Monday, June 11, 2012
My baby girl...I'm still in awe that God saw fit to give me such a blessing. And I can't believe that later this month, she will have been ours for three years! Wow has the time flown. She had her 4 year old checkup today and she now weighs 39 pounds and is 41 inches tall! She also got 4 immunizations and she was so brave. I could tell she was trying hard not to cry but by the third shot the tears were welling up and by the last one they were flowing..but that was the MMR which really burns. Just about broke my heart.
Kerry seems to be in kind of a funny place lately. Hard to explain. She still my happy, silly, energetic girl..she just seems a bit more clingy, in an " I need some extra attention" kind of way at times. And even though she is becoming more independent in ways, she has been sooo, so affectionate and cuddly lately. She's even taken using a "baby talk" at times. It's all very, very sweet and Lord knows I love getting lots of hugs and kisses from my girl but it's kind of making me wonder if somehow, on some level, the anniversary is to blame. I've read that this is not uncommon in adopted children.
Then there are some of the things she's said lately.
While crawling around and pretending to be a baby she said:
"I'm a baby. I don't have a home. I don't have anybody to keep me".
Of course I had to scoop her up immediately and assure her that I would be happy to keep her forever.
While playing with her favorite stuffed animal friends she'll tell me that so-and-so is "sad because he doesn't have a mommy and daddy."
Yesterday after showering me with hugs and kisses she said:
"I'm giving you lots of hugs because you take good care of me and I gave you ten kisses so you know I'm gonna keep you forever".
Be still my heart.
She has also used the term "adopted" in reference to herself for the first time yesterday. We have several adoption themed children's books that we've read to her since just after she came home and she likes to watch her adoption video. We've always tried to talk about it as much as her age and interest level allows (she usually has only mild interest in the subject), but I don't think she's really started internalizing it until lately which makes me wonder if this might be to blame for what's been going on with my girl lately.
Not sure, but I guess I will just give her all the extra attention and hugs that she seems to be wanting right now and try to listen to the things she seems to be saying without really "saying" them.
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