Susannah Baker

Sick Day

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Sick Day

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I woke up around 1 or 2am with aches, chills, and a fever. Not exactly the best way to start off an expedition to the zoo. Jason definitely deserves Trooper of the Day award, because he went ahead with the scheduled zoo trip and took all three big girls. Mia Grace stayed here with me and we spent the day in quiet rest together. She slept on my chest again for her nap for over two hours, we read books, and got to know one another just a little bit more.

I wish you could hear firsthand Jason’s stories from the zoo. In a city of @ 19 million people, he said 10 million of them were at the zoo since today was a public holiday (we did not know that- hah!) and of those ten million at the zoo, at least 5 million wanted their picture with the girls. There is a priceless picture he took on his phone of a guy taking a selfie with his arm around Lillian. Lils was innocently looking at an animal exhibit and had no idea this guy wanted a picture. If there were 100 animal exhibits at the zoo, the girls were the 101st. They saw koala bears, panda bears, twin white tiger cubs, and life-like dinosaur exhibit straight out of Juraissic Park. In Caroline’s words, “It was very neat but very freaky.” I think she needed Sam, Gray, and Seth there to have her back just in case the dinosaurs stepped out of the exhibit!

When everyone trooped in from the zoo, hot and sweaty (weather and temperature here is a lot like Houston, but if it’s even possible, even MORE humid!), Lillian said she wasn’t feeling well and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening on the couch.

So…as if you all haven’t already prayed enough to last a lifetime for the Baker Family, I am humbly asking for more prayer. Please pray that Lillian and I wake up healed, rested and refreshed in the morning and that no one else catches whatever virus or bug we have. Tomorrow is a special day – we get to go see Mia Grace’s orphanage and meet the women who cared for her, so apart from Gotcha Day, this is the day I have been anticipating the most. Thank you, thank you for letting me ask for prayer and for being friends and family who I know will pray.

And speaking of prayer, your prayers for Mia Grace, so beautifully expressed in your comments and emails, have been powerful and effective. As much as I wanted to take her to the zoo today, I think our time hear together was more effective. For the first time, when she was bonked in the head by her sisters (on accident of course), SHE CRIED AND WANTED TO BE COMFORTED! Huge progress! And at meal times, she fed herself a few bites for the first time, picking up a piece of cantaloupe she wanted and taking a huge bite out of it. She also almost, almost gave me a smile. I was singing to her changing her diaper and the edges of her mouth in the faintest way started to turn up. They quickly went back down into her somber expression, but hey, we will take it! One day at a time. God is definitely moving through your prayers.

Last thing: several of you have asked about Caroline. How she’s doing. How she is adjusting. I think she definitely felt like the odd man out for the first couple of days; she was the only one who couldn’t really hold MG while standing or walking around. And she balanced intense interest in her new sister with needing some space and mom time. But today since Lillian and I were sick, Caroline and Lizzie got to do more. Caroline’s got the holding her on her hip stance down, and whenever she comes close to Mia Grace, Mia lifts up her arms to Caroline. I loved watching that today. I didn’t take any new pictures today, so I downloaded the video from Gotcha Day of the first time Caroline attempts to hold MG. I almost drop the phone and Caroline almost drops the baby, but in typical Liney style, she figured it out…enjoy! (I had to put it in two parts.)

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  1. Teri Bono says:

    I never thought I’d say this, but “YAY FOR CRYING!” and an even bigger YAY for you being there to comfort her so she can start putting those two things together! Praying for all sickness to go away NOW! 🙂

  2. Ana Ince says:

    Praying for healing in Jesus name!!!!

    I love that video of Caroline, she will be a great big sister!

  3. Barbara "Baker" jones says:

    Caroline! oh my goodness that video, haha, “Daddy i got her,” annnnnd cue the smile 🙂
    love your sweet girls!
    praying for quick healing and days of smiles!

  4. Bobbye says:

    I’m so sorry you girls are feeling a bit puny, but God is also in this! I love how He used that “alone time” for you and MG to have those moments of bonding and her trust in you growing. And! That video of Caroline had me grinning ear to ear! What a proud big sister! She will fall right into her new place in the lineup with God’s grace.
    Praying for your rest and healing, sweet girl. You’ve taken on a lot in the past week and I believe He called you to, “be still”. Love you so!!!

  5. Steve and Mary Klein says:

    Yea for the huge progress of crying when hurt, Yea for wanting to be picked up! It is a strange thing to see a child get hurt and not cry….and when they do reach out for help, those are big victories for us adoptive moms:) It really is true that in order for a child to be healthily independent they have to learn deep dependence first…so yea Mia Grace for starting to learning you can be dependent on someone to meet your needs:) I love the quote…”When children are harmed in relationship (or lack of), they will only heal in and through healthy relationship.” Mia Grace has been surrounded in healthy relationships this week and she will begin to heal:) Praying for your physical healing and for your trip tomorrow. It is a big day, and it will be wonderful to have all the pictures and information from the orphanage to help Mia Grace piece her story together in the future:)

  6. Teresa Medeiros says:

    Praying for you both to get well , and for the rest of the family to enjoy time together . Much love , Rees ! 🙂

  7. Her Mia says:

    Loved Caroline’s smile on the video! Her tenacity serves her well. Praying for Jesus to visit you and Lillian as you sleep and touch you w His power to heal.
    Love you so.

  8. Shelley says:

    I was LOL picturing Jason at the zoo!!

  9. Kathy says:

    Praying!!! Love you all so!!!!

  10. Mary Shannon Ratliff says:

    Susannah –
    I have loved following your journey with Mia Grace. You have such a gift of communicating the story of your journey. You are a precious mom and Mia Grace is blessed to have joined the Baker family. The pictures are so sweet.
    I love you and am praying that you feel better soon, as well as your family.
    Love you,
    MS

  11. April Harrison says:

    Susannah I found your blog!! And so excited you have Mia Grace now. What sweet blessing she is. Thank you for writing each day and letting us know how we can pray. I am lifting up the Baker 6 and praying specifically for physical healing and protection. Excited to hear about your day tomorrow too!

  12. Amy says:

    Love you dear ones and Praising the Lord that His grace is clearly seen in sickness and in health! Asking for health for all of you and even more for depth of bonding and strength and dependence on Him for each moment.

  13. Cimbrey says:

    Rest, Susannah, in the arms of Jesus. He carries you. He’s carrying all of you. I pray for miraculous healing tonight as you sleep, clarity of mind, strength for your body. I pray Lilian is shielded from serious illness and that it is just a small bug. And I pray that all of you will remain steadfast, strong, alert, and ready to pour out your love each day on Mia Grace. Jesus will do it all through you. I love you, sister. Goodnight. (Love being in the same-ish time zone!)

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