Saturday, August 20, 2011

Meeting Ivy

I've read these posts many times and know you all just want pictures first. And I cant help it either, she is the cutest!

The moment we dreamed about has finally happened. All we had known up until this point was her birthdate and down syndrome diagnosis. We had one blurry picture and no information on her health. None of it mattered though because God clearly showed us she was meant to be ours from the beginning and whatever else was just, whatever. Of course we wanted her to be healthy and happy, but that isn't always the case. We are so happy to learn her medical and family history with no surprises. She has a hole in her heart which does not require surgery at this point. That is her only health concern but obviously we will have her checked over well at home and go off that information.

She is an absolute ball of sunshine! She is very playful, full of smiles, and interacted well with us. Rob was playing with her and touching her nose. She really liked this and would laugh and then put her little head out and nose up so he would do it again. If we are tickling her or making her hands clap and she wants to do it again, she will move our hands in place so we will repeat. Today we had our first official vist and got to take her outside. We were allowed to feed her a banana and she gobbled it right up. She seemed a little fussy after that so I'm not sure if maybe she was upset that she didn't have more? After a few minutes of walking around with her she became very relaxed and snuggly. She had the drunk look, half opened eyes, and smiling/giggling at everything. It was really cute.

She is super tiny! We were told she weighs 8kg which is around 17 lbs, but I'm thinking more like 15. Its hard to tell what size clothes she wears - 12 months would be best but if its a range I'm not sure if it would be 6-12 or 12-18 months. I brought all 12-18 and took some with us today to hold up to her but didn't get a chance since we were outside the whole time. I did try her 12-18 month shoes from Old Navy and they were just a tad big but fit ok. That makes me think 12-18 months clothes would be ok too with some growing room.

So now we settle in to our visits and get to know Ivy. We get two 1.5 hr visits per day mon-fri and one on sat. mornings. We are so thankful for God's provisions and blessings. This journey so far has been incredible and we look forward to watching Ivy blossom and become all God created her to be!


  1. Oh, she's gorgeous! Congratulations and enjoy your time!

  2. What a doll! She is beautiful! So happy for you!

    Rachelle (adopting Gideon/Eddie in 54)

  3. She's gorgeous!!! Congratulations mom and dad!

  4. That is so awesome! She looks so excited and happy to have you there.