September 21, 2009
Well finally after weeks of waiting, drooling, rashes and chewing - Houston we have two top teeth! Making that a total of 4 pearly whites all together. Since the two teeth have finally made an appearance, Mia has been sampling lots of new foods. She pretty much will eat anything we give her - she loves to eat. This new found eating has brought about some really cute chubby thighs. In other Mia happenings she has been standing a lot on her own this past weekend. She loves to stand up and give herself a round of applause which we of course all join in on! She also very clearly says daddy and Aiden. I am still waiting to hear mama - for now it seems she calls me "kiki"?????
We took Mia to her first Ole Miss game on Saturday. Thankfully the weather held up and the Rebels won! Aiden had a blast at the game. He told me this year that he wasn't afraid??? I didn't even know he had been afraid. I thought all this time he just had a short attention span and that is why he always asked to leave a few minutes after kick-off. Anyway, it seems he was afraid of the score board???? Don't ask.
We have our first post placement visit tomorrow. I am not nervous at all this go around. I did clean up of course as I would have in expectation of any company. This go around I finally realize that the social workers want adoptive families to succeed and are totally on our side and are not judging the possible cobs webs in the corner. After this visit, we will need two more before we get to legally finalize our adoption in the United States - yippee!!!!!
September 12, 2009
Sorry for my absence - we were visiting family in Virginia for a little over a week and I am still trying to dig myself out of the laundry and house work. The kids both did great on the plane and Mia did just fine sleeping at my parents house in her pack in play - thankfully she is a very adjustable baby. She got to meet all Eric's immediate family and we even got to go out twice without the kids. Once my mom babysat and once Caitlin, Eric's oldest niece, watched the kids. It was nice to be out and have adult conversations without being constantly interrupted. We also got to reconnect with some great friends and hang out with them and their kids. My mom threw a nice shin-dig for Mia. She seemed to enjoy herself, playing with her cousins and eating the cake! We got a ton of loot for both kids while we were there. Thankfully Matt and Jennifer thought ahead and got Mia an actual suitcase so we could bring it all home with us.
We took Mia to her 1 year appointment yesterday. She is weighing in at a whopping 20.12 lbs. The funny thing is that is still less than Aiden weighed when we brought him home at 5 months! We were not able to get our official check up because our Doctor was unexpectedly out. We did get a couple of shots and her ears rechecked and everything looks great. We will go back in 4 weeks and see our Doctor and do the official visit. We were told to put her on whole milk and we also turned her car seat around - sniff, sniff.
Mia's adjustment continues to go wonderfully. She is really on the move now and has taken about 4 steps unassisted. She also will go to a standing position from sitting all by herself and balance herself for a while. She still only has 2 teeth which is strange to me since all other children her age have like 4 or 5! She also still does not sleep through the night. Still gets up once or twice. Once she gets a bottle and goes right back to sleep the second time she just needs a couple of rocks and some pats and goes back to sleep. We are hoping she handles the milk okay if not we will try soy milk. Her stomach issues have improved a lot and she has been eating a lot more table food. Mia's personality has also shown itself a lot more. She has a certain sassiness about her that now is cute but might end up being challenging as she gets older. She has also found her voice and can get quite loud. She loves to growl especially at her big brother and the dogs. Aiden continues to be a good big brother. He sometimes gets a little too affectionate with her and ends up hurting her so we need to remind him to be more gentle. I think though that she can hold her own against him - lol! We also took Mia to get her ears pierced - looks adorable with her little curls coming in. Sigh, my baby is growing up too fast.