Several people have asked how Mya (the dog) is adjusting to Zoya. Poor Mya. She is jealous, but still wants so badly to love Zoya, but Zoya on the other hand, thinks Mya is a toy that she can hit and pull the fur on! Mya is starting to get smart and not get so close, but sometimes she gets a good hair pulling. Poor puppy. Mya is learning not to jump on Zoya or jump up to get her legs when we pick her up. Mya thinks we are playing and doesn't want to be left out. Shawn has tried hard to make sure he takes her for extra walks, just the two of them. We also take her on our walk if we take Zoya for a walk and it is pretty funny. Mya is afraid of the stroller, but getting used to it. Mya doesn't want to walk in front of the stroller because she thinks she will get run over. She also doesn't want to walk behind it, who knows why. So she tries to squeeze herself next to it and almost gets run over. Mya is a sweet doggy and follows us and Zoya everywhere. She knows Zoya is different than other kids that have been in our house.
Mya is always a few steps behind Zoya just checking her out.
Mya still loves her Mommy time too. I told her she will always be my first baby. She just doesn't understand why when the rest of us leave the house together she can't come. I think she wonders why we don't leave Zoya there with her! Hehe.
She was helping to change Zoya's diaper! What a good dog!
Tomorrow Zoya has a doctor appointment just to get everything checked out and get some referrals to specialists. We have several health concerns, her heart being the biggest. We are told that the surgery she had in Ukraine fixed her heart condition (Atrial Septal Defect) but we will feel better after her heart is looked at by a cardiologist here. It also appears her sternum did not heal together properly after surgery. It is a hard pointy v-shape in the center of her chest. Nobody ever mentioned this as a problem when we were in Ukraine but it just doesn't look right. Her teeth are another concern and we are hoping none of them are rotted. She has bad breath which can be a sign, but her breath has been better since we've been home so maybe that is a diet thing. We were also told she has "far vision" so we will need to check into that as well. She may need to see an ENT specialist too. We also want to make sure her sleep patterns are normal and that she is not requiring more sleep than she should be. On Thursday we have her intake meeting to begin the process for early intervention services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, all of which I'm sure she will qualify for.
We have been busy busy busy....tired and still trying to adjust to the time change, sore from the airplane ride and from lugging an extra 24 pounds around all day long, frustrated at times with Zoya's crying spells, but none the less, happy as can be to finally have our special little angel home and be living out this dream! As I got in the car to drive to the chiropractor while Zoya napped today, it was the first time I had driven since being home, and it suddenly hit me that we were back in "real life." Parts of our adoption journey seemed like they were all part of a dream (sometimes a nightmare hehe). It seemed like for the past 6 weeks we were 100% focused on Zoya's adoption and consumed by it. We had little idea what was going on in the outside world, were temporarily relieved of our career duties, had little contact with friends and family, and so all of those things made our time in Ukraine seem strange and, now looking back, somewhat like we were in a different world than the rest of you. So today when I got in my car, for some reason, life finally felt like it resumed as it was prior to our time in Ukraine, except this time as a Moma to a sweet child. I'm not sure why it took being in my car driving to finally feel like we were back to life. Maybe it is because it was the first time since we have been home that I was alone (other than my morning showers haha) and in control of where I was going. It was nice to be back in the driver's seat knowing what each coming minute would hold. As much as I thought I had handed it all over to God, I remembered I still feel comforted by being in control, comforted by material things, and comforted by routine, mundane, every day happenings. I guess that's why we're human. We never quite learn the lesson 100%, but little by little, which each journey, we get a little better at trusting God and handing it over to Him one piece at a time.
Here are some fun pictures. We've had some visitors from Zoya's fan club over the past few days!
Here is Seth and Abby. You can read about Seth HERE
Looking like a proud friend!
Look what daddy did to her hair!!
Zoya loves being outside. Today was rainy and chilly.
Still loving her Jeep Walker!
Zoya and her new "cousin" Alivia :)