one yet! She has a beautiful smile! What is apparent is that she is changing, growing fast.
Enjoy the update:
“She is laughing! And a lot of other things, too! Up to the end of the 4th month on her developmental chart she lacks only these things: roll over (one way), say ah-goo or other vowel-consonant combo, razz (make a wet razzing sound), sit without support and object if you take a toy away! She strained to do more; arms and legs moving every which way! The desire is definitely there! She is also developing a little attitude! She does not know what she wants but is not afraid to ask anyway! ‘Play with me!’ ’Hold me!’ ‘Do something, don’t just stand there!’ With cheeks like hers, I will keep trying!” --Joanna
Weight- 12.57 pounds
She is being treated for Atopic Eczema with cream.
Court date in T-minus 4 days and counting - August 5.
Fingers crossed, hoping, praying.