Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our First Day

We spent the day visiting with friends, taking a stroller walk, walking to Starbucks, visiting our Great Aunt Tootie at her Senior Living Center, getting a social security card and swimming at Nana and Grandpa's pool. It was a perfect summer day and I hope there are MANY more to come!

Sofia is having some difficulty with the time change so we tried to get out and about as much as possible so that she could feel the "daytime" and be ready for bed tonight. I think it worked. She got some good California sunshine and took her first swim in the pool. She was a bit unsure about it but overall she did amazing since it was on the cool side.

The boys are loving their baby sister. Diego is the caretaker. He wants to make sure she is happy, safe and fed. He gave her two of her bottles today and took great care in feeding her. Mateo constantly hovers around Sofia, giving her kisses and hugs and making sure she always has a toy nearby. Joaquin stops to give a kiss here and there but otherwise that boy is BUSY! His new walking skills are WAY more interesting right now than baby sister. Too funny! He is overall VERY gentle with her and every time he kisses her he strokes his face which is the sign for "gentle" so he gets it...MOST of the time. He did sneak in a little pull of her fuzzy hair today but mostly because he was really wound up from wrestling with his brothers.

Today at the social security office we discovered that the man behind the counter helping us with our application was actually born in the same city as Sofia! What are the chances? It really truly is a small world! This ended up being a blessing in disguise since all of Sofia's official documents are in Russian and we needed them to be translated in person (they don't accept outside translations) so he was able to sit and read her birth certificate and adoption decree right there in front of us. It was so incredible! What are the chances?

A couple local news stations called today and yesterday wanting to do a follow up story on Sofia so I think I'll give them a call tomorrow. We need to let our community know that Sofia is home and so so happy!



25 comments:

  1. Her first swim in the pool... life is good now, in fact life is great! Love those pics, keep 'em coming :)

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  2. How cool that you met someone from Sofia's city! I love the pictures of the boys with their new sister. She is going to be one spoiled princess!

    Kristin

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  3. There's the picture we've all be waiting for. And in her California Poppies. Awesome.

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  4. Once again you guys amaze me!! She looks wonderful and your boys are absolutely beautiful!! What a wonderful story for our Reece's Rainbow families to share :) BTW-I was more then happy to remove her button from our blog today :)

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  5. Hi there!
    Wonderful!
    Does this girl never crie??
    And does she eat everything you give her??
    Anne

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  6. Hey Sanchez Family,
    As a Daddy, I would like to know how Hector feels about the new situation. He looked a bit exhausted and not so happy on the last photos and wasn't mentioned in the last posts.
    Regards,
    Paul

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  7. Jenn, she is soooo beautiful!!I can't look at her without crying! I'm so overjoyed for you and your fasmily!

    God Bless.

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  8. So glad things are going well---hope her little body adjusts to Cali time quickly!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Sunnie in NC

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  9. This is just beautiful! So glad things are going so smoothly!

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  10. Glad to hear that Sofia is transitioning well!! With all the love in that home.....I am not surprised!! Enjoy all 4 of them:)

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  11. Wow, thank you for the pictures!!! It looks like the fabulous foursome was just meant to be together! I wish you happiness, health and a lot of sleep!
    -Hugs from all the Gillmores

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  12. beautiful!! so happy to see sofia home with her forever family!!

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  13. So meant to be - oh I wish we were still in Sac! Loved seeing the "poppy outfit" too.

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  14. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the boys looking so happy and proud of their baby sister! This is such a miracle!

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  15. I cannot believe the guy at teh social security office was from sofia's hometown, that is truly unbelievable and SO LUCKY so he could translate right then and there and not require that you come back another time w/ a translator!!! glad you had a good first day together and hopefully you can spend many more summer days swimming in your parents pool :)

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  16. Sounds like she's getting a good taste of life in California with a busy family. The smile on the boys' faces is priceless. What a blessing that the Soc Security man spoke Russian. God's still looking out for you!

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  17. I especially like the poppies ;)

    That is brilliant about the man at the office! I don't think 'chance' had anything to do with it lol!

    I'm SO glad to see that everyone is doing so very well! BEAUTIFUL family!

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  18. The Social security man was from Dnep? More "signs" that she is just meant to be with here with you.

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  19. The Browning FamilyJune 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    LOVE IT! Congratulations - a beautiful family.

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  20. The Browning FamilyJune 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Congratulations - beautiful family!

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  21. So sweet. I love her bows. And Diego looks just like a mini Hector in that first photo. All 4 look so happy together!

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  22. What a BLESSING that things are going soooooo well, friend. The pics are incredible and tell a story of happiness and contentment. I love it!

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  23. Welcome home Sofia! It's been so great to follow your journey - all the highs and lows, but mostly the love and generosity!
    Wishing you all the very very best!

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  24. Wonderful photos. Beautiful family. How amazing about the guy at social security. God is truly working in your lives. How comforting.

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  25. Sounds like a fun, busy first day. Glad Sofia is adjusting well. Love the pictures.

    Blessings,
    Barbara

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