Friday, November 11, 2016

getting back to normal

Well, we're just starting to get our groove down...just in time for me to return to work on Monday.  It's definitely time to go back.  A shout out to all of you stay at home parents.  I have a great amount of admiration for you now, as I know it's not a job for me.  And for those of you who are wondering, through the end of the year, on the days that CJ works, I will stay at home and vice versa.  This way one of is with Madeleine for the first 2 1/2 months at home.

Comparatively speaking, it was a busy week for us, and Madeleine did extremely well!

On Monday morning, we met with Madeleine's pediatrician.  The point of this visit was to get some baseline measurements and rule out any major problems, of which there were none.  We did learn she's gained about 1-1.5 lbs. in about 3 weeks.

Madeleine also has an international adoption doctor at Riley, and we'll see her next month.  That visit is a little more in-depth -- she'll have blood drawn, the doctor will determine what vaccinations she will need and when, and she'll refer us to other specialists if need be.

After that, we headed up to Grandpa and Grandma's house for a quick visit.  We're not sure why she was doing this, but she thought it was hysterical.  Every day, we see more and more of her personality -- which is quite happy and giggly -- come out.

Madeleine got her first ride in the combine with Grandpa too.  She immediately grabbed the wheel and pressed buttons. Grandpa thought it was cute.  I'm pretty sure if I'd done that, Grandpa wouldn't have thought it was so cute.

Tuesday was our first caseworker visit.  We are required to report back to China on Madeleine's progress four times the first year and then again in years 2, 3, and 5.

After that, Madeleine and I went to vote.  We don't want to talk about what happened.

I'm still learning what's appropriate cold-weather wear for children.  This might have been overkill.  She didn't rip it off, so I'm guessing she was comfortable.

Madeleine and I took our first solo trip to Target this morning so CJ could grab a nap.  She loved it!

Our pediatrician had commented on her low muscle tone, which completely makes sense given her circumstances and since she can't walk independently yet, so she got this ride on/pushing Minnie airplane at the store.  I didn't realize that it made noise and the propeller spun around until after I purchased it.  Prior to getting her, I was pretty adamant that she'd play with wooden blocks or high quality toys. (#snob) Now that she's here, well...we own all the annoying toys now.

We've ended our week with an initial visit from First Steps.  This was an introductory meeting to get some basic info about us and Madeleine.  A physical therapist and speech therapist will come back to visit in about a month to do a formal assessment and then determine if Madeleine qualifies for any services.  We think she's a pretty sharp little girl, but we're anxious to get her up to speed as quickly as possible.

Someone is waking up from her nap, so that'll have to do for now.

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