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Friday, June 25, 2010

2 years ago today

A court in Tallinn Estonia made Tom and I Amanda's parents. In Estonia, they actually remove the old birth certificate from their records and replace it with one in our names, or so I am told. That made me feel rather sad, as if they were erasing her birth family from her existence. We do have her original BC though. I never forget to say a prayer for Amanda's birth mother and to thank her for allowing Amanda a chance of a forever family. Yes, we are her parents now, but her history and heritage will always lie in her home country, she got her genes from there, her blond hair and sky blue eyes were from someone in her family, I hope they think of her sometimes too...

Amanda on a 104 degree day

Our little waif has changed a lot, but it happened so gradually, we did not notice, now all of a sudden we are seeing her as a different little girl. One major change is a little pot belly, oh my, who would have ever thought skinny Amanda would get a belly? She is very strong though, little stinker does a Pilates-like abdominal move hundreds of times a day, I could never do it like she does. It amazes everyone. LOL She actually moves constantly, either waving objects around, or sliding them on the floor, rocking on the dog,  or trying to walk across the floor, she rarely sits still. I think I would cease to have a weight problem if I did everything she did all day.

She adores this little rocking toy, originally it was purchased for Kara, but Kara is too big for it now, she tried to rock the other day and the dog refused to move for her, Kara was an unhappy gal.. Amanda has decided that it is a ride on toy and scoots it all over the yard. The bottom has been worn away so much it barely rocks any longer, and there is a hole forming along the side! We are considering getting a new one for her,  but I wonder if she would still choose this one?

Amanda  and Kara adore the pool, but the pool looses their bowels and mommy and daddy are so weary of fishing out little surprises and emptying that pool, scrubbing down the little stinkers, ugh.  I am hoping for potty awareness soon, hoping and praying, I think Kara may be ready, I am thinking of building a privacy screen and letting her go beside the pool in the potty chair, weird I know, but we have to start somewhere. Thankfully Meghan is past this stage.

Amanda has learned to play, now that probably sounds funny, because shouldn't playing come naturally for children? Well before we had Meghan, I used to think so, but sometimes they need a little help.

When she came home, Amanda would grab objects and shake them, her favorites were envelopes and pieces of paper. She would get lost in the shaking, doing it over and over; repetitive behaviors, obsessive behaviors. Common when your child has autism too.

So it really warms my heart when I peek outside when she is playing and see her hugging a dolly baby, planting kisses on their little faces, running her hands over their hair. She is also putting objects into things now, she used to take them out and toss them over her shoulder, so that is progress as well. She enjoys rolling a ball to us, but she also throws it over her head and behind her, and she laughs her head off. Meghan retrieves it and we start over.

She is exploring different toys in the yard, and venturing into places she should not go. Like the dogs water!

No matter how well we block this off, she still finds her way to it, Amanda loves water, splashing in it, swimming, playing with the hose, a far cry from her first bath in Tallinn, when she was terrified and trembling. Now she hears water running, and she is there in a flash.

Amanda can walk, she is still getting steady on her feet, but her leg muscles were pretty atrophied, still she exercises daily and is gaining better upper leg strength. Her calves are skinny little sticks, though not as thin as they were. You can see muscles in her upper thighs that were not there before, she will continue to improve.

She still prefers to scoot to get where she is going, but she also crawls on her hands and knees now, which to me is a delight to see, gotta love motor planning progress.

After a long afternoon in the pool, what does a little girl do? She falls asleep on her favorite toy. 

Adoption is such a wonderful gift; Amanda is our beloved sweetheart, sometimes frustrating, often stubborn and LOUD when she does not get her way, she is also sweet and silly and loving. Her therapists say she is the easiest to work with, that she is compliant (not sure that is a good thing either LOL)  We are grateful we were allowed to be her family.


MysticBlueRose said...

I am so happy to know you, Amanda. You have made amazing progress since coming to your forever family. Keep on growing strong and sure!!!

Debra Masters

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Happy Adoption Day Anniversary Amanda!

I thank God for allowing your mommy and daddy to bring you home. You have been a big blessing to their family.

I have watched you grow from afar always wishing I lived closer to give you big hugs.

You are slowly and surely becoming a more and more beautiful little lady. My wish for you this year is to continue to grow, learn and love life.

Aunty Dawn

carol said...

What a great 2 yrs it has been. Cant wait to see what the next 2 yrs have in store for Sweet Amanda.
The pictures are so telling cant say which one i like best between the dog water and falling asleep on her dog toy.
Thanks for the update.

Unknown said...

A bit late, but congrats from Estonia! You have a lovely blog and even more lovely family - it has been a pleasure to read. Wishing all of the best!

Alice said...

Amanda looks wonderful! She sure has grown and learned so much in your family.

TUC said...

That pic of her crashed on the dog is adorable.

Thanks for stopping by DSNM. I was an "AMA" mom too, and I made them erase that off everything that had to do with my daughter's birth and diagnosis, lol.

You sure are busy... I might need to take some lessons from you soon :-)

Unknown said...

I've enjoyed reading parts of your blog. I am of Estonian descent (dad and grandmother escaped during WWII; grandfather shot by Russian soldiers) and have been thinking a lot about adopting from Estonia.

Amanda is beautiful and I love all the pictures you've included in your blog. I remember seeing her on an Estonian adoption site. It's wonderful to see that she now has a forever family. She is a very blessed little girl.

God bless you!

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