Monday, March 30, 2009

Meeting Amelia Part 2

It's Monday evening in Seoul, and we're back to the hotel for the night. Jet lag has been really difficult, so we're calling it a night at 8:00. I've uploaded two video's of us with Amelia. She's obviously sleeping through both of them, but I thought I'd share them anyways. We're meeting with her again on Wednesday afternoon, so hopefully we'll be able to spend some time with her while she's awake before we start our journey home on Thursday morning. I won't lie, I'm way too tired right now to write a cohesive, fluid paragraph, so I'm just going to list what we learned this morning.

-Amelia is bigger than we thought. She's just under 20 pounds!

-Amelia's foster family actually had two babies-Amelia and a little boy the same age and apparently they are good little buddies. He's going home on Tuesday but unfortunately, his home will be in New York, and not Minnesota.

-We've yet to see it, since our visit this morning was during her sleepy time, but she's apparently quite the fast mover. She crawls quickly and loves to pull herself up on furniture. I think Graham is going to be in shock!

-Amelia has thankfully been very healthy! In her 9 months of life, she's only had a single cold, and the foster mother was quick to tell me that it was a very mild one.

-At this point in time, Amelia has yet to really eat anything other than her formula. Switching babies from a formula based diet to one that includes solid food isn't stressed as early in Korea as it is at home. She will, on occasion, eat a Korean form of rice cereal or porridge. We've got to get some fruits and veggies into this girl!

-Amelia likes music and enjoys dancing when she hears it. Jeff and I are looking forward to seeing this!

-Thankfully, Amelia is used to riding around in a stroller. This may not sound like a big deal, but Graham had never been in one when he came, and it took him a long time to be comfortable and content being pushed around.

-According to many of the staff we met with this morning, Amelia, or Jee Yoo, as they know her, is a favorite baby around the agency. We were told several times by different people how beautiful our daughter is. Apparently, even the American Embassy commented on how cute she looks in her visa photo. I have to admit, it is pretty cute! :)

-Amelia has a very happy personality according to her foster parents (we actually spent time with both of them this morning). She likes to make noise and babble when she's in a good mood.

I think that's about it for need for sleep is beating the desire to blog!


Amy said...

She's absolutely beautiful....Hate to say it, Melissa, but it looks like you have a Daddy's Girl on your hands :-)

Can't wait to see all three of you on Thursday! We're planning on visiting the proud big brother tomorrow afternoon for a playdate.

Love from across the ocean-- Amy, Dave, and Alexandra

T said...

She is beautiful! Cheers to one of the most amazing days of your life! :) I can't wait to see her in person.


Elizabeth said...

Oh...she's gorgeous!! Amelia looks like she is so happy to be in her mommy's and daddy's arms...and I know she will be excited to see big brother Graham (as he will be to see her!) Blessings on you both, and your beautiful children!


Uncle Glen & Auntie Betty

Anne said...

I am so excited for your family! Amelia is adorable! Safe travels back to Minnesota!



Kris Greer said...

I am speechless and crying .... what a sight to see the two of you holding your daughter!!!! I'm counting the hours till I see all of you!

Mom G. :)

Sara Banks said...

Amelia is such a doll and the video and photos are so touching. It's so exciting to know that you finally get to bring your daughter home with you. We can't wait to meet you at MSP on Thursday!

Sara & Chris