There is not a baby/child at Amelia’s home who I would not take home and love forever. These are incredible children. But AMELIA is so clearly made by God to be our child. We have such a miraculous chemistry so far. I know enough about adoption to know that the ease of our bond so far might get rough later, and that it isn’t always as simple as our time has been so far, so we are thankful for the gift that God has given us over the past couple of days.
My heart is so full of love for her. I think she is attaching to us. She is such a happy, loving baby that it is hard to tell whether it is attachment to us specifically, or just her beautiful, sweet temperament.
She recognizes us now and beams at us! Amelia prefers us to everyone, except occasionally Mama Sara. Mama Sara loves Amelia deeply. She calls her “daughter” and is hand making a multi-colored straw mat as a gift to send home to Amelia. She personally kept Amelia’s hair long when they shave the rest of the girls’ hair and puts up with Amelia’s screams as she lovingly fixes it. Mama Sara is happy when Amelia prefers her, and is happy when Amelia prefers us. Her heart is torn. She will miss Amelia but is happy she will go to a forever family.
Amelia will only take a bottle alone in her crib. We’ve tried to feed her ourselves, but she thinks that bottle time means alone time, and she’d prefer to be held than eat. We will have to teach her that she can have BOTH! As far as other classic “adoption attachment issues,” she shows some wonderful signs. She makes wonderful eye contact and clings back to us when we hold her. She doesn’t yet cry when we leave, but gets happier to see us with every visit.