I read this today on an Ethiopia adopting forum I belong to and I just loved it. Julia is another mother, that is in Ethiopia today meeting her precious son, Michael for the first time.
"I had a man who put shoes on my horses who also raised cows and sheep. He had a term I just loved that he used to describe how after the calves were separated from their cows, for shots or whatever, and they put the whole herd back together and then the cows and the calves would shuffle around and find each other again.... it was called 'mother-up'. The cows would mother-up with their calves... that is what Julia will do in the morning."
Isn't that a great term? Mother up? I love it.