I prepared myself for jet lag (especially since I do not do well with a messed up sleep pattern...ask Joe). I have yet to experience anything significant (hope I didn't just set myself up to hit a wall with that).
I prepared myself for meltdowns, temper tantrums, sleep issues, adjustment issues of every variety with K'Tyo. Notta. Nothing. He acts like he's been here his whole life & Joe & I keep waiting for the bottom to fall out. I know that sounds like me being a negative Nelly, but it is really kind of crazy. Yes, he's acted like a 4-yr-old when he doesn't much care for a directive or if the answer is "no", but I would expect nothing less. But otherwise, he seems to thoroughly enjoy every new experience with ease.
I prepared myself for Kaya to be clingy since Mommy has never been away from her. Well, here's where I got sucker-punched. She's not been clingy. I almost wish that's what I was dealing with. She's been a stinker. A naughty, rebellious stinker. At the beginning of the week, I actually felt grief b/c I felt like I lost my baby. Things have gotten better as the week has gone on, but that has been the hardest part of all of this. The good news is that she & K'Tyo are getting along really well, & he is actually very protective of her. It's quite sweet, actually. My hope for the coming week is to share some things from my journal about our time in Ethiopia (with pictures, of course!!). I can't believe we've been home a week!
Ok, so I'm sure you've heard enough of the update...here's what you really want: