...has been home 7 weeks now.
7 weeks of amazingness and transition and change and blessings.
Did I forget to mention cuteness?
Oh yea... 7 weeks of incredible cuteness!
She's pretty quiet. And by quiet I mean she's either hollering at me, or she's pretty quiet. Even her loudest most boisterous laugh really isn't anything more than a giggle. I think eventually she'll find find her voice among the hubbub of her siblings.
Her hair is growning a bit. Which I love. Can't wait to get some piggies in there!
Her vocabulary is continuing to improve. She has several words in her working vocabulary and is starting to put 2 words together regularly. Most importantly, she's now showing an interest in mimicking and attempting communication. She started speech therapy a couple weeks ago. She loves it, because after all, who doesn't love playing and attention. Her speech therapist is that same one Tess and Jude had a few years ago which make me so happy because she is an angel miracle worker that all the kiddos have adored!
Mimi is a very good sleeper. She has slept a full 8-10 hours every single night we've had her. For this I am so so very grateful and sane! And we are finally in a great bed and nap time routine that is the same as Tess and Jude's, going to bed about 6:30-7pm and sleeping till 6am, with a nap from 12:30-2pm.
Mimi is tiny. Kinda bobble head tiny, but nevertheless petite. She's right at 20 pounds, only gaining about 1/2 lb since we came home.
Did you see her pic here? She's in the middle in turquoise with the rumpled-up-nose grin. (There's a little pic of Tess & Jude too in black&white on the top too if you have eagle eyes.) Wonderful video btw!
Se loves to dance which fits right in around here!
She will not drink milk. Or formula. Or really thick formula. Or chocolate milk. Or Pediasure. Or strawberry milk. Or milk with sugar in it. Or warm milk. Or cold milk. Or milk in a bottle. Or milk in a sippy cup. Or Carnation Instant Breakfast. Or milk from a straw. Or milk from a cup. Or any combination of any of the above. (When we visited the orphanage the first thing she did was drink a bottle of formula from her foster mama. At this point, I'm pretty sure it was the last bottle and possibly the last milk she will ever consume.)
She doesn't really prefer sippy cups. But she's been quite adept using a regular ol' cup or water bottle or straw from the beginning. So I think we're going to skip the sippy-cup stage altogether.
Mimi doesn't prefer diapers either. This makes sense since we assume she rarely wore them, instead wearing split pants in China. But it does make for awkward moments in the checkout line of the Target... with her hands down her pants, trying to wiggle out of her diaper... and usually succeeding.
Our girl is one of the most tenacious little things ever. Seriously stubborn! She'll get a bee in her bonnet about which color cup she wants, or how many raisins she wants on her plate, or that her left shoe must go on her right foot, and she'll patiently wait for the world to bend to her every whim and desire... hollering all the while. She will not give. Not budge on single inch until she is obliged. This is the exception to her being quiet.
She will not use blankets. At all. They are evil. Which is odd since we saw a pile of blankets in every crib at her orphanage at least a foot high. She does like to sleep with a pillow, which was also in her crib in China. (IKEA crib pillow is awesome. Small and flat enough for a toddler, and fits my budget at $5.99.)
She loves silly bands. I was kinda hoping that the silly band craze had died. But no. They have suddenly reappeared in mass in our home, and Little Miss M will put them on and take them off over and over and over and over... She makes me wear them too. See above note re her tenacity.
The girl is seriously obsessed with shoes! She brings me a different pair of shoes many times a day to change in to. Which makes me happy that we stocked up on $5 squeaky shoes in China!
Did I mention how amazingly cute she is?
Ya, we're all wrapped around her little finger...