Saturday, November 5, 2011

Update and signing off!

I wanted to share one last post before ending our adoption blog.  Amelia has been a busy girl lately.  She was evaluated for speech and had a global developmental evaluation as well.  She is doing great in everything except for expressive language.  We were very encouraged by the evaluations and are looking forward to getting her speech therapy started soon.  We would love for her to be able to communicate better so she isn't frustrated.  She does well with signing and usually can get her point across, but I know it would be so much easier for her if she could use words!

She had her two-year-old check-up last week.  She is at the 75% for height and off the chart for weight!  She is 32 pounds -- no wonder I feel like I need a massage!  She got a clean bill of health and didn't even peep when she got her flu mist or immunizations!

Amelia celebrated her 2nd birthday a couple of weeks ago.  We had a pumpkin theme for her party.

She enjoyed all of her gifts, but the cards that sing were the absolute best!

She got her gifts from us on her actual birthday, and we have had many tea parties since then.

We have started the proceedings for her readoption in IL (mostly so she will be able to get an IL birth certificate whenever she needs one), and we had to take her to the county sheriff's office to be served her court papers.  Her court date is scheduled for January 6th.

Amelia thoroughly enjoyed her first Halloween.  We don't go crazy over this holiday, but we do let the kids dress up and take them around to family members and a few friends to trick or treat.  Amelia's costume was easy - she went as the China doll that she is!  After about the second stop she had the candy thing all figured out and eagerly held up her bucket at each house.

Overall, Amelia continues to amaze us.  She is easy-going, caring, affectionate, mostly compliant, and generally a very happy little girl.  Every once in a while she has a moment that reminds us that she has only recently joined our family -- a nightmare that leaves her in tears, short moments of time when she seems to withdraw a bit.  But these are far between and short-lived, and we are so thankful that she is doing so well.  To God be the glory!

This will be my last post, as the purpose of this blog was to chronicle our adoption process, and our Amelia has now been with us for nearly 5 months!  Thanks for following along!


  1. Thanks for sharing your journey! It has been a big source of encouragement and advice for us as we are along our adoption journey. I plan to be in touch soon with you to get some travel advice. I just need to get my act together and brainstorm (and write down!) all the questions that go through my head at random points during the day and night.

  2. God bless you guys! It's been fun to share in your journey. Amelia is adorable, and I'm so glad she's adjusting well. :)

  3. I think we too have come to the end of our blog... for now... I hope we can stay in tough though.

    WOW, your little girl is so NOT Little!!! I am glad to hear she is doing so well. We are on a waiting list to have Cori evaluated for her delays (which I am still shocked are so much less than her file said). We are thinking speech therapy and possible PT.

    Happy Birthday Amelia!!!

  4. Hey, hoping you get this! Wasn't sure how else to I have your email? Anyway, thanks for your comment today. Do you think A has apraxia? Her progress sounds great! It's definitely a SLOW process...I am learning patience, and it's NO fun! ;)

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