We just received news that friends received their referral for a baby girl from China! We are so happy for them because they've been waiting 2 1/2 years for this day! On their blog they wrote that their youngest son was initially less than enthusiastic about their upcoming adoption, but now that the adoption is real, and he's seen pictures, his attitude is rapidly changing. That got me to musing about the twins.
When we started the adoption process, and the twins were interviewed for the home study, they were also less than enthusiastic about the idea. They didn't want us to adopt at all. They said they wouldn't play with the baby or pay any attention to it. When we were matched with a boy, they were even more adamant! They were not-so-secretly hoping for a girl and were VERY upset when that didn't turn out! Even when we got picture updates for the next six months, they didn't want to see the pictures.
In the past month since Ephraim came home, I've hardly been able to touch him! They fight over whose turn it is to hold him, feed him his bottle and push him in his stroller. The other day they were pinching each other and crying. When I went in to break it up I found out they were fighting over who got to change his wet diaper!!
They've been so attentive I've had to make rules: (1) They can only change his clothes if his clothes are dirty. (2) They can only change his diaper if the diaper is actually wet. (3) They can no longer wake him up when he's sleeping.
I caught them the other morning at 6 o'clock getting him out of bed. Apparently they've been waking up early every morning since we got home, getting him out of bed, and sneaking him to the playroom. That way they get an hour each morning to play with him without having to share him with anyone else! These are the two who said they'd ignore him when he came home! I guess I can't complain, and I guess I can share him a little if they are going to give him so much love!
I'm a work-at-home mom of thirteen children ranging in age from twenty-six years old to five months old. Eight are home grown and five were adopted internationally (Russia, Guatemala, Vietnam and Ethiopia). We live on an 85-acre farm, and we have home schooled since 1986. My husband is a family physician in solo practice. I manage his practice and file the insurance claims.