Saturday, October 22, 2011

More Mila :)



We had good visits with Mila today. We have been visiting her twice a day and she can usually only stay awake for about an hour or an hour and a half before she just can't keep herself awake anymore (even though she tries hard lol). That's okay because I love watching her sleep. As I held her today I just thought about how I am so thankful we followed God even when we were experiencing broken hearts, trusting that He knew best. I can't imagine not having our little jelly bean. After 4 days of visits, her Daddy and I are already head over heels in love with her. It is obvious she needs us now.

She was first posted on Reece's Rainbow on September 16th. Only 5 days later, on the 21st, we found out we would not be able to adopt Laina. On September 23rd, we committed to Mila (known as "Harlene" on RR). On the 29th, we were given our travel date, and just over a month after she was listed on RR we were holding her in our arms! Her profile on RR said this:

Harlene needs a family, QUICKLY, as she has heart issues which will need to be addressed. She has a defect of the chamber wall, subaortic, and she has pulmonary hypertension issues.
How's that for quick? As I look back on our journey, I see that God had this one from the beginning. As much as it hurts to lose Laina, she was not the daughter God planned for us. I 100% believe God knew all along that Mila would be our daughter. He used Laina's story to get us to Mila. The timing of things, as I look back, is too perfect to just be coincidence. After we lost Laina, I wondered why in the world we got our I-171H approval in record time. Now I know. Mila desperately needs us to take her home and nurse her little body to health.







She always feels so warm to us so we took her temperature tonight and it was about 100 degrees. It's pretty hot in her room, but I don't know if that could cause her to have a consistent fever or if there is something more to it. We heard her cry for the first time because they woke her up to bring her to us for our morning visit. Poor little thing sounds like a cat when she cries. We got to feed her again today. She struggled through it trying not to fall asleep. She was so hungry but so tired at the same time, I felt so bad for her. Eating definitely wears her out. We are figuring out her little signs for what she needs. When she is hungry she starts to fuss a bit and then usually finds her mouth with her hands and sometimes sucks on her finger. She is having a hard time tolerating being held upright, probably because she has pretty much been laying in her crib flat on her back for the last 7 months. If we hold her upright for too long she will arch her back and fuss until we hold her in the typical baby hold. She is so funny when we do hold her upright she hates it because she can't see the face of the person holding her! So she uses all her energy to tip her head back just far enough to make eye contact and then she is happier. She has started cooing a lot more and it's the sweetest sound ever. Shawn got her to smile THREE times during tonight's visit!! He was being silly and tickling her back and she had real genuine smiles....it made me so happy I just about cried. Looking at tonight's pictures, I see a visible change in our sweet girl. In just 4 days of visits she is coming more and more alive. I can't wait to see our jelly bean when she is healthy! She is a fighter for sure!




Thanks again for all your prayers, support, donations, and LOVE! We are soaring on wings like eagles!

23 comments:

  1. Mila is so adorable, and she is one lucky girl to have you guys there for her.

    I hope that everything continues to go smoothly for you, and that you will get to bring your jelly bean home really soon!

    Btw, I'm originally Russian, so if you need my help translating some words or something like that - I'm here...

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  2. I love to see God in all the tiniest pieces. It is so hard when you see one door close but then when you look back and realize the perfect door opened that he wanted you to walk through. So happy for your family! Can't wait to see her with Zoya!

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  3. Wow, she is just so beautiful and such a tiny peanut! I love the last picture. Isn't God amazing! He truly is an on time God!

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  4. There are no words to describe how beautiful she is. She is stunning , I showed her to all the other teachers at my school and they all fell in love! Her eyes just catch you and make you want to keep looking at her. I am excited for you guys to get her back to the US and get some medical care whatever that may be!

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  5. I'm in love too. Look at Mila, so incredible precious! I can't wait for your family to be reunited.

