Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HOME - 9 weeks

Still no internet, but here’s an update.  The medical appointments have only increased for Gianna.  She’s a trooper and does just great even though they are scary for her.  She grew half an inch, grew out of three pairs of pants, and has commented at how pink her lips look in the mirror.  The dark circles under her eyes are better, and she looks generally so much healthier.  Now if we could only get some meat on those “sad arms”. J  The biggest appt recently was a week ago when Gianna had her developmental exam done.  This was to determine her cognitive, fine motor, gross motor abilities as well as start her measure in English language and social abilities. They said she would be a great kindergartener cognitively, as long as the school will accommodate for her anxieties socially.  I’ve been in contact with them and they are helpful so far and we will be working to form a plan. 
We are all working hard to learn how to be a functional family group.  No one is working harder than Gianna.  She is learning what to do when she is mad, learning it is ok to be sad, and learning how excited mom gets when she is happy.  She is eating way way better, and I’m finding what foods she consistently likes and eats.  She ate all her food again yesterday!  I about threw a party.  She still sleeps really well, too.  Our bedtime routine is my favorite of the day.  We end up in giggling fits.  She knows all the motions to Let it Go and she tries to sing along.  Spoiler alert – it’s freaking adorable.

Kian is really getting the hang of listening to his sister.  I’ve tried to recognize him and make him feel special in little ways.  We talk a lot about preschool and he’s super excited.  Logan is still 2 years old.   I don’t love his tantrums.  Something that I love, though, is watching him try to say a super long sentence.  He stutters and deliberates and starts over and it’s hilarious.   I love my kids to pieces.  They are the bees’ knees.



new best buddy Bella

the poor kitty got bit on the nose by a dragon.  she was nursed back to health by Gianna and made a miraculous recovery.

learning about feelings

Gianna in her room

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HOME - excuse the absence!!!

So, we moved!  Turns out, it's a difficulty to get internet to our house.  They had to run a new line, and it's delayed in getting us internet.  Hence, the silence on this blog.  But worry not!  I have not forgotten about this blog, nor do I intend to quit posting.  I have a few minutes at my parent's house after an hour-long email checking session.  So... in the meantime... some pictures!  We are six weeks in and can I just say - what a journey it's been!  Gianna is adjusting remarkably considering all the changes she is experiencing.  There have been bumps and trials, but all are manageable with some late-night ice cream eating, some mommy time-outs, a few bubble baths, and only a pinch of crying in the bathroom.  It's really been good overall.  Our move was smooth and didn't phase the kids any more than the adoption did - maybe just prolonged the transition phase. :)

each "kitty" had their own box