Thursday, September 10, 2009


We made it home! It is wonderful settling in with Klaudia, and she is doing great! She has been her shy self with new people, but is starting to warm up. She has been tentative about her new environment, but has been exploring and figuring it all out. She has been eating pretty well, and sleeping pretty well, which is good!

Klaudia did surprisingly well on the plane. Perhaps my expectations were so low that it could have only been better. She took a 1.5 hour nap about an hour after take off, and then didn't sleep for the rest of the travels until 5 minutes before landing in Omaha. My recommendations are the same as anyone would give: dvds, many food options, a mirror, favorite books and non-noisy toys, changes of clothes, etc. It worked well to take the airplane books and toys out of her usual mix for the two days or so before the flight. Then there was a little re-discovery on the plane. The only tragedy on the plane was changing diapers on Lot (no changing tables). I don't know how people do it with infants, but Klaudia just stood and held on with all her might to a bar and cried until we were done.

Despite the fact that she was exhausted and cranky when landing, it worked out so well for acclimating to the time change. We had a great welcome at the airport by both of our families too - a warm welcome home.

Klaudia is still a mama's girl, but she is warming up more and more to dad and to other family. There are things to work on (speech, walking, a little trust that mama isn't leaving her forever when she leaves the room), but these will all happen in time. There is so much I could post - but, as naptimes go, I only have limited time! Here are some photos:

Happy girl on the plane - yay!!

Figuring out the seat belt

First night at home

Playing with cousin Keaton on the first full day home

Playing with friend BJ on the last full day in Warsaw - yes, that is the oven


Shelly and BJ said...

So nice to see you settled. I am so glad to hear that Klaudia had a great flight and stayed awake throughout the mojority of the trip home to help with acclimating to the new time change. What an experience huh? And what a beautiful family! Congrats!

Sherry said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I just sent off our last bit of paperwork to be apostilled (a word I didn't know before this process), and as soon as that goes back to the agency our dossier is going to Poland.

So glad to finally be at that point. It sometimes felt like we would never even get this far.

Seeing you home with Klaudia is an inspiration.

kelly said...

Yea! So happy you're home & the flights went well!! Yes, changing diapers on LOT was the same for me...hold on & tears :-) Beautiful pictures, Klaudia looks so happy!

Jeff and Debbie said...

Welcome home! May your family continue being blessed with many happy firsts!

Lee and Martha said...

Welcome Home! We are so happy for your family!

nat said...

Hello :) I came here accidentally clicking the-next-blog button. And... I live in Poland :) BEST WISHES for YOU and Klaudia of course :)

Jeff and Debbie said...

Been thinking of you and hoping all is well. That you had a happy Christmas and blessed New Year!