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Everything went great. And we have been home a little less than a week. Olivia is just starting to get homesick, we try to cuddle her and rock her but at some times she just wants her bottle propped and to lay on the floor. She is sleeping in her playpen which is right next to our bed and seems to sleep great. She usually wakes up 1 or 2 times a night. Either for clean diaper, bottle, or both. She loves her bottle. We took her to the doctor and he said to start her on rice cereal, she is 5 months and 1 day old and weighs 14lbs 7oz, so she is a little petite. In guatemala they had her on baby food, but the doctor said to stop that for a while. Its kinda funny becuase we are learning all this new stuff that she can do, like the doctor wanted to know at what degree she can hold her head up when on her stomach, so we put her on her stomach and walla she flipped right onto her back. Kinda shocked us but she started laughing. I promise to post pics when things settle down, today I am at work do DH is at home with her.
 

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Congratulations Mama!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Congrats! Can I offer a small tip on the bottle issue? Our daughter was VERY attached to her bottle (understandably) and she would often only take it at arm's length, laying flat on her back. Of course, it's not preferable to prop bottles or offer bottles in that way, but we also understood that, like Olivia, that was what she was most used to. What we did was to gradually move closer over time, as much as she would allow. We would sometimes wait until she drank some of her bottle, and then bring her into our arms for the rest of the bottle. It took a couple of months, but eventually she learned how to snuggle and nurse. We felt that it was very important for her attachment to associate nourishment and nursing with us. She still snuggles and nurses before bedtime.<br><br>
Don't worry about her size either. After all, how many really large people did you meet in Guatemala? (other than other Americans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) In other words, I wouldn't worry about pushing solids. Our daughter was 14 lbs at 5 months, and she is an averaged-sized toddler now - she had a huge growth spurt in the last few months.<br><br>
Best wishes to you. Enjoy getting to know your little girl!
 

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Congratulations!! How beautiful! I have a huge grin on my face right now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'm so happy for you! I'm so glad your daughter is finally home!
 

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Thanks for the tip, any advice is greatly appreciated. Our biggest issue with her bottle is the actual nipple. You see the foster mom kept feeding her with the same nipple, never rotated, and Olivia likes to gum down on the nipple and pull. So now we have only one nipple she will take and its 3X the normal size. But there are definite times when she will let us snuggle in an feed her. Another thing is that DH and I had talked a lot before hand about trying to maintain some sort of contact with her biological mom if at all possible, even if it was just sending a pic here and there. Well when we got back all of her paper work we looked and read through her Family Court papers. And it went into great lengths to explain why the birthmom was relinquishing her, very sad story, and then she said at the end due to certain reasons she really did not want any attempt to contact her or keep in touch. That was a little hard to take. But at least we know more and will be able to tell her when she is older. We also got the foster moms name, address, and telephone number. She was just sobbing as she handed her over and told her she was going with her new mom and dad, and to never forget her, and made the sign of the cross over her. Also when we visited we left two disposable camersa for her to take pictures with and I about had an accident when I got them developed. Here the foster moms daughter was feeding her cotton candy in like 5 different occasions. I was not to happy, but Olivia was smiling and looked in loved in all the pics.
 

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Congrats! glad to see you back and all well!
 

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Congratulations on your new daughter!<br><br>
I wouldn't get too upset about the weight issue, my four month old is only just 13 pounds now and DH and I are both reasonably big people... some kids just grow at different rates. Give yourselves some time to get used to one another and see where she's at developmentally before jumping back into solids.
 

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Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Just another "don't worry about the weight", my first son weighed less than that at 5 months and was fine. I would also not necessarily push solids at all, not even the rice cereal. Babies don't need solids at all for really the first year as their stomachs are not developed fully until about 9 months (I believe?). I'd give her poor little tummy a rest and opportunity to develop healthier eating habits at an appropriate time (good lord, cotton candy?).<br><br>
Much love to you. I hope you enjoy your little girl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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How wonderful!! Enjoy your babymoon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> How exciting! It is so great to hear your stories. Congratulations!!
 

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That made me smile! We also got a roll of film back and saw our daughter sitting in an incredibly rickety-looking baby walker - at three months of age or so - but you know, she was well-loved and cared for, and that's really what matters in the end. Her foster mommy and family loved her SO much and it still shows to this day.<br><br>
I'll bet you can wean your daughter off that nipple as time goes by. I've heard that exact same story before...sounds like you're doing great.<br><br>
Enjoy!
 

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Our baby was 13 lbs at 13 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . She was starved, nothing more - not ill or with eating problems. She had a voracious appetite, ate everything we gave her with no difficulty and gained six pounds within the first two weeks.<br><br>
Your love for each other will just grow and grow - it's amazing.<br><br>
I've been thinking about your family. So glad to hear you are happily together and home.
 
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