Two week update

Yesterday marked two weeks with Kate.  Here is an update:

Adjustment to our home/family:

She’s doing great!  She loves Sophia and Ella and is playing well with them.  She is beginning to want us to hold her where before, she really didn’t.  Over the past couple of days, she has started calling Tim “Daddy” and me “Momma”.  We had tried hard to go with “Mommy” simply because it’s different from the word she called her foster mom, but she seems fine with this.  She understands some of our routines already.  For example, when I start setting the table, she is climbing into her booster.

Personality:

She has really turned on even more since we’ve been home.  She loves to make us laugh.  I think once she’s settled in more, she is going to be a very happy little girl.  We are already getting lots of smiles and giggles.

Communication:

Many of you have asked how we are communicating with her.  This is at times easy, and at other times very difficult.  More or less we use a lot of sign language and gesturing as we emphasize key words.  This worked for me as a classroom teacher with ESL students, and it’s working great with her.  Sometimes I feel like we are playing charades, but it’s working!

Tim and I know a handful of Mandarin words, so we’ve also used these basics we know (water, milk, juice, bathroom, I love you, etc.) to get us through the first two weeks.  We learned a little of this through Chinese lessons a few years ago, but most have come through Sophie’s “Jade Goes to Chinese Kindergarten” DVDs.  🙂  Sunday night, Soph said, “I don’t know how she understands what we are saying, but she does!”  It’s simply the result of a three year old brain (think sponge) and the fact that she’s hearing English 100% of the day.  It’s not like she’s taking a one hour class each day.  I agree though, it’s amazing where she is at this point with language.  Some words/phrases she recognizes include:  Daddy, Mommy, Ella, Sophia, dog, Lucy, shoes, bye bye, let’s go, potty, drink, eat, hungry.

On a side note, Kate is tearing our house apart.  I know, I know, I said she’s organized.  Here’s the problem:  Everything here is new to her.  She doesn’t know what things are, where they go, what our expectations are, etc.  She just gets stuff out and moves it from one room to another.  It doesn’t help that we are unorganized right now — laundry is piled up everywhere, China souvenirs are everywhere, and basic household chores aren’t getting done because I’m too sleepy to do them.  If I could get myself organized, she would probably pick up on our routines.

The latest — She apparently removed my wallet from my purse last night or this morning.  I have no clue where it is.  Normally, I’d say to a three year old, “What did you do with my wallet?”  Can’t do that in this situation.  Guess I’ll just keep looking.

Kate is doing so much better than I dreamed possible.  That first 24 hours were so stressful and upsetting not only for her, but the three of us as well.  I’m so proud of her.  She’s so brave for going with the flow with a group of strangers.  I can only imagine how much better things will be two weeks from now!

 

 

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Two week update

  1. Michelle – Thank you so much for blogging this adventure! I have LOVED following your journey! Your girls are ADORABLE!!! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for your family!

  2. Michelle. Thank you for the wonderful updates. I have enjoyed every single one of them and have gone back to look at all the pictures. All three of your girls are just beautiful children.

  3. It’s so fun to ready about Kate’s personality really starting to come out. I remember that for both of uor kiddos…thanks for letting us “walk” with you through this journey. Blessings to all FIVE of you!

  4. I loved looking back at all your pictures you’ve added!! They help fill in the rest of the story….like the pic of the fish definitely helped me picture what was going on as you were writing about it. 🙂 You have so many great photos to document that trip–and everyone has such big smiles–what a great blog to save and show Kate one day. Thanks for taking the time to share, even with 20 minutes of sleep. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s