Monday, February 22, 2010


I feel like I'm beginning to get to know Daniel. His sweet personality emerges a little more each day. He is already different than the boy I first met in Ethiopia.
He definitely had a few behaviors of a child who has lived in an orphanage. For the first few days, he slept whenever I laid him down in his crib. When he woke up, he would just lay there quietly. He was not sure at first how to play with most toys. He liked things that were 'functional' that he had seen the telephone, anything that looked like a telephone (the remote), pots and pans, and a few little cars that he could push around. He had no idea what to do with a book and did not want me to sing to him.
This week, we've seen funny, new things emerge:

He likes music and dances when he hears a song that he likes.

When he wakes up crying, he likes for me to rock him and sing to him.

There are actually some things he won't eat: yogurt, cheese, mango and grapes, so far.
He wants to feed himself but needs help putting things on the spoon.
He knows 3 signs: ;more', 'please' and 'all done'.

He learns new things quickly.
He is beginning to like books and wants to hold one in the car.

He loves to bring me things and then take them all back where he got them.

He doesn't like to wear his own shoes but will wear mine all day if I let him.

He likes to be tickled and has the cutest laugh when you tickle his tummy.
He loves to give hugs and kisses. (we're still working on the kisses....right now they're open-mouthed with a bite at the end.
Oh! And he's SUPER cute!

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  1. Hi there! We just wanted to be in touch with you ... Daniel Bereket and our son Ezra were best buds at the care center in Addis. As I understand it, Ezra followed Bereket around everywhere ... especially out the doors! I so enjoyed meeting your little guy when I was there in November and December and am so happy to see him home with you! He looks great -- I wish you guys all the best! (our blog is at if you want to visit!)

  2. Oh my gosh~I LOVE hearing about his personality!!! He has grown up SO much since we were with him just a few months ago! He looks SO healthy and SO happy, Ruthanne!

  3. What a great post. It's amazing how he's developing and the things that are happening. About those kisses-- if you find my nose, please let me know.

  4. Love hearing about how you, Andrew adn Bereket are getting to know each other. He sounds sooo precious! And I am really glad to hear that he is getting to like books (hint) :) Sheri

  5. Ruthanne, Thanks for inviting me in today....into your beautiful home and your amazing story. I loved meeting Daniel. The blog is awesome, but nothing beats living color! God bless! Michelle

  6. What a cutie! so good to hear how he is doing :) Hope Andrew is adjusting, too.