Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our Addis Routine

Monday, August 13, 2012

Life in Addis was pretty basic for us those first few days, and Eli seemed to be adjusting to our routine fairly well.  We even saw a few smiles.

When we picked Eli up from the care center, our driver recommended we take him to this park that kids really love.  The next day we had a different driver, and I'm pretty sure we ended up at the wrong park.  I was essentially an amusement park, which was way too much stimulation for Eli.  He hated it.

After a short time of wandering around, and this one awful ride, we ended up standing in the parking lot for an hour waiting for our driver to return.

Eli hating the ride and Mommy about to puke from the effects of that dang Strawberry juice.

The gray, rainy weather then forced us to stay indoors for pretty much the rest of the weekend.  And it was probably the best thing for us, just spending time together in our hotel room.

Playing, reading books, coloring, watching Thomas the Train videos on Brad's iPad.

And napping.  We took lots of naps.

It was great.  I don't think I've ever been more well rested.

In those early days, Eli cried silent tears at some point each day.  Heartbreaking.

I felt pretty unequipped to help our grieving boy, so we just held him and let him cry.  We told him over and over that it was alright to be sad, it was alright to cry.  That we understood.

And that we were never, ever going to leave him.

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