Nine months ago today, Rachel joined our family. Katherine and I were talking today about one of our favorite memories of that day. I have posted before about the first few hours with Rachel and how scared and upset she was. But that only lasted a few hours, then our girl began to shine. After we were back at the hotel and Rachel had calmed down, Steve and my Dad left (to the bank? to Wal-Mart? I don't remember where). Mom, Katherine, Rachel, and I sat around studying each other. I decided to change Rae, since she'd been in the same diaper for hours. Rachel's foster mother had sent a big bag of goodies for her and diapers were at the top, so I pulled one out. I reached for the tabs and discovered there weren't any! Rachel was wearing a dress over a split-pants shorts outfit, so I checked out her diaper situation. She had a length of elastic tied around her waist and a tabless disposable diaper tucked in it front and back! (The babies in Katherine's orphanage had a similar system, only with cloth diapers.) I broke out the Pampers, gaining a new appreciation for those little velcro tabs.
After the diaper change, we sorted through the rest of the bag from Rachel's foster mother. There were little packages of the crackers like the ones Rachel was clutching when we received her, a photo album crammed with pictures, a little backpack, and six little plastic bottles of some sort of white liquid. Rachel reached for the bottles and made it clear that she wanted them. I had no idea what they were. They had the words Jinwei printed on them, a different color for each bottle, and foil tops. I peeled back a top and sniffed - seemed to be drinkable yogurt, lime flavored from the smell. Now how did Shen Shen drink it? I handed it to her and she just held it. I tried putting it to her lips, but she didn't know how to drink from the bottle. I tried pouring some in a cup. No luck. Finally Mom rummaged through the goodie bag and found a set of tiny coffee-stirrer size straws. Rachel started bouncing with excitement. I poked a straw in the bottle and she downed it in about 30 seconds and then begged for another. By this point, we were all laughing. Here's our poor starving baby and her new Mama is such an idiot that she can't figure out how to feed her! Rachel saw us laughing and honored us with a grin. Rachel drank a lot of Jinwei during our time in Guiyang. Granny and Poppy searched and searched until they found a tiny little corner store that sold that brand and we stocked up. Jinwei was obviously comfort food for Rachel and she was always happy to see the little bottles.
So the pictures for today are favorite snacks, then and now.