I'm so sorry I haven't been blogging. We have actually had a fairly easy transition so far, it's just busy having 7 kids! (WOW, I have seven kids!) The boys are in bed supposed to be napping, and the girls are out on a date with daddy.
Anyway, Vanya is doing amazingly well. He stopped drinking when we got home, but he started up again a couple days ago, so that was a relief. He had his first checkup yesterday. He is doing great, is 22 lbs and 33 inches. He's a BIG guy! Now the testing begins; bloodwork, stool tests, etc. Plus, his specialist appointments; cardiology, orthopedics, and anything the bloodwork results might add.
We have the intake appointment for Early Intervention set up for this coming Wednesday, and I can't wait to get this sweetie the therapies he needs! I'm hoping for feeding/speech therapy and physical therapy for sure.
Little guy has orphanage trained hands during mealtimes and we are hoping to break free of those chains soon.
Yesterday, he surprised us by grabbing a fry and eating it himself! He ate two whole fries without any problems. Nutritious? Nope. Do I care? Not one bit! He fed himself!!! Amazing the progress that can be made just by having a family.
He is crawling like a champ and trying to pull himself up on furniture, but he's in that soon-to-be-a-toddler phase where he is bonking himself on things like crazy, so his sweet little forehead is almost always bruised.
Maks had a hard time when we first got home. It's hard that I was away for so long, so he was acting out from that, and then add on a new kiddo, phew. He was not happy. He's doing much better now, but I've started limiting TV time, so he's mad at me again. He's doing great with Vanya, though. Maks starts Kindy on August 10th!
Sam and Vanya are totally bonding and it's soooo cute to see. Sam is 5 months older, and went through a little jealousy at first, but now he kisses and hugs him all the time, they baby babble and touch each other's faces, and it's so sweet to see. I think they will be best friends forever. :)
Charlotte is a smothering big sister. Which, we knew from having Samuel and adopting Maks, but it really is tiring. She's so very sweet and loves her brothers so much, but she gets a little carried away sometimes. She keeps saying things like, "I can't believe God made Vanya so cute! He is just so cute, I can't stand it!!! Mommy, isn't Vanka cute?!?!!" And when we're out of the house it's, "Momma, I miss Vanka Vanka! Let's go home." *swoon* It's precious.
The three big girls love him, and get lots of snuggle time in all day. It's nice that this was all done while on summer vacation so we all could bond with him and as a family. I need more pics of the big kids, apparently! I can't find any! :)
Hoping to have airport pics from our photographer soon. I'll post them as soon as I can!