    Love to you all. Continued prayers coming your way. :)

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  6. When I see her in your arms - I am caught between wanting to cry for joy and also feeling a deep need to pray. She definitely is fragile and I am covering her with my prayers that she will be kept safe until you get her across the waters and into the care of doctors who will help her. We truly serve an amazing God. To orchestrate all that He did for one little teeny tiny babe. What a testimony of His tender love and mercies for the very least of His creations.

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  7. Mila is absolutely gorgeous! She is just so perfect, I can't get over it! I can't wait to see pics of Zoya and Mila together. I'm very happy for all of you!

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  8. YES!!!GOD is GOOD!!!ALL the TIME!!!It is such a MIRACLE how HE lead you to your BEAUTIFUL MILA!!!
    GRATEFUL and in AWE with you how AMAZING GOD is creating your FAMILY!!!
    we keep PRAYING and sending lots of Love to you ALL!!!

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  9. She is almost the cutest thing ever. ( I can't say she is because Miss Zoya might be offended). Your family is amazing. I love what you are doing, and I love the hearts that you two possess, to see a need, and to fill it. If only we all could answer the call so easily. You ALL are inspiring. And you make the world a better (MUCH BETTER) place. Thank you for continuing to be an example of God's love. And for publishing it here for the world to see. Praying in earnest for you all!!

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  10. I am going to be 100% honest with you...... Mila looks like a totally different child in these pictures! It's amazing what a little love can actually do and it shows. Many prayers to get you all back home soon so Mila can get the medical attention she needs.

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  11. She's the cutest little girl! Love her name!

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  12. Aw, this post made me cry! I love you, Lil' jelly Bean, I do! Jesus made you Sooo Special, He did! And, the change in your sweet little face is precious. You really, really like your Mommy and Daddy, dont'cha? I can tell. You're looking more alert and your eyes are brighter. I can hardly wait to see how you are going to grow bigger and stronger.

    Okay, NOW I can talk to you, Sara and Shawn! You are SO BLESSED! And, I believe you are so right on, about how He used Laina to bring you to Mila! She is definitely meant to be your Daughter! You are gonna have a house Full of Cuteness! Between Zoya and Mila, they don't come any cuter! Seriously now, I'm so glad you're there and I'm praying that your court day will be soon! You Little Jelly bean needs to come home. As far as the fever, I think it's probably from being over-dressed and being kept so warm. But, I'd keep an eye on it! How cute are you to bring a thermometer with you?!! Take care of yourselves and each other. I love how He has made this trip a lot easier than your last trip! I remember how difficult it was. Give Miss Mila a kiss on her soft cheek for me! Hugs ~ Jo

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  13. Congratulations. She is an angel.

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  14. She is truly beautiful and her sweet little face seems more alive each day, she has such expression in her eyes, all in all wonderful things come in small packages!!!!
    This time next year she will be so different as you already know with sweet Zoya love does amazing things!!!

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  15. Mila is beautiful! I'm loving all of the pictures. Hopefully you can get her home soon.

    Cindy

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  16. I cry at every new post. She is truly a miracle and this was meant to be. She is beautiful and I cannot wait to see her blossom.

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  17. And a new outfit today, too! *grin* She is SO beyond precious. My daughter walked into the den when I was looking at your blog yesterday and stopped in her tracks asking, "Who is SHE?!" She was so taken by that sweet expression. Prayers for a quick court date.

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  18. We have dealt with pulmonary hypertension in my home-grown son since he was born four years ago. It is so important to treat it as young as possible. I'm so happy that Mila will soon have the medical care she needs to live a long and happy life! God bless and watch over you.

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  19. Our family started following your blog shortly after your adoption of Zoya. We rejoice with what God has done through your family and pray for a speedy process to get your newest angel home. And I must say...Mila has clinched it for you guys-you now officially have two of the cutest daughters on the planet! Praise God for His goodness in bringing you 4 together!

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  20. She is beautiful...hope you are getting some rest.

    Stephanie Lynch

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  21. These are beautiful pictures. Her little personality is slowly coming out. I'm sorry I meant to say, judging by your child, in my other post. She is doing great and looks so happy.

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