I am so sorry about posting! We have been very busy as I am sure all of you are. We are doing great! Jilliana continues to amaze us. I have many pictures to post and so many posts that I wrote in my head, but when I lay down with Jilliana at night to put her to sleep, this Mommy falls asleep. And by the time I wake up and realize I am sleeping with a foot in my mouth and a lamb making whale sounds under my head, I am too tired to go downstairs again and post. But I am committed to keeping this going for my daughters, so that they will have an account of some part of their lives. God continues to bless our family in so many ways and I continue to learn the lessons that he wants to teach me from my daughters.
Which reminds me. One night I was laying Jilliana down for bed and she had Emma's baby. She had found this pretend doll bottle and started giving it to the baby. She then took her finger and pointed to her mouth. It hit me then that she was asking for a bottle. When we went to get Jilliana we were talking to the guide before we got her and she said that Jilliana would probably take a bottle. I looked at Mike and he looked at me and we both said, "At three?" She said that she probably took one at night. I did not bring any bottle stuff at all. But then we forgot about that when the Director from the orphanage did not say anything about Jilliana taking a bottle. So when she pointed at her mouth this conversation came back to me.
The next day I found an old bottle of Emma's and I thought I would see if Jilliana would take it. I just put a little water in it and at nap time I sat down with her and pulled out the bottle. She got the biggest smile on her face and just cuddled into my lap and took the bottle like she had been taking one all the time. I know that many would not even do this for a three year old, but the extra bonding that giving a bottle to her will allow will far outweigh any negatives.
So that day I went out and bought three new bottles. That night I gave her one with just a little milk and she just laid in my arms and played with the bottle. She wanted me to hold it for her and the way she acted was as if I had been giving her a bottle since birth. I only plan to give it to her at night and in fact it has not been every night due to us being away. But those moments are priceless and I know so fleeting. I will take them and enjoy them as much as she will and at the same time I hope to build a stronger bond.