Blake grew 2.5 inches and gained 8 pounds! Miss Emery grew 4.5 inches and gained 14 pounds. Wow! The pediatrician believes Emery most likely was in failure to thrive status at the time of her adoption. Definitely not the case now!
The twins are healthy and happy.
Both went through a variety of difficult phases. Most were short lived. Although at the time, it seemed like some phases would never end! I am sure, as with all children, we will encounter more "phases". Since we all survived the first year, we should be able to handle the future!
The twins faced many challenges and their progress has been amazing to watch unfold. Some of the challenges overcome that I am forever grateful include:
Emery smiling and laughing all the time - at first it was rare to see a smile on our little girl's face.
Blake learning to deal with his emotions in a good way - in the beginning there were many tantrums.
Both kids being potty trained - enough said.
Being able to tuck Emery in at night all cozy under her blankets with lots of kisses and hugs - for
many months, Emery would not allow us to do this at all.
Blake telling everyone he knows that I am his Mom - he is so happy and proud to have a family.
Emery making me carry her around often - all 50 pounds of her - at first, she would not allow this.
Blake fighting with his big sisters - this truly says "family".
Emery beginning to talk and playing pretend - brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
Blake's excitement about getting a prosthetic leg - this little guy's outlook on life amazes me daily.
God has certainly blessed us as a family and blessed these two kids. I shudder thinking of where they would be today, if we had not adopted them.
And finally I have the twins one year home video finished. Only a month late! Sorry it is a bit long, but I wanted to capture the changes in our twins since being home.