We’ve eased-in the friends and family with short visits outside the house. The little lotus is not really afraid of or connected to anyone (including us, so far), so she’s a pretty cool cucumber when it comes to seeing new faces. And all those faces out there continue to spoil us rotten with support. Between the thoughtful gifts (like the bumble “bee” art piece and water drums for the tub, perfect for our drummer in the making), neighborhood meals rotation, donated clothes since our gal is smaller than expected, and even just juice from the bakery next door to fake Julia into drinking “spiked” water… this village of love is helping our tribe of three get adjusted to the whole new family thing.
We’ve tried to get out and about a little bit in these early days. Due to her ongoing cough and (come to find out) ear infection, we had to cross the river outside of our ‘hood for her first doctor’s appointment. We also ventured out to take the Bee to her first U.S. grocery store. Non eventful. Then we ate at a few of East Nashville’s favorite spots (one of the best “firsts” yet came outside a much-loved restaurant when we let Julia put a bare foot in grass; her rather hesitant, stiff-legged reaction is seen below). And finally, she joined us for a long-awaited introduction to our beloved High Garden tea shop (a place we missed while gone!).
But cocooning 101 says we should spend as much time indoors as possible, just the three of us, to foster the attachment and give the little lotus a sense of stability. So just like hotel rooms throughout China, we’ve spent a lot of time in the floor together, exploring every nook and cranny of this place. But, ahem, not every THING in this place, as she could care less about Duke so far, the big furry guy that weighs just as much as her. We’re proud to say that our tiny one (once described by paperwork as “timid”) is getting more and more brave by the day, to the point where we’ve caught her crawling into an unknown room in the dark to check it out herself. She’s an inquisitive little thing, very careful to tap everything she first sees with either her fingernails or favorite crescent-shaped plastic toy (as seen in the video below, her way of understanding something is seemingly by hearing the sound it makes).
Truth be told, her cautious, curious nature has made these first few days a breeze from a parenting standpoint. She’s been content simply exploring, tapping away, and seeing what noises different pieces of Tupperware make against every object in sight, though these two eager parents itch for every chance we get for personal interaction. Funny enough, since she can (and does!) easily spend 10 minutes flipping and crinkling a mere piece of paper, she hasn’t yet even figured out that there’s a downstairs to his house. We’ll be sad, for sure, once this innocence and simplicity is gone. Like the lyrics say: