1/3/2002 - 4th day with Anna
We have had Anna for 4 days.
She has changed so much. We don't know if she was just never taught to
do things by herself or she was just too shocked to do anything. When we
first met her, she could even hold her own bottle and only could take a
few steps humbly. In just a few hours, we taught her how to hold her
bottle. By the next day, she played and laughed freely. She learned to
offer kisses and started to share her food. She started to walk all by
herself and enjoyed every step of it. She is showing up all her past
year development in just a few days so we don't miss anything! It was
hard for us to see her so far behind in her development at first.
However, we feel it was God's will to let us to take care of her. We are
glad that we have the chance to teach her all these baby things now. In
just a few days, she already caught up a lot.
We can't visit our orphanage.
We were told that our orphanage is not in any condition to host visitors
and is far away. However, we will be allowed to visit Chuzhou orphanage
tomorrow where other babies in our travel group come from. We hope we
can come back to visit Anna's orphanage in the future when Anna is a
little older. Since she is bonding to us so well, Berthold does not mind
not to visit her orphanage to confuse her even more.