Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Now That's Just Nutty

Just yesterday my darling dear Julia sent us a video of Miss Ava Lende staring mystified up into the camera from her crib in Addis Ababa. Ava gripped Julia's finger and at one point was so amused by her charming interviewer that she gave what appeared to be a half giggle and then attempted a half roll-over. I like to think she waved at me at one point. Also, she stuck her right foot in her mouth which both Papa and I attempted to do later. (Too hard!) Good stuff really. Of course then some serious pining kicked in. The crib was little, and she'd baby drooled on her shirt, and what if she's lonely? She rightly looked a little dumbstruck by the current circumstances of her constantly shifting life. Getting pictures is easier. They're static stills of a personality: Ooh, look at her smiling! Look at her sitting up, looking like she's about to topple over like an egg! Look at her eating! (Eat, eat, little child!) The video, while my greatest treasure (Julia, I believe I shall buy you a gelato factory as thanks), left us both feeling awful blue. This child was so far away.

Our case worker has just now called. We have a court date. It's May 25. Memorial Day of course. We didn't expect to get word of this sacred day for at least another month. I'm mentally preparing for a scenario in which we do not pass the first time, or even the second. Best to stay on guard. (But oh my, oh my, this does feel like a lucky day. Luck we'd stopped imagining would blow in our direction. Hold on, flexible, drooling, pink-tongued baby girl. Mama's coming!)

11 comments:

Julie said...

I believe she did wave at you, I do. May is not so far away. Julia is awesome! Ava Ava Avvvvvvva !

coffeemom said...

OH BOY!! A court date! They are really clicking along now!! So excited for you, praying for court now, for you!

And I know just what you mean about the video....but still, she's doing great and soon soon, will be in your arms! Congratulations!! M

Ellen said...

Yay!!! A court date!!! I bet it is so hard and so comforting at the same time to see the video. Not long now mama!

Jen said...

Yeah! So glad to have company:) Let us pray for a "memorable" memorial day. Can't wait to see that little Ava.

PS My kids love mama dog... we have two large wonderful dogs (Golden and Bernese Mountain Dog). They wish that they had thought of it.

Christine said...

I'm glad you got video and new pics. It's good to learn about this part of the process through your eyes. I am feeling better prepared for this part of the wait. How I want that court date to be THE one!

Christine

msl said...

Big great news - A COURT DATE!!! Hey, May is just around the corner!!!

Blog Shmog said...

Wow, a court date! That is wonderful news!

Meredith said...

Oh, my how I wish for this same date! Congrats friends! I'll keep you posted.

Ted and Lori said...

Court dates are exciting, no matter what. Be excited. But you're right to be prepared too (believe me).
Someone took a video for us that somehow got lost along the way. I was really really really sad, but reading this makes me less sad. I can only imagine the pining it would have caused. I was pretty over the deep end with pining already.

Stacie said...

Yay for video and court dates!

los cazadores said...

I bet little Ava and little Olly are friends. Julia is the best.

Cindy