Do you like how I got to embrace the lull for a whole week? I will look back on that week fondly for years to come. It was really, really nice.
We are in the thick of paperwork again. Of course. It's a lot to conquer between new agency paperwork and adjusting our dossier, plus adding grant paperwork on top of it. Every single day goes by so quickly, and suddenly I look at the clock and it is 3pm or 4pm and I haven't thought to get dressed. My purpose during this time is to work diligently to get everything done for Elvie's adoption as soon as possible, while at the same time not ignoring the needs that are standing right in front of me, all dressed up and ready to go.
Zinashi is terribly excited to be a big sister. She asks me multiple times a day what "our baby" is doing. I let her call the grandmas to tell them about Elvie, and she said, "The BABY on the COMPUTER is OUR BABY. I'm the BIG SISTER." This, as I recall, was accompanied by small jumps for the most important words. But despite her excitement, I also know that this will be a big change for her, and I want to be purposeful about how I go about mothering her both now and after Elvie is home. I want to make sure that her needs aren't caught in the shuffle, and that she knows that regardless of another baby's presence in our house, she can still be my baby, too, for as long as she wants to.