Well it surely is hard to believe that we have been home for just over 4 months now. Since we have been home I have noticed a couple of things. The first is that I share less with strangers now. What I mean by that is this. When we first got home, I think I told every person I came in contact with that we just got home from Russia and that Vera was adopted. Part of it was the excitement. The other part was I was probably making sure they knew why she didn’t talk or communicate as well as their kids. Also, she was very attached (still is) to me. But back then, it wasn’t like it is now, a “I prefer my momma vs you” it was more of a fear and she relied on me to protect her from all the strangeness. Which of course I was very happy to do. So, what I mean by this is that we now know how the other operates, thinks, feels and loves. Don’t get me wrong. Each day offers new insight into who Vera is and who she is becoming. I love that. I guess I don’t feel like I need to share how I become her mommy now with everyone. They just see me as her mommy and I love that. I love her. More so than I ever imagined and more each day…
The other thing I noticed is that I LOVE following along with others who are in the beginning stages, middle stage and after stage of adoption. I was very sad the other day when one of my favorite blogs that was a source to come across and follow along on other Russian adoptions shut down. My new task is to track blogs down and build my sidebar. Anyway. the reason I love following along is because I miss Russia in a weird way. I used to think that I wouldn’t want to take Vera there until she was an older teen. But I would love to go back and visit in a few years. If it wasn’t on the other side of the world I would probably go back this summer. But it is and we won’t but I do miss it…
I signed Vera up for a creative dance class. She really seems to like it. She follows along and smiles and laughs a lot. Last Friday I was a little worried. There are 8 other girls in her class. 5 of them pretty much decided to not listen to the teacher and to run around the room, hanging on ballet bars, turning off lights, running, laying on the floor, etc. The teacher asked them no less than 5 times to stop and follow along. Hanging on the ballet bars is prohibited and of course the lights.. but anyway, finally the mothers came in and they too asked their kids no less than 5 times to pay attention. Had it been me, I would have excused Vera after my 3rd warning and she certainly would not have received a sticker at the end of class. At the end of class, one of the mothers came up to me and told me Vera was such a good listener. I assume that was a compliment. So I smiled and said Thank You 🙂
This weekend we are going to a get together for families that used Adopt International. They are the local agency that did my homestudy. They have an annual Love party and Vera and I plan on attending. For my adoption I used European Children Adoption Services (ECAS). I wish they were closer so I could pass by and hug each of them!
Lets see.. some Vera updates. She currently thinks that mirrors are the most fun. She loves to look at herself and make funny faces. Each face cracks me up more than the previous. She loves to be outside. We go to the park and she slides and laughs and then we head over to the pond to watch the ducks, then back to the playground 🙂 She gets frustrated easily if she can’t make a toy work immediately. Vera continues to learn more words though she still isn’t stringing more than 1 together very often. But I keep reminding myself it has only been 4 months.
Vera loves coffee so I need to be sure not to leave my cup lying around as she will drink it up. She also drinks water all the time and every once in a while will have a glass of apple juice or one of those water coolers by capri sun. She has grown quite a bit and it will be interesting to see the stats when we head to our 6 month home visit with the pediatrician in a couple of months. Her hair is so much healthier now and she just got a trim last week. The first one since we got home and it looks fantastic. What else….. oh she finally realized I have a tattoo on my lower back. It’s a scottish lion. As I was doing yard work last weekend, she decided to join me up on the little hillside in the yard (it’s a glorified planter box really). Anyway, as I was reaching across the rose bushes to trim them and my shirt rose and she saw the tattoo. She began petting it.. it was too cute! LOL. She was like “lion momma. lion”. hahahah
Well that is about it! Have a great rest of the week. I will leave you with a little picture of my little Russian beauty….