Sunday, July 26, 2015

First Two Weeks HOME

The first two weeks Macy was home were almost surreal.  As an adoptive mom who has learned much over the last 8-10 years about kids from hard places, trauma, etc and having done lots of research coming into this international adoption as opposed to adopting through foster care, I was prepared as much as I could be.  I watched for red flags over our bonding trip, and there were some.  I prepped for food issues and read up on ways to work on connection.  I studied others' experiences and suggestions regarding the spectrum of attachment issues from mild to severe, from tantrums to rages, from fear to anxiety.  I. Was. Ready.

And then she actually came home.

And (knock on wood) it's been GREAT.  I feel silly saying that.  I keep waiting for that ever loving shoe to fall.  But it hasn't.  Is she perfect?  Is everything kittens and rainbows and butterflies?  NO  But no kids are.  She is as "normal" as any other five year old I know.  And SO. STINKING. SMART.  I was prepared to keep her home a year to help her acclimate to family and culture and language.  Oh no - she is SO going to kindergarten!  She is READY.  She will THRIVE even more.  I can't wait!

We had such a blast getting to know one another.

We played blocks and she copied every pattern I created.


She LOVES water and the water table has been a big hit!



As has our little pool.



She has a good buddy who lives nearby and is the son of good friends.

 

Her buddy has a scooter and she was rocking it, so we got her one as well!



She LOVES her siblings and has so much fun with them!


She learned how to pedal and ride her new bike in one day.  
She worked HARD for that accomplishment!





She has loved trying new foods and treats.  
She likes most things but is not a fan of some.  
No biggie, just like anyone else!







She LOVES "doing hair" with Olivia so we got her her own "head" to practice on!



Good friends had a surprise "Shower" for me with lots of great gift cards and sentiments!!!









We had such a GREAT first two weeks.
Which helped tremendously for the next week or so after that - which was really one of the roughest times of my life.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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