Thursday, October 2, 2008

Health and Development (or, measures and meanings)

********* This post originally composed 10/1/08*********

Yesterday Anna had her first visit with the doctor. Man, she is tiny by US standards! (See a girls height and weight chart here.) She is 30.25 inches tall which puts her at the 50th percentile. After meeting her birthmother, she may just be a 50th percentile child in terms of height.

At only 8.4 kg (about 18.5 lbs) she is not even on the chart for weight. While the doctors all agree that she is healthy, developmentally appropriate, and well-attached, her weight will be watched closely. We are awaiting the results of her blood work and stool samples (I suspect worms, honestly) and we will go from there. Given that she is active, engaging, and eating pretty much everything in sight, we will just feed her nice fattening foods and see how she does!

Speaking of Anna's development, she now says 7 words, and babbles and sings in between words. She says:

Momma (that's me! This was her first word)

Moah ("more"- she can also make the sign for more when she wants to, but like most toddlers, it's only IF she wants to!)

Ab-bah (Abigail)

Ney (Amharic for "come"- she will say this and put her arms out to be picked up, or if her toy is too far away, she will point at it and say "ney!")

Hi! (she waves, too, when she feels like it, but never when you request it of her!)

Don (John)

Lee-Lee (Lily)

She also makes a grunting/gorilla sound when she sees the cat, and while she was initially terrified of Lily, she now thinks the cat is delightful (as long as there is a grown up around to rescue her should Lily actually turn out to be a demon cat.)

Abigail is definitely Anna's favorite toy. No one makes Anna laugh like Abigail does! When Abigail calls Anna, she faithfully trots after her, even if it is just to watch Abigail go potty! Nothing that Abigail does is to little for Anna to notice- and I get the feeling that imitation is next:)

I think (and every one around us agrees) that Anna is attaching quite well. She knows that I am her Momma. And even when I have to correct her behavior, she still wants to receive her comforting and love from me. I am the only person that she will initiate kisses with:) When she is upset, I am the one she wants holding her, and when she is happy or achieves a new skill, she wants to make sure I have seen it. I am not claiming to be totally attached and bonded, but considering that I have only been with this child for a little over 2 weeks, I think things are coming along nicely in that department.

Now, sleeping through the night? That is a whole other ball game. So far, in the past 2 weeks, Anna has slept through the night twice. Once on a fluke on Saturday night, and then again last night (after getting 6 shots and a blood draw!) Every other night she has woken up at 3am at the latest- sometimes sooner. I really think she wakes up because she is hungry and uncomfortable (she tends to poop between 1am and 3am) because when I clean her up and she sucks down a bottle, she is able to go right back to sleep, sometimes for up to 3 more hours before she wakes up and demands food!

We are still trying to figure out a schedule. She missed her nap yesterday and today because of doctor's visits, and she did surprisingly well during the afternoon and evening. John says maybe she is just one of those kids who needs to sleep from 7pm to 7am, take a short morning nap (she usually rests from 9-10am) and then be up for the rest of the day.

Man, I hope not.

Anyway, here is some fun from our first days home. Now that the super-fun people (read- Teta and Gaga) have left, I hope we can keep up the pictures and the fun... but they set the bar pretty high!


Mamá to the best 2 said...

love the bath vid and pics!! i am sooo glad to hear how wonderfully everyone is doing! i'll be praying for more sleep (for everyone's sake :)

haze said...

I'm not much of a blog crier, but the sight of sisters Abigail (Ab-bah!) and Anna together got my eyes pricking. So beautiful. Abigail is the best big sister and those two are going to be inseparable for life. You must be overjoyed with your girls.

Dawn said...

What a wonderful sight! They are adorable together.

Ted and Lori said...

I agree with Haze: seeing the sisters together just GOT me. Such sweetness.

familyinflux said...

How precious! I am glad to hear that everyone is adjusting well. It has been great keeping up with your trip.

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