Sunday, October 17, 2010
A M A Z I N G!!!!
Oh the much awaited update, right?
In a word, A M A Z I N G!!!!! Truly amazing!
I trusted God would work out all the details throughout and after Marni's adoption but