We (John, social worker, and I ) sat around our kitchen table and talked about where Naiya may come from and what she may have experienced and what she will need emotionally, physically, and spiritually from us. Advice like: Don’t give her a bath as soon as you receive her- She may never have had a bath before. She may eat everything in front of her, because she may not know when she is full due to inconsistency in feedings. Go ahead and spoil her- This will be part of the attachment and bonding process with John and I. That John and I will have to gain this little one’s trust by being there, being consistent, and loving on her every possible moment and helping her to realize that her needs will be met by us.
We can’t wait and we welcome this honor to love Naiya.