I watched a few adoption videos this week that were not related to anyone I know… I got so engrossed in them that before I snapped back into my reality I felt the old pang of sadness that I used to get when I thought adoption wasn’t a possibility for our family. Within a few milliseconds I realized that we had in fact already adopted! That this is our reality and we are living in the beautiful-messy world that we have always had a heart for.
Anna is brilliant. She is learning new words every day and is up to about 20 that she can say, though not all are associated with an object. (Hot and cold, for example, she repeats after us but we’re not sure she knows what they mean.) She can do lots of signs and typically says the word while she signs it (though she hasn’t said milk she has a very cute full-body dance to go along with the traditional sign for milk).
She enjoys eating bananas which must be enjoyed on the same day as some type of prune dish… I’ll leave that for you to figure out. Let’s just say that there are troubles in diaper-land if she has one without the other. Anna loves water. Wa-wer.
This child is a climber. We’ve had to purchase an indoor slide for her in an attempt to keep her off the tv stand. Since we bought it 10 days ago she’s only attempted to scale the tv stand one time since. I’d say that’s a success! She also enjoys the swing we bought her… we got a pink one just because we can!
Our princess is a ham and knows how to please a crowd. People still stop us in stores to ohh-and-ahh over her. Our dentist’s administration staff adores her and loves to watch the bigs with her. (Benchmark Family Dental will schedule all five of us on the same day so we rotate out of two different hygienists’ chairs.) During the time I’m back getting a cleaning, some of the brothers are in the lobby watching her. I had to go back today for two fillings (I know… I know. At least none of the kids had cavities). The hygienist and the office staff stopped me before I left to tell me how awesome the kids are and how much they adored watching the boys with her. They said they could see the genuine love they have for Anna… they watched them without them knowing. Makes me proud of them for being good to Anna, and it warms my heart that others can see in public what I see in private.
Anna is leaving the stage of putting everything in her mouth. She used to put everything in there… now we’re down to only a few things a day. This is giving me great joy because now I can sit out in the back yard and let her roam freely. Only once has she eaten a clod of dirt. That’s a success, people.
The pictures below are from just a few minutes ago. She became interested in my computer so I thought I’d grab a picture… and at that same time she decided to grab my computer! (You can see my hand trying to save this blog post in the second image! Oh, and please disregard the messy hair. She hasn’t left the house today and it’s very windy out right now.)
She is still a great sleeper. She does need her paci given back to her once a night or so, but doesn’t wake fully… she’s got us wrapped around her little finger. We never did that with the boys, but don’t tell them. (Actually, it’s our fault from the start. We never let the boys have pacifiers in the crib because we didn’t want to start that habit but with Anna, for some reason we were not able to say no. She loved her paci from the first and since we had that week or so we weren’t sure everything was going to turn out the way it did, we didn’t want to do anything too drastic. So, she wanted that paci, she got it! One positive… it seems as if she uses it less during the day than the boys did so I guess it’s a trade-off. One we’re happy to make.)
Mama Kim and I are still communicating weekly, for the most part. It fluctuates between weekly and every-other-week. I hope to be able to visit her in the summer when the kids and I drive to the east coast. I am so blessed by our relationship… so glad she’s willing to stay connected with us.
I have at least 45 other blog posts floating around in my mind but I am going to leave this one as-is. I’ll add a few pictures below and write some more posts later. I’ll close my blog by asking you to keep us informed if you know someone who is considering placing the child she’s carrying for adoption. I have two great families who are waiting to adopt and I would LOVE to share their stories with anyone who would be interested in considering them.
Here are some other sweet pictures from the past month.