Susannah Baker

First Full Day

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First Full Day

On July 14, 2015, Posted by , in Adoption, Adoption Journey, With 18 Comments



Our first full day with Mia Grace is almost complete. I say almost because everyone is asleep except MG…she is sitting up next to me in bed, wide awake. After her bath (first hair wash) and bottle, I went to lay her down in her bed and she immediately started crying. So, we are up, and who knows for how long. She will probably be sleeping with Mama tonight.

All in all, it was a good day. A day of getting to know each other. She continues to stare at us out of big brown eyes, silently soaking everything in. And thank you, Carol Taylor, for that word. For she is indeed soaking. After going back to the civil office today to complete some paperwork, Mia Grace fell asleep on me in the car, and when I tried to put her in her bed when we got back in the room, she began to cry, her first real sound of the day, so I scooped her up and she took a two hour nap laying on my chest on our bed.

The longer I am in her presence, the more grateful I am for the privilege it is to earn an orphan’s trust. Someone who has never, in all probability, fallen asleep on anyone’s chest for two hours is willing to take a risk with someone she does not know and fall asleep on mine. What a gift. I can tell that a mighty foundation of prayer has been laid on her behalf and our behalf by her response to us the past few days. Thank you for those prayers. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

And thank you for all of your prayers for our big girls. They have handled the trip and the transition like champs. The only tears around here are over who gets to hold, feed, bathe, play with Mia Grace next. We should have adopted three babies all at once – one for each girl!

Here is a video of Lillian and Lizzie helping her take a few steps:

One final thing: I know I mentioned how well she ate last night at dinner, but just to reiterate, the girl can eat! She will try anything! This morning for breakfast she polished off one fried egg, a serving of kale (I know, right – who eats kale for breakfast?!), cantaloupe, and a link of chicken sausage. Just so you all would believe me, I took a picture of her dinner plate. First time to eat watermelon – and she loved every bite! (Aunt Cara, she really is your niece )


As you all wake up, we are off to rest – rest in the great, great love of the Lord who loves to set the fatherless in families. Thankful for the gift of Him and each of you,
The Baker 6

18 Comments so far:

  1. Cara says:

    I’m loving each picture!! Look at that sweet girl laying on your chest with her eyes wide open…. would love to know what’s going through her mind! All I know is she’s getting an overdose of God’s love for her!

  2. Cimbrey Brannan says:

    Good job Mama! She is developing and attaching so much when she hears your heart beat! She is reminding me so much of Zane at that age. It’s such a blessing for you to be there for milestones like learning to walk! Btw…your big girls have grown a foot since we saw them. They look so grown up!

  3. Vicenta Garcia says:

    Es inevitable llorar de Gozo al ver la Union de familia que Dios a permitido , Señora y Señor Baker su hija Mía Grace esta bien hermosa así como Lillian , Lizzie y Caroline.

  4. Teresa Medeiros says:

    what a joy to see you all together . Beautiful pictures , the first day that I saw Mia Grace and all the love that was being poured out on her o my goodness i just cried i couldn’t even see the letters to type . So excited for you all . Can’t wait to see you all back home . Blessings ! Love you all ! Rees and Momo

  5. Bobbye says:

    Ohhhh, the sweet memories of babes falling asleep on my chest and me not moving them for hours because of the tender, sweetness of having them there. I was just telling now 5’11” grand love Cori how I loved having her sleep with me just like that, until her toes reached below my knees and it became less “comfortable” for both of us. I’d hold my babies for so long their little ears would become imprinted on my skin. I know you’re holding onto every moment of your daughter’s growing trust in you. Don’t you know that’s how our Father feels as our trust in Him grows sweeter each day? What a gift, indeed! This little one is experiencing true, selfless love in so many forms. My heart could burst!!! Anxiously waiting for your next word on the melding of your hearts. Love each of you!!!

  6. Laura Grace says:

    What wonderful pictures!! Sweet that she feels safe resting with you 🙂 Can’t wait to meet her and see her sisters loving on her! Love to you all

  7. Steve and Mary Klein says:

    Precious pictures and love Mia Grace on your chest!!! Kaylynn fell asleep like that for a long time and when she was able to talk she told me that she needed to hear my heart beating:) Ours from institutions ate so much too…they were afraid that it might not be available later and it took time for them to know it would. Catherine’s youngest memory is the first morning we had her in Russia and she says she can still remember the Pedicure and bananas that she gobbled down:)

    • susannahbaker says:

      So appreciate your wisdom and insight, Mary. I do keep thinking that when she is sleeping on my chest – that she needs to hear my heart beating just as all babies do. Love and appreciate you! Please keep the insight coming!

  8. Kristen says:

    We are all cheering on Mia Grace this morning! Go sweet girl go! Love that the Lord is so graciously answering our prayers!

  9. Lisa Perry says:

    I’m just melting at seeing her sleeping on her momma’s chest, and I love that the girls are being so helpful. 🙂 There are so many things that only an experience like this can teach…thanks for sharing your thoughts so we can be sponges as well!

  10. Teri B. says:

    The photo of her lying on your chest. Could it be any sweeter? This is such an amazing story, Susannah……the sweetest of testimonies…..trusting the Lord and Mia Grace trusting you. This precious one has NO IDEA how blessed she is to get the family she is getting! I just truly could not be happier for her….or for the Baker family.

  11. Pam Jackson says:

    Hi Bakers,
    Mary Klein shared your blog with me. I’m so happy for ya’ll and jealous at the same time. 20 years ago, I was in China getting my first precious girl. 5 years later, we got our 2nd bundle. Mia reminds me a lot of our oldest, Catherine. It took several months before I felt like she was connecting back to us. She was fairly passive, quiet and observant. She rarely cried. And she also ate everything in sight. Not to worry. Catherine is now a petite size 2. Reading your posts – including 1st bath and hairwash – is like re-living our trips all over again. Enjoy this time together. It is such a sweet gift from the Lord.
    Pam Jackson

    • susannahbaker says:

      Thank you so much, Pam – your words are so encouraging and full of hope! I am praying she responds as your Catherine did and gradually gradually learns to trust and love. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Susannah

  12. Kimberly says:

    Oh my, I just can’t wait to meet her!! I love her eyes and how she seems in tune with all of you. How sweet of the Lord to allow your first memories to be full of tender moments and bonding. And to think she has so many people here waiting to love her too!!

  13. Mia Ince says:

    There are no words…I am speechless. Seeing her on your chest with a look that says, “I’m home.” All our prayers are being answered before our eyes.
    Love you so.

  14. Sarah says:

    What a sweet gift to have such a special bonding time like this with her. Thinking of my Kate, who is the same age, it’s hard to imagine her so willingly do that with someone she’s known for such a short time. So awesome and important for mama and baby. Praying you all get rest in the upcoming days and that all of you continue to have special moments such as these. Xoxo

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