Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Settling In

We have been home for a few days now, Ethan is back in school and life is somewhat returning to normal. Annalee is not grieving much at all, but she is on Korea time. We are taking her outside to play, which she absolutely loves and trying to keep her up as much as we can during the day.

Thankfully, hubby and I are both home, so I take the night shift, then he gets up around 6:45 to get Ethan ready for school. After he returns he takes over with Annalee and I transfer from the mattress in her bedroom floor to my bed. She is napping and sleeping in the crib, however, by 2:30am I am tired, so we just play then sleep on the mattress once she tires out. We figure it will take a couple of weeks to get over the jet lag.

The boys are also settling in...Sunday was the culmination of mayhem!!! We teach Sunday School, so hubby had to leave ahead of us. Isaiah had missed me while I was gone and is a huge mamma's boy, so he spent most of the day hanging on my leg or in my lap whining hold me mamma. Annalee was fussing to be held. We were trying to go to church and this was my panic moment of "oh three kids are so much more demanding than two self-sufficient boys...what was I thinking!"

I think the emotional exhaustion of this entire journey was finally soaking in. It is so much to process that happened in a 4-5 day period and so many moments that you are still trying to devour in your memory so as not to forget. Monday and Tuesday have been so much smoother and I have realized it will take time for us all to adjust and really there is no hurry we have the rest of our lives!

Tomorrow we will go see Dr. Toms our family doctor and hope she doesn't scream at the sight of him. She screamed in Korea when we walked into the Dr.'s office! With Isaiah, he had to take the RSV prevention shots (Synagus), so our Dr. would take off his Dr.'s coat and try to sneak in, but Isaiah still went ballistic! Oh well, that may take time too, but hopefully she will like him and she seems perfectly healthy, so we are praying for an uneventful visit! :)

Annalee is having fun getting to know daddy and the boys....crawling through the house and playing with her toys...one of her favorites is a little doll. Also, she wants to eat what we eat, so tonight we put her up to the table for her first "meal" with the family! She enjoyed the green beans, peas, and potatoes. Of course at the end of the day, she loves a bottle with daddy! Enjoy the pictures!


  1. Those pictures are too sweet! Seems like you all are doing so well, congrats to that! Love the ones of your hubby and Annalee sleeping, I bet that melts your heart. Congrats to the Ragsdale family of 5! :)

  2. I have to repeat the other comment... just so sweet! Annalee looks so peaceful. Can't believe how quickly she is transitioning! I was an adoptee myself where my adoptive dad was a soldier in Korea and my mom was Korean; I was adopted through an attorney though. My husband and I may adopt later through Dillon later. Thank you for sharing the pics of your sweet daughter. Hope she makes it thru the jetlag soon!

  3. WOW!!! Things are going so well! I'm so super happy for you! And I totally can't believe that you already went to church! I'm not brave enough for that and I even have 5 more day - LOL.

    We must chat soon. I'll trying calling you tomorrow ;)

  4. She seems to be settling in and adjusting really well. Great photos. You have such a little sweetie on your hands there;)