Hi everyone. I hope to get back to blogging more, but I am still trying to figure out the balancing act and spending as much time as I can with our little lady. Nap time has not been that long, and she is an early riser. I can’t believe today has been one month since we have been home, so, I thought I would fill you in. I hope to give an update every month for those of you who are interested. If it’s not your thing, that’s okay.
It has been a slow attachment process, but we are making progress everyday. Since Little Miss was in a foster home and VERY attached to her foster mother, it is taking time for her to open up and feel comfortable with us and her new home. She has warmed up to me, but it is taking a little longer with Yankee. We knew this might happen since she was not around men in her foster environment. We also knew that she might attach to one parent more in the beginning, and that has been me. We play games and make things fun anytime Yankee is around so slowly she is warming up to him and starting to become curious and wanting to be around him. We have to remind ourselves that she has only been with us a short time and was in her other home for a lot longer. While we wish it would happen overnight we know it takes time. We have read lots of books that prepared us for this, and they have been very helpful. I’ll list the books at the end that I highly recommend if anyone is interested. The first year is spent showing tons of love and letting your child know you are there for them and will not leave. We can catch up on other things later.
Little Miss is now a fan of Gracie when she wants to be. Last week she just discovered dropping food and feeding her, so now Gracie is a huge fan of Little Miss. They both like to chase each other around the house, and our house becomes complete chaos at that time and I love it! She tries to say Gracie’s name but usually calls her dog.
Little Miss loves the outdoors, so we try to spend a lot of our day outside. She has a soccer ball she enjoys kicking around the yard. We were not sure about the sprinkler, but she giggles and enjoys running around and cooling off on these hot summer days. We tried to make it to the playground at the park in our neighborhood daily. This is where I enjoy seeing the progress. For the first week we just went, and she only wanted me to hold her while we walked around. Then one day she wanted down,and she walked around observing. By week two she was more comfortable on some of the playground equipment, and now she is doing the slides by herself and got in the bucket swing yesterday!
While she loves the outdoors, Little Miss is also really girly. She loves wearing dresses and spinning so she can twirl. Hair bows have been a daily occurrence as well as finding my high heels in my closet and wearing them all around the house. She has a little Leapfrog that she carries around, and it looks as if she is ready to go to work.
Everyone asks about her language, and it has been fascinating to see how she is understanding English so quickly. We knew she would be a sponge and soak it up, but wow! She has said a lot of English words, but she understands even more. We know a few Thai words that she continues to use so that has helped in some of the communication. We sent photos and a letter to the foster mother last week to let her know that Little Miss has made it home to the United States, and she is settling in. We will continue to stay in touch with her foster mother and send photos and letters.
Here are some recommended adoption books. We had many recommended to us, but these were our favorites. If you have any questions, just let me know.
If you would like to read more of our adoption journey, check out these posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
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