Friday, February 16, 2007

Bringing Olivia home - IT HAPPENED!

We did it!! Olivia is finally home. I must admit that I never thought the day would come. I remember the hours upon hours of stalking adoption blogs and thinking how lucky the ones with babies are. Well now, we are lucky ones too. Olivia is adjusting well with Nanny. She gives her lots of smiles and giggles but has yet to show her her screaming middle of the night fits. I guess that's because when Olivia woke up 1am this morning me and mudder got up with her and played. That's right folkes were were playing with all here new exciting toys from 1 - 5 this monring when she finally decided to sleep. Kirk was such a good husbande to me today and let me sleep for about 3 hours this afternoon. I feel like I have been to a spa and back. Who ever thought sleep was a luxury. Nanny had a bouquet a balllons when she met us at the airport and Olivia just loves them. I put a little clip in of her playing with them at about 3 this morning (Auntie Cathy brought more today so now she has even more to play with). She is such a little angel and we are soooooooo in love. It is just really nice to actually have her home. I'm sure her schedule will be off for a little while but hopefully within the next few weeks we'll get it figured out. She didn't take her bottle before bed tonight so I'm expecting her up again before the night is over. She just went down about 30 minutes ago though so maybe she'll sleep right through.

Thank you to everyone who made comments on our blog while in China. Kirk and I enjoyed reading them everynight after Olivia went to sleep. I hope they still keep coming. It's always nice to get that on going support. I will try my best to get some home pictures of her the next couple days and post her in her "Forever family" home.

I want to send out a VERY SPECIAL thank you to Michelle (click here) for coming to the airport and to welcome us home. Olivia and I will be there with bells on when your turn comes.



Blogger Nesting For Natalie said...

Welcome home guys!!

Amy C
Oct DTC :)

12:02 AM  
Blogger Mark & Michelle said...


I was so happy to share a little part of your extra special day!!

Olivia is just as cute in person as she is in her pictures! It was great to meet her and Kirk!

Enjoy your newly expanded family!

12:12 AM  
Blogger C.J. said...

What a sweet bundle of cuteness!

I am so glad Michelle got to be at the airport. That is just wonderful and I wish I could have been there too :0)

2:19 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I am so happy that you finally have your precious girl home with you. I will look forward to seeing lots of pictures of her on your Blog! It was so much fun to share your amazing journey ... Warmly, Michelle

7:41 AM  
Blogger Michael & Tammy said...

Welcome home!!

My name is Tammy and I am group 272 with CB. I have been watching your blog as you have been in China and it is sooooo exciting and your little Olivia is an absolute angel!! When I read the part about remebering stalking blogs waiting for your turn like it would never come I had to post a comment! That is me exactly! Anyways please feel free to visit our blog (if you have the time) and congratulations once again!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Welcome home!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Olivia looks so comfortable in her forever home! Congrats again and we can't wait to meet her on March 15th. Are you still planning on meeting on at the Pearson airport????

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home guys. I am glad to here all went well.


9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy and God bless your Family!

Carol Ann Boyd, & Mason

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home, it must be some good feeling. It's brought a huge smile to my face when you talked about you guys up at 1-5 in the morning playing. I've been there many a times, and even now Logan at 22 months every blue moon decides he would like to have playtime in the wee hours of the morning.
She's a little darling I would give anything to see her in person. Come on next summer I'd say.
Can't wait to see all three of you guys next summer.
It's funny too, the sleep thing, it's precious ain't it. Before you know it she will be sleeping for 13 14 hours straight she might have even done it last night. Logan didn't sleep at all the first year and I never thought he would but he do.
Take care and say hi to nanny for me.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home! I loved following your blog. I wish you, Kirk and Olivia all the happiness in the world.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Welcome home! Your daughter is beautiful.

I guess this really does happen, huh? I really will get a baby at the end of this? LOL!

9:44 AM  
Blogger KJS said...

Thank you for sharing your journey to meet your daughter. I can't wait until our "Olivia" is home with us. Welcome home!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Magi said...

Ahh...there's no place like home. Glad you are all home safe and warm. I hope the transition stage goes smoothly and quickly for you.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the starting of a new chapter in your lives. You can call this one "Cloud 9"

We're so happy for you and can't wait to meet beautiful Olivia this summer.
Love to all
your calgary cousins

11:52 AM  
Blogger jaj said...

Welcome home!

I'm quite nervous about the length of the plane ride home, so it's nice to see people have survived it. I guess we will too.

Enjoy your time with Olivia!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Dianne&Joe said...

Nice to see you have made it home with your BEAUTIFUL little angel.

We really enjoyed following your wonderful journet to China and back,and look forward to any new updates.

Congratulations again,
from Saint John,NB
CB group 253

1:24 PM  
Blogger redmaryjanes said...

How wonderful that you are safely home.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys. It's hard to believe you've been to China and are back in Canada already! I loved watching your blog while you were gone and I hope you continue to post pictures (If you can keep your eyes open). Olivia is gorgeous!


1:55 PM  
Blogger Deb and Sean said...

Welcome home!
It has been a pleasure and honor to follow your journey ... yes I have stalked you and many others in the hopes it will help time pass and prepare me for the upcoming adventure of a lifetime. Wishing you all the best ... perhaps in about 6 months we'll join you at the 'Panda Club' ..........


2:02 PM  
Anonymous Paula's Mum said...

I bet you are so glad to be home where you can start getting things more back to normal. You have a lovely daughter and she will thrive because she has two very loving parents.
Cant wait for the day to come when I can go the airport and welcome home Paula Brett and Chloe. I am keeping my fingers firmly crossed that it will happen this year.
Enjoy your lovely little girl.
Paula's Mum Pauline

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Debbie! It is SO good to hear you are home safely!

Keep in touch in Autumn Dreams! We need all your wisdom and encouragment as we press on!

Autumn Dreamer
LID 10/28/05

2:42 PM  
Blogger Emmie said...

Congrats! Glad you had a safe trip!

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Home Olivia, Glad to hear all is well. Welcome to the family. See you in July. Have a great 1st birthday.

Uncle Clun

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Phyllis, Tony and Foster Family said...

So glad you are all home and enjoying all the ahhhhhhhhhhh with Olivia. She is so georgeous. Before you know it she will be sleeping 10-12 hours a night. It will feel like Olivia has been in both your lives forever.
Welcome home and God Bless this family of three.
Take care and enjoy!
Phyllis, Tony and Aunt Betty W.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Welcome home!!! Olivia is so cute. I can't wait to finally be home just like you wrote....your right you stalk blogs for so long...just being so envious...then its your turn.

I loved following your story over in China. Glad you are home safe.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Cat Lady said...

Thanks for sharing your journey!


5:13 PM  
Blogger Lee-Anne said...

So glad you're home safe and sound! Oooo 3am? She looks too awake for 3am! Hope she settles into the timezone quickly!!!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Welcome Home!!
I read your blog daily while you were gone and so enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home! I enjoyed following your blog in China and think that Olivia is very cute. So much more hair than Kelly had at that age! And a nice size (what did she weigh at her medical compared to what you thought she might be?)

Thoughts on beating the jet lag and making the time change:
you have to keep her up late at night so she is really tired and keep her day time naps really short. Wake her up and get her busy with noisy toys or a bath. It seems very cruel but it works. Also, getting outside in the sunlight (I know it is cold) for a bit will help. We travelled in Jan. so outside time didn't happen much but a few minutes of cold and fresh air will do wonders to keep her awake.

If you don't, you will be up in the wee morning hours playing for a while because she thinks that's what she is supposed to do. We did that for a few nights than followed this advice and slowly turned Kelly's clock around. You will feel zombie like for a bit when you aren't sleeping much at night.
And sleep when she does!!!!!!!!!!
Keep it dark at night-reassuring but quiet and not real stimulating so she gets the message that it is time to sleep and not time to play.

These ideas worked for us. Type questions on cbridgechat for ideas (I did) and slowly things will turn. Kelly needed me to stay in her room alot at the beginning-holding her hand through the crib rails but then I could go to sleep in our room and go back and forth.

Welcome back and hope these tips help.
And for people who haven't travelled yet, take note and you will have some ideas for when you return.

Theresa, mom to Kelly who turned 4 last week!
Back to report card typing! Kelly is asleep. DH has a horrible cough and I need to get my work done. This was a quick break in between the next set.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Andrew & Stephanie said...

Welcome home!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an adorable bundle of joy!!!!!! :)

10:18 PM  
Blogger A Special Family said...

sooooooo happy you are home safe and sound!
Welcome home mom and dad :)
I mentioned Olivia in my blog today, hope that was ok!!!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Welcome home Debbie and Kirk and beautiful Miss Olivia!

6:50 AM  
Blogger a&mg said...

Welcome home!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with all of us!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Congratulations on your complete journey! Olivia is beautiful!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Olivia is adorable! So glad you made it home safe! Good luck on the sleep schedule!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Ruby said...

Welcome home, glad to hear all went well. Pictures are lovely - enjoying the blog. Keep them coming. Love to all and God Bless.

Ruby & Wilson

9:04 PM  

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