First of all, thank you all for the sweet, encouraging comments that you have left for us. It means the world to us to know that so many of our family and friends love and care for us and our new baby. Also, thank you to our family and our friends who helped us celebrate the referral of Julianna last weekend and for your prayers and encouragement on this long road we have been on to get to our precious baby girl.
We officially decided on a middle name for our baby girl! Her name will be Julianna Marie Jernigan. (Ed actually got to pick out the middle name!) Of course, I had to ok it! :) Also, we received the translation of our referral and learned a lot more on our sweet baby:
-She is in foster care (This is a specific answer to prayer. We had been praying that she would be in a foster home in order to help with bonding and so she would get more one on one attention.)
-She gets up at 6:00 am, goes to bed at 8:00 pm, and takes a 2 hour nap (She should fit in just fine with us!)
-She eats 4-5 meals a day - she takes formula mixed with rice cereal, eats noodles, eggs, and congee.
-She has a ready smile and enjoys reading picture books.
-Her favorite activity is to play games and her favorite toy is a doll.
-At 5-6 months old, her facial expressions were like "colorful pictures".
-At 7-8 months old, she could sit alone freely, stand for a while with assistance, understand some simple words; can tell affirming or denying tones.
We also received a estimate of our travel dates - leaving June 11 and arrive back in the US on June 24. These dates are a very rough estimate, but it at least gives us some idea. We are praying that we get to go sooner though! We would go tomorrow if we could!