When we entered, a group of kids, mostly boys, were playing outside. As I got out of the car, a little boy ran up and gave me a giant hug around my legs and then ran to greet Ty in the same way.
Chairs were brought outside and Marta was brought to us. Since the ground was just concrete, we didn't feel comfortable setting her down. We played with her best we could, but she was resistant to interacting with us and eventually fell asleep in Ty's arms.
That wasn't okay with the nannies! :) Someone yelled from an upstairs window, "No sleep! Time to eat!" We brought Marta upstairs and I attempted to feed her the stew-like food that was prepared for her, and I was so nervous! It didn't go so well and finally I turned her over to the nanny. Within five minutes, she was finished and happy.
After lunch, our girl was a happy camper. The nanny snuggled her, kissed her and made her smile big. I took the cue and did the same. And I couldn't stop. She was all smiles for our kisses after that.
This time with her was by far the best yet for both Ty and me. Whether or not Marta felt it, both Mama and Daddy felt a deep connection with her.
|Ahhh - her hair!|
|Loves to pull herself up.|
Hard to grasp that we only have one more visit with her and then have to leave her behind. Already, our hearts are breaking. I keep telling myself with all the hardships people of this world have suffered, this pales in comparison. My mind accepts that, but my heart is a little slower. One thing my heart does understand is this time with Marta is a gift, one I cherish in the moment and will in the memories.