Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A quick note and some pictures

We just wanted to post a short message saying that we are home and adjusting to the jet lag. The trip home is definitely the hardest part of the journey. Riz and I are at about 90%, Sophia is taking a bit longer to adjust. While in China she would sleep from around 8pm to 7:30 or 8 am in her crib and take 2 1.5/2 hour naps a day. Since we have been home from China she is still taking the naps but the sleeping at night has been a challenge. We think from what we have been told and from the pictures we received on gotcha day from the foster mother that Sophia was with that Sophia was either sleeping with the foster mother or she was sleeping in the same room as the foster mother. We think this is why sleeping in her crib in her nursery is scary to her (she HATES the crib). She is not even real fond of the Pack and Play but if we get her to sleep first we can get her to sleep in it the rest of the night. Last night it was 10pm when she feel asleep in my arms in our bed and then I put her in the Pack and Play and she slept until 9 this morning (pretty much the same the night before). Tonight we tried taking her for a walk in the stroller first and she feel asleep in the stroller and is now upstairs with Daddy in our room trying to go to sleep. It has been a challenge but a wonderful one. We have been very blessed with an amazing healthy child so the sleep issue is not a big deal at all to us, She (and we)will get through it before we know it. Today we had our first doctors appointment and everything was great. She has a bit of a head cold but nothing to worry about. Her ears, eyes, mouth, throat, head butt and everything else all checked out perfect. The doctor ordered a boat load of lab work to be done in the next few days along with a stool sample (daddies job). Sophia also had a PPD test along with 4 immunizations today she cried like a beast but was fine as soon as daddy picked her up and gave her a snuggle.... Things are getting back to normal slowly around here... We would not trade one second of the last 3 years... we are over joyed with happiness....and love....and now what you really want the pictures....

Daddy and his girl
HU WI (Pronounced Who Way)13yr old boy who practiced his English on us

Our BeautyA local women who was happy about SophiaSophia's little twin buddiesThe prettiest little handLets play

A Local women selling corn on the cob and not to happy about Riz taking her picture

Our friends from the trip to China Nicole and Claire

What a great smile


Anonymous said...

So glad to hear things are returning to normal. Remember that Sophia has to establish new normals for everything. She also has to reset her internal clock. Glad to hear she is healthy and getting over her cold. She is so beautiful. When she smiles the joy shows in her eyes. The love is already evident in the picutres. So happy you are now together forever. If you need anything you know how to contact me.
Carolyn S.

Kevin & Kimberly said...


Thanks for posting the pictures!! Sophia is so beautiful and I am glad her doc appt. went well. The first one is rough. The sleeping thing will get better...we went through it also.

She's just an angel!!

Layla said...

I'm sure Sophia will get over her head cold and have the sleeping thing down in no time. Isn't watching a little one get shots the worst?! Hope you guys are enjoying "The Rizzos Summer of Fun"- as I like to call it:)

Cheri & Shane said...

She is just too cute!!!

Glad that everything went good at the doctor appointment.

Give Sophia a big hug from us!!

Alyson & Ford said...

She is adorable!!! We are so happy for you! Time seem to fly; that you're home already!!
Thanks for taking time to visit our blog.

Alyson LID 01/27/06

geminirn said...

Happy all went well with the first Doctor appoint.and you are all adjusting well to being home finally as a family of three.Love the photos,she is precious.

Paula said...

Congratulations on bringing home Sophia. She is a cutie.

Marcia said...

Hey! I am so glad that everything is going so well! Sophia is adorable! I'm sorry you got sick on the way home...like traveling from China wasn't hard enough?! I can't wait until we can't meet her and see y'all again!

Riz, good luck with the poop scooping :)

Christine said...

Hi Susan and Riz! OMG Sophia is the cutest!! What an adorable smile. I am so happy to hear you are all doing well and settling in. Thanks for sharing your journey. I was away a lot during your travels but peeked into your blog when I could. :) Oh I am just so happy for you!!!!!! Hard to believe you are already home with your little girl. It looks like we missed the cut off by one day....just like you! you made it through so we know I can to! :)

Sherri said...

That's great news on the doctors appt. Happy to hear that things are going well for all 3. Beautiful pictures by the way.