"We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands."--- Kristi Larson

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We are on the charts!!!!!

Photo #1 - 1st week home
Photo #2 - evidence that sister has been hitting the candy dish!!!

We had our appointment with ECI this morning. Our case worker was so excited to see Ava's full cheeks. We see ava everyday so sometimes it is hard to see the progress in the weight area. I have been adding butter and cheese to everything this little lady eats. One thing about Ava she is not a picky eater.The only thing she does not like is potatoes in any form other than french fries. She loves to eat !Her favorite treat is M&M's! Of course all chocolate falls under the M&M label. So after breakfast every morning she heads over to the candy dish and begins her requests for her morning fix.We I think her love affair with that candy dish has payed off...We are now on the growth charts!!!!!!!!
She is currently 10% for weight and 3% for height!!!! Compared to the boy's who were always in the 95% this seems like a drop in the bucket. I have to keep reminding myself that she was half their birth weight and have any of you ever had cabbage soup??? Yikes!
We are continuing to work on speech. This seems to be the only area that we are focusing on with ECI. Remarkably she comprehends everything that we say to her. Picking up instructions in a different language is not an easy task.She is really starting to branch out from her simple words and form some phrases. This morning she was following me a little to close and when I stopped she ran into me and fell down. I picked her up and said "Sorry Charlie" and she responded " I not Charlie" ! She is so sweet and silly!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ready or not Summer is here !!!!

Well ,summer is here again! We have been really busy the last couple of weeks. I now officially am the mother of a first grader, a sophomore in high school and a tantrum throwing soon to be two year old! Yes , I will be that Mom that will span all of the schools! I am okay with that just as long as know one asks Ava is that your Grandmother !!!!
Things have been a little crazy around here and we are only four days into summer.The challenge is finding activities that interest everyone despite the large gap in ages!Jake still hold the top place as Ava's fav. As you can see by the photos he is really silly!
Here are some photos of some our summertime fun. Check out sister's tummy!!!! We are so excited ! When we arrived home with Ava she could wear a 3-6 month onesie and barely a size 2 shoe. Now, fast forward 10 months... she is wearing 12-18 months and a size 5 shoe!She is still so tiny but we are packing on the calories!!!