Saturday, July 21, 2012

Zinashi the Great

There is so much I could say about Zinashi, and I never feel like I can say it right.  There have been so many big things happening in her little life lately, and yet she has handled all of them with aplomb, or as much aplomb as a five-year-old who is sometimes overtired can possibly muster.

zinashi the grownup

In Ethiopia, she became a big sister, and less than a week later, she reconnected with the family who loved her first, who loves her still.  I won't give the details of her reactions or how exactly it went, but I will say that I am so humbled to be her mother.  She walked away stronger from something that I was afraid might make her more confused.  I knew in my gut that it needed to happen, but that didn't mean that I wasn't scared that it would introduce a new level of uncertainty into her life.  And yet, it seems to have done the opposite.

breakfast with zinashi

She was so happy to get home, and I know that it has been hard for her to have both Jarod and me gone during the day, and always one of us at the hospital instead of with her.  This weekend has been good for both of us, and I feel like my time at home has given Zinashi enough of her normal life to get her through.  I suppose you could say the same of me; I have needed the normal, too, and I have needed to reconnect with Zinashi in a way that is not rushed.

pretty funny girl

She is such a delight, even when she is struggling through something, and I miss her every day that I am away.  She deserves more than just bathtime and bedtime with me, and she has been so understanding of why that's all there is so much of the time.

storytime with zinashi

Zinashi loves being a big sister, and I am so grateful that she is old enough to understand what is happening and wants to help her little sister.  She loves to tell Elvie stories and would be thrilled if I let her take over bottle and diaper duty.  Before we met Elvie, she was hot and cold on the idea of being the big sister, but now she is proud.

babysitting

Nearly two years after landing in our arms, Zinashi continues to surprise and delight me.  I really couldn't ask for more.  I look at both my daughters and think, "We hit the jackpot."  I can't imagine a better life, and I can't wait to live it all together at home.

8 comments:

  1. Dad and ihave hit the jackpot with our grandchildren-your adorable girls and the neighbor kids. :) We're looking forward to meeting grandchild #5!

    Zach realizes that the girls now outnumber the boys in the family. He's hoping you'll make it even, but I told him not to get his hopes up.
    Love to all four of you. <3
    Mom

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  2. That top most photo - oh my! - the beginnings of the woman who is to be, in the eyes of the girl. Just gorgeous. How wonderful to watch Zinashi blossom and be secure - all you have done with attachment and bonding is serving her well.

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  3. Awesome. I've been following your blog for a long time and I've missed hearing about Zinashi the past few weeks. She is a remarkable little girl. You are so blessed. I was praying for Zinashi before you left for Ethiopia, because I remembered how hard it was for my first born to get used to having a little sister. I'm so glad Zinashi is doing well. I hope and pray Elvie is out of the hospital on schedule and keeps growing and thriving.

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  4. Glad to hear Z is doing so well and enjoying her little sister. It is hard work being a big sister and sharing the limelight!

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  5. It is great to see your family continue to work through life's challenges and grow together. I'm confident both your adorable girls will continue to thrive, we look forward to your updates in the days ahead. In the meantime, know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers for continued strength and healing.
    J/K/J/ML

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  6. You are all doing a wonderful job of being a family - so proud of you! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics of Zinashi.

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  7. How sweet. You did hit the jackpot! Go, Zinashi!

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  8. She is gorgeous! You are an awesome mom to be celebrating her triumphs in this way. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. :)

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