Monday, April 25, 2011 is Gotcha Day!! Today is the last day we visited before leaving the orphanage for the last time with Julia and Aaron with us....YAY!! Tomorrow will be a day for Aimee and I to pack for our trip home and I need to work on filling out some paperwork for the embassy.
Julia was holding this ball and shaking it back and forth for a very long time. She loved listening to the sound of the jingly ball inside. I took two minutes of video, but again, I can't seem to get it to upload here. It was uploading for a half an hour and then stated there was an error occurring. Not sure what the problem is...bummer! It is so cute to see the concentration on her face as she shakes the ball. At one point, she dropped the ball on her face and it must have smarted. At first she had a very startled look on her face, rubbed at her face with her hands, and then a few seconds later started crying. It is the sweetest, softest cry you have ever heard. You would probably not even know she is crying by the noise, except for the look on her face. So pitiful. For about 10 minutes the tip of her nose remained red. I loved her up and gave her back the ball and she quieted down. It is so pitiful to hear her sweet cry, she had me in tears.
Aaron is very attached to me. When we are at the visits here, Aimee and I are usually with John and Amy Hinz visiting with their children, Dusty and Sonya. They have noticed that whenever I leave the room or walk away, his eyes are on me and sometimes gets upset. I have gotten in the habit of making sure he knows I am coming back. His whole face lights up when I return. It is also very obvious that he knows I am his mama apart from Aimee, John, and Amy. But he is also not overly physically clingy. I suppose this is a good thing, since at home he will be one of 6!! Today he was getting very frustrated with his building. Something was not going right and he threw one of the blocks in agitation. I tried to help him, but since I can't understand what he was saying, I was kind of useless. I just brought over some more blocks for him and watched. He must have figured it out because he was eventually satisfied with his structure. Our driver, Edward, has been immensely helpful in communicating with Aaron. A few meltdowns have been averted due to someone being able to translate between us. I am sure the meltdown will happen at a point when no one will be there to help us communicate. I was joking with Edward today that I should buy him a plane ticket for Wednesday and he come home with us until Aaron learns sufficient English.
I can't wait until Monday when I will be able to post pictures of Julia and Aaron wearing something different : )