Thursday, November 13, 2008
We've passed the nine month mark since bringing Maddie home and I have to honestly tell you - it feels like she's always been a part of our family.
Its weird how it works.
I was telling my sister-in-law, Valerie the other day...with the three older children it took about six months to feel like they were really mine (in a nobody is going to take them away, kind of way) a year to reach a new normal...and two years to get to the point where I couldn't remember life without them.
I'm already past all of those marks with Maddie.
She is honestly and truly a ready-made fit for this family.
Anyway...you didn't come here to listen to me get all sappy.
You came for an update...so here you go!
Its been a month since Maddie started preschool, and while I still have some concerns about how overstimulated she gets...and her inability to calm down, I have to say it has done wonders for her speech.
This kid is talking.
And we're starting to understand her!
Just the other day she told me, 'Not right now. Wait.'
Valerie told me last weekend every time she sees us, she sees progress. A huge comfort, coming from another international adoptive parent. I’m too close to Maddie to see the little steps she’s making...but Valerie says she's noticing some big changes, especially Maddie seeking me out, looking for me when she needs me.
After that talk, I started noticing a few things too....
The other night I read through the early blogs - the ones where I talked about Maddie working to get away from us to go to other adults.
That is a thing of the past.
Maddie doesn't try to get away from us at all anymore…in fact we’ve moved “mostly’ past the stage where she runs up to other adults at all. She still isn’t afraid to talk to adults, but she isn’t seeking them out, holding up her hands to be held or sticking her nose on their nose, trying to get their attention.
She is even starting to show some signs of being hesitant around adults.
For the first time the other day someone said Hi! to her and she hid behind my leg.
I about jumped for joy! While we certainly don't want to squash her outgoing personality...we do want her to be a little more reserved, instead of just running up and hugging absolutely anyone on the street.