I can't believe we've had him home for a week already. He's changed so much since the shy little guy we met in an orphanage in December, no even from the shy and quiet little guy we visited in the orphanage in late May before our court appearance. It is amazing how much he's opened up and how active and happy he is now. I was really expecting a child who was quite far behind in development but he's really doing quite well all things considered. At 19 months old he's off-the-charts-small for his age (some 12 month sized clothes are still a bit big on him) but his head size is in the 50th percentile and the doctors are telling us that he'll catch up in weight and height. He's surprised us with the amount of chatter coming out of him since he's been home (he was pretty much silent at the orphanage) and the things he can do by himself. He walks and runs quite well and has pretty good fine motor skills. We found out last night that he is pretty capable with a spoon and again this morning...
I guess I had been under the impression that he had always been fed by someone at the orphanage, that was all we had ever seen them do. He sure didn't like picking things up off the tray with his fingers but for fun we gave him a spoon and he's eaten almost the whole bowl of food by himself at three different meals and now that we've found some things he likes to eat we're really in business. Eating has been our biggest challenge so far- in the region he ate everything put in front of him, in Moscow he rejected almost everything except rice cereal and fruit even though we were buying the exact same brands of food we'd had in region. Same thing at home until Wednesday night when we discovered that beef stew is his most favorite thing ever apparently. So now we're up to a diet of rice cereal, some baby fruit, Gerber puff cereal, Pringles, beef stew, mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings, juice, animal crackers, the occasional other cracker or cookie, sometimes a piece of cheese, and a few sips of milk if he feels like it. We're making progress and I'm a happy Mom.
Lest you think I've done nothing for the past month except Mom stuff, I do actually have a stitching pic for you as well.
This is the beginning of the Donna Vermillion Hydrangea Pillow out of JCS stitched on a mushroom colored 28 ct evenweave. It'll eventually be for my mother and it is what I stitched on while we were in Russia. Not bad for a month's work in a foreign country while chasing an 18 month old for half the time we were there. I'll have to get the Pumpkin Pillow on the scanner sometime soon too, it's almost done and I'm trying hard to finish it during nap times and in the evening after bed. Speaking of, I'd better get going if I'm going to get anything else done during nap time today:) I'll be back soon and hopefully will start to get some trip pics uploaded, no guarantees for tomorrow though- the grandparents are coming and I believe they're bringing new toys and an inflatable pool!