Thursday, November 3, 2011

Six Months Home

Just 6 months ago, right now I was slowly climbing out of a limousine in my driveway, and walking into my home.  It was a very sur real experience, and one of the most memorable.  We were returning home after being on the other side of the world for over 6 weeks.  We walked out of our home a nervous, excited family of 3, and returned an exhausted, ecstatic family of 4 (and in no small way thanks to all of you!!!!!) :)

How quickly time flys by, how many moments we miss as we try to make it through each day.  SO very much has changed in this household since I started writing this blog 18 months ago, much of that since our return from Easter Europe with our new daughter.  I know that I've been terrible at updating since we got home.  Adjustment for all of us was different then I expected.  I do respond to emails though if anyone has any questions or wants to connect.

I thought in this post that I would first give you what everyone has been waiting for, a photo update.  Make sure to scroll down though and read through all of the great things that we have been doing, learning, and creating since I went MIA from the Internet.


Our last visit at the Orphanage

1/2 hour after breaking free, running and playing in the city :)

Our new family of 4 in front of the city zoo gates
Meeting her baby cousin (born the day that we first meet K)


At home without a hat or winter coat.  And with puddle boots full of water :)


Discovering the joys and love of a Grandad

Hanging out with Daddy

At the Confederation Bridge, PEI

Playing at the most awesome park I've EVER seen, in PEI


Sisters, forever

Ready for the pool

Standing on the ocean floor, Bay of Fundy NS

What's childhood if you never get to be a princess of Burger King ?

At the Sutton Fair

First time on a pony

With a butterfly on her leg at the Butterfly Conservatory (she didn't like this at all!!!)

Finding a new look

First time I gave her an ice cream of her own


Petting a sting ray at the Toronto Zoo, K's first Thanksgiving

Riding a pony at her cousin's birthday party

Loven the farm :)
  
Helping Aunti move into her new home


Ready for the Library Halloween Party



Ready to go Trick or Treating
Our little Miss K has come so far since we arrived home.  She is settling into family life so well.  She has attended countless family dinners, birthdays, holidays, celebrations, etc already.  She can easily name most of her cousins from photos when she just looks blankly at photos of children from her groupa and I have to tell her who they are.  She is completely toilet trained, again (as they put her in diapers when she entered the children's house).  She no longer must eat with a bib on, although we are working on not wearing so much of our meal on our face and not wiping our hands on our clothes (but who doesn't have to work on that with busy little ones).  She always tries to use her fork and spoon when eating now.  She understands at least 95% of what we are saying to her.  I understand at least 90% of what she is saying to me.  She had started out in a booster seat, but was quickly moved to a car seat when she couldn't stop herself from twisting herself all the way around to look out all of the windows while we were driving, but is now graduated back to a booster seat.  She no longer fake cries, or tests the rules at bed time.  She no longer gets out of bed and wanders around during the night.  She has stopped trying to eat my make up, and knows to stay out of that draw.  She knows where her draw is in the bathroom, and applies her own make up when the mood strikes.  She is now able to walk with us in the grocery store and doesn't have to ride in the cart, and is almost at the point where she doesn't have to hold my hand the entire time.  And so much more, but I just can't think of it right now.  She is doing amazing :)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!  To all of you who played a part in helping us to bring our beautiful girl home.  With out you our lives would have a huge hole in it where she belonged, and she would still be sitting in a diaper in the special needs room at the children's house (provided that they didn't transfer her when they transferred Josiah..., oh too much to think about!!!) either waiting for permission from the other little girl in the groupa to play with something, or running around in a wild crazed way with the rest of the kids.  I know that so many of you love our daughter, think about her often, and have held her close to your hearts and held her in your prayers.  I hate that I have not been able to update here on a regular basis, and that many of you have been left to wonder and hope.  That was never my intention.  The reality of bringing this sweet girl home and into our lives was very different then I thought it would be, and our lives have just continued to grow in busyness since then.  Not an excuse, just honestly about who we are and where we are in our lives right now.  K has also had the experience of becoming a big sister to a baby recently, as we are now fostering a 3 month old baby with microcephaly.  Never a dull moment here, and apparently this Momma never plans on sleeping again.... ;)

I do hope to post again soon.  And it is my full intention to have all of our thank you cards/bookmarks etc our to everyone by early December at the latest.  Thank you for all of your patience and understanding.  Much love and many blessings to all of you ooxooxooxooxoo  :) 

Beamish Family Sept. 2011

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update! so glad to hear she is doing well

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  2. Always enjoy reading good updates :) She's looking beautiful and like you said, she's looking like she's a perfect fit. ♥ Thanks for the update :D

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  3. Thank you so much for the update. I checked back every now and again to see how you were doing. After I saw a post on Reeces' Rainbow on FB I checked again. I'm so glad I did.
    I don't imagine it was always easy but seeing these pictures tells me that it was all worth it.
    Congrats on your family. When you have time, I wouldnt mind hearing more about your experiences.

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