Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Still Have The Touch

Tenley's bedtime, according to the orphanage, was 8pm. She sleeps through the night and gets up around 6am. So naturally, last night, we kept her up until almost midnight and then woke her up this morning to go and finalize the adoption. Today was busy. Miss Tenley had two longish bus rides, two interview with Chinese Officials, a passport photo taken by the local Police Dept. , a nap, a walk in the park and a dinner out with all the other families in our group here. That is a full day for a 9 month old cutie pie.

So it was no wonder that by almost 8pm tonight she was ready for bed. She was, of course, cranky and that was the sure sign. Sleepy but completely unwilling to surrender because something hugely important and fun might happen while she was asleep. Michelle and I made promises not to have any fun until she woke up tomorrow morning.

About 20 years ago I used to babysit for a cute little girl and my magic touch was that anytime, anywhere I could get that girl to sleep in 10 mins flat. No fussing no mussing. I have often bragged about this to Michelle over the years but I wondered if that would hold true when we got our daughter. I am here to tell you it still works. I have the touch. This kid was cranky and squirmy but I held her tight and whispered "Wo Ai Ni" (I Love You) and she was out in 10 mins.
Michelle decided now would be a good time to take a shower and I am sitting here staring at this little creature that is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. From the moment I saw her tiny picture I was in love. Today I promised the Chinese Gov't that I would never adandon her, never abuse her, and always take care of her. Just 4 days ago I couldn't really imagine my life with a child and now after just one day I can't imagine my life without her. She is amazing.


Barbara Park said...

Jeff, You made me cry, but that is not hard to do is it? I use to stand next to your crib and just watch you sleep, actually I watched you sleep until you left home. It is amazing how your heart can feel like it will burst with love when looking at your little baby. And as you take care of her and watch her grow the feelings just get stronger. Love you lots. Mom

Tensleep said...

A big Howdy to you three. I can tell Tenley is an outstanding baby and you are great parents !! Can not wait till you get back home in Riverside so we can see the baby.
Want to thank you both very much for sharing this new adventure with all of us. Want to see your slide show of your experiences when you get back. Have a good day!! and be safe. Love to ya all. Jason & Ruthann

Anonymous said...

Darn you Jeff ... Alisa and I are tired of ruining our mascara each morning when we read your posts!!
But keep 'em coming anyways. We love to read about Tenleys adventures. She's a beauty!! tara

Anonymous said...

Oh Jeff, I can so understand how you feel. I love that baby so much and she isn't even mine. You are going to be the best dad ever. You give me goose bumps reading your blogs. All I have to say is, if I am late for work, it is all your fault.

Claire Franco said...

You guys, she is soooooooo beautiful!! Life will only get better now that you have her in it! Can't wait to meet her.


Anonymous said...

Jeff -- you brought me to tears! I just discovered your wonderful web spot and am enjoying the commentary. Tenley is beautiful - we can't want to see you all when you get home. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Patty Sullivan

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you guys! I think this blog is fabulous- you should both write a book! Tenley is beautiful. Congratulations! ~Maren

Tina, Doug and James said...

Jeff...hopefully you're a little less mad that Doug and I actually had to go and have that baby :) We're so happy for you guys. Tenley is beautiful and we can't wait to meet her in person. We printed a picture to put in James' crib. We love you guys. Come home soon...we have lots of ankles to hit with our huge strollers.