A few new things about this happy girl:
- She is potty-training!!! I had consciously put this issue on the back burner when Delia first came home, knowing how contentious it can be even with well-adjusted, well-bonded little ones. The thought of adding bodily functions to an already long list of things Delia and I didn’t see eye-to-eye on seemed unwise, so we waited. It turns out, she doesn’t like being in poopy diapers (indeed, who would?) any more than we like changing them! Now that she knows there’s a chocolate chip or two in it for her, she has been coming to me and signing “potty” with reasonable consistency for the past month or so. There are still accidents, but most of them involve me not being able to help her quickly enough because I’m nursing the baby or similar. There have been plenty of days when I have not had to change poopy diapers at all, and you cannot even begin to imagine what a lovely change that makes to my days. We haven’t had as much success with going “number one” yet, but I think once we may be venturing into training panties soon and ditching the diapers. Watch this space!
- Delia had her speech therapy evaluation and is now on a waiting list for speech services. I was pleasantly surprised by her evaluation report. Having been labeled “non-verbal” in all of her reports from her home country, we have been thrilled with her attempts to communicate, especially using sign, and the evaluation reflected all her hard work. It placed her at an age equivalent of 1 year 8 months for expressive communication, but at 2 years for auditory comprehension. We are excited to see how therapy (and even some of the activities we have to do with her while we wait for therapy to start) will help her to blossom even more.
- Delia is getting glasses! As part of her initial International Adoption Clinic evaluation, it was suggested that we should have a proper eye exam performed. Our pediatrician also agreed this would be worth doing at some point, but there was never any rush, as it seemed her unusual use of her eyes was primarily a behavioral/neurological issue. Well, we were wrong! Delia does in fact have astigmatism in both eyes; glasses should significantly improve her vision. The ophthalmologist believes this will really help her to be able to focus on books and other activities that she has so far shown very little interest in. Another exciting prospect. Here’s hoping we can actually get her to wear them!
Our other newbie continues to be sparkly and sweet and bring joy to all of our hearts:
- As little Annis approached her 4 month check-up, I had a nagging concern that she might be following in Coraline’s footsteps and veering off the growth chart toward the scrawny side (Don’t laugh! That was really a thing for a while!). I was relieved to find that, although she is on the petite side at 12 lbs 1 oz, she has a firm grip on the weight chart at the 17th percentile. I may or may not have nursed her in the waiting room right before weighing her even though she had just been fed at home.
- We still have no idea what color her eyes are going to be! Our initial guess was that they were darkening and heading for brown, and this is still our pediatrician’s guess, but they are definitely lighter than our other brown-eyed girls’ eyes were at this age. They are a dark gray around the outside with hazelish flecks in the middle. I don’t think they’ll be blue, for sure. Whatever they are, they are lovely to gaze into, and this continues to be one of my favorite passtimes for the hour or so after the other kids are in bed each night.
We are so very blessed to have both of these precious girls in our lives!