For the most part I would have to say that things are going really well here in the Gumm house. Not without our issues.
Both kids seem to wake up in the middle of the night (somewhere between 3:30 and 5:30) crying. Wendemagegn seems easier to get back to sleep. Beza is a little harder. She seems to need distracting with something. The first couple of mornings it was with some cartoons. Of course we don’t want to make that a habit. This morning I laid in bed with her for a bit but then she was starting to wake up Natalie so I carried her into my room. The tears come and go. Just when I think she’s starting to calm down they will start again. Finally she said “I go to Dad.” (who was downstairs). So I carried her down and she laid on the couch with him. After 10-15 minutes she said she was hungry so Mark gave her some toast and water and then she fell asleep until 8:15 which seems like a major accomplishment.
Wendemagegn’s saga last night also seemed to revolve around food. Through his tears he told Mark he wanted “pootatan” (my best guess at a phoentic spelling). Mark was busy trying to figure out if that was Amarhic or if he was saying he wanted to “put it on”. Wendemagegn was finally able to tell him “fish tails” and that he was hungry. Sorry bud, no fish tails in the pantry. It didn’t help that we were out of milk too which the boy loves.
So we’re busy trying to figure that one out. I have googled all kinds of things trying to figure out what he’s talking about. There are several Ethiopian fish dishes but none of them that involve tails. We may have to call on some Ethiopian friends of ours to help us decipher that one.
Once they are up and we are going about our day they seem to do good. Beza did have a mid morning session of tears yesterday but none today.
For lunch today I made Ethiopian cabbage and potatoes which was pretty easy and gave them a taste of home. They seemed to really like it and it is mostly gone. Tomorrow I am hoping to try to make some injera although I’m not sure what to serve with it yet – maybe some Tibs.
Each day we’ve gone to the park right by our house. The kids love to get outside. They got the scooters out the very first day and we’ve had some good soccer games. Today Wendemagegn requested baseball and then we played kickball. Beza did a great job of batting.
Tonight at bedtime I gave them each a granola bar to put by their bed in case they wake up hungry. I’m not naive enough to think that it will keep the tears at bay but maybe it will give them some reassurance. We also know now to ask about the hunger earlier on.
Here’s some pics from our first day home together…