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Wednesday, February 6, 2008



Sometimes you just have to wonder what is going on in that little 3-year-old mind! ;)
Maddie is a big talker.
All the time.
And we don't have a clue what she's saying.
You'd think there would be a huge language barrier...but surprisingly it's not much of an issue. Since Maddie has some hearing loss and because I knew it would help us communicate much quicker, I started teaching her some very limited sign language when we first saw her in the orphanage. By the end of our first visit she was able to sign 'more' when she wanted more and 'all done' when she was finished.
The girl is quick!
Still, with the hearing loss comes some pronunciation issues, so we figure the signs will help us truly understand what she wants. And it works. Just this morning she walked up to me and said, 'Mama,' and then signed the word 'eat'.
How awesome is that?!!!
She's already able to say 'Mama' and of course 'Papa' so we're good there. So while the sounds aren't there yet...the thought process and communication are.
And she's learning new words everyday. Words like Mama, Papa, potty, bye bye, all of the kids' names except for Alek who she calls 'Walla'...he loves it'; all done, night-night (ni-ni), Hello - which is more like the Russian version of 'allo' Actually, anytime she plays with her phone she says, 'allo? da!' She must have heard the caregivers on their cell phones; and nose.
The rest we communicate through the pantamime game. Now I'm glad I got so much practice in during my taxi cab days.
Whoa! Did I just say that?!
No! Must have been somebody else. ;>)

10 salty messages:

kate February 7, 2008 at 10:42 AM  

the sibs look soooo happy to have maddie home!

Anonymous,  February 7, 2008 at 12:37 PM  

"Potty" is a very good word to know! ;-D Sounds like things are going nicely; so glad Maddie is getting along so well. Hope the adjustment to her new home will continue to be smooth. I bet the other kids hate it when they have to leave her to go to school. And I'm sure she misses them, too! - Melinda H.

DoveFamily February 7, 2008 at 1:38 PM  

Fun stuff! Glad things are going well. Isn't it great to be home? :)

teresa February 7, 2008 at 3:23 PM  

I was thinking of how much older Maddie is than any of your others when they came home with you. She is so smart, that even with a hearing and language barrier, she is able to pick up so much. She will continue to learn fast. She has so much more time in her native country that she will have more adjustments culturally than the other kids. She will do well with all the help you give her, but it will take her longer in some ways to get over the honeymoon period and work on some of the adjustments. We found that for each year older the kids were when they came the longer it took for them to test us to see if we were serious about keeping them, even if they weren't aware of it. I am glad her adjustment is going so well, and that this isn't your first rodeo, so you know what to expect. She will one day remember this time of adjustment and hopefully fill you in on what she was thinking.

Jason, Erica, and Ashton Reed February 7, 2008 at 3:39 PM  

We are so excited for your family! Your journey is also encouraging for the rest of us who have had bad 1st appointments and are still waiting to find our child. We've read your adoption blog faithfully and certainly laughed and cried right along with you. Thank you for sharing your story and for allowing all of us the opportunity to pray for you and join in your journey!

MamaPoRuski February 7, 2008 at 7:15 PM  

So glad things are going well with all the sibs her communication skills. I hope your sleep catches up with you, but not in the form of a cold or flu bug! Take good care of yourself too during this 'down' time!

Nataliya February 8, 2008 at 7:16 AM  

What a great idea about the sign language! Sounds like Maddie is a very smart girl - she'll start speaking English in no time!

P.S. I love your kids' middle names!

Mike & Tara February 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM  

Love the new site! It's so great to hear how well she's adjusting. I hope your internal clock is back on USA time now. It took us about a week to sleep thru the night and not wake up at 3am.

Missy February 8, 2008 at 8:26 PM  

Tami,
I'm so glad you and Maddie are finally home! My coworkers probably feel like they know you since I've done nothing but talk about you for the last month or so. (Actually longer, but don't think I'm a stalker!) ;) Thanks for all the comments you leave on my blog. Sometimes I think you're the only one who reads my blog...but you make me feel special with all your comments!

Irina February 9, 2008 at 5:16 AM  

Tami! I am happy to be again with you, with your big family. I am glad, your travel has ended. A new life ahead: for you, for your children. Let all will be good!

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