One month ago today our lives were forever changed. Our little Princess - Peyton Sakura-chan joined our family. Our lives will never be the same. She is the very BEST baby - we are so blessed and so fortunate to have her in our lives. Words cannot begin to express the pure joy and bliss that she has brought to us this past month.
We have SO many to thank for making all of this possible - first of all God - we know that there is a reason for everything in life and without God we would not have our Sakura-chan, we believe with our whole being that God has a plan for us and this is what was meant to be. Secondly our family, there is no way that we could begin to say how much it means to have the support and encouragement from our family and the same goes for our friends.
Equally important - we have Taz, Okada-san, and Lesley to thank - if it weren't for them, there would be no Japan program, and without a Japan program, we wouldn't have Peyton Sakura. They were all invaluable during this process, there wasn't ever a time that we couldn't pick up the phone or shoot off an e-mail that it wasn't answered in an extremely timely fashion...all of this despite having many families that they are helping, they were there every step of the way and made us feel like we were the only family - we will forever be grateful to all of them for our daughter. Along with those three, there were all of the ATWA families - just like Taz and Lesley, if there was something we wondered about, I could always get a timely accurate response from one of the previous families - we have formed SO MANY great friendships with the ATWA group.
This post would not be possible or it would be meaningless without mentioning one very special (very important) person - someone we have never met - but is extremely important in our lives - Airi (Sakura's Bio Mom) - not one single minute goes by that I'm not thinking of her, she gave us a beautiful precious gift - a gift that I have wanted all my life that no other person could give me - Thank You so much to Airi, our lives and hearts are full.
Each day Peyton does something pleasantly new. She is now cooing a lot, every morning when she wakes up she is full of smiles when she hears one of our voices, she likes to be held when she is tired, and voices her displeasure when her meals are delivered later than her 4 hour intervals (during the day), she sleeps extremely well for a 2 1/2 month old - goes to bed around 9 p.m. and wakes up around 5 a.m. most days. She loves to watch Yancha Bozu and Wrigley and lets them know when they have delivered TOO many kisses. She loves to watch her mobile (either in her crib or in her swing) and tracks each moving piece. She still enjoys being bundled up tight for bed and has restless sleep if she isn't that way.
Thank you ALL for your love, support, and encouragement.