Sunday, September 30, 2012

5 Months Home

Emery and Blake have been home now for 5 months.  Some recent milestones we have reached:

Emery is about  90% potty trained.  She still has an occasional accident.  She also does not communicate that she has to go when we are not at home.  Still working on that.

Blake started 1st grade and absolutely loves it.  His teacher and skills support specialist are very happy with his progress, feel he fits in well with his classmates and is a happy, joyful little boy.

Emery has been in therapy for 4 weeks.  Her therapist provided a progress report last week and can already see improvement.  She feels Emery has lots of potential.  Very good to hear.  Emery has mastered various puzzles and other therapeutic activities.  Which is a major change since she could not sit still for more than 2 minutes when she first arrived home.

Blake's self-care skills have improved from virtually none to many.  He uses the potty by himself, flosses and brushes his teeth, dresses himself, washes his hair and body himself, gets his own snacks, and cleans up after himself.

Emery loves to be held and cuddled.  She will randomly crawl on our laps throughout the day.  She seeks me out to engage in play with her.  She puts her head on my shoulder when I carry her.  She puts my arms around her when she is on my lap.  I am amazed at how far our little girl has come.  There is nothing better than holding a child that initially didn't want to be near you.

Blake bickers with his sisters and occasionally is a little mouthy with mom.  I know this may seem like a strange milestone.  But, this tells me that he is fitting in with our family.  He and the girls act like normal siblings.  Him being a little bit mouthy at times seems normal as well.  He is comfortable enough to voice his opinion because he feels safe.  He knows we love him and he understands that he is part of our family.

Emery is completely over her hitting episodes.  She is back to her normal giggly little self.  We are not walking on egg shells anymore with her and she is doing fine.  Thank you God for bringing her back to us.  I know we may face more of this stuff in the future.  At least I now know we can get through it.

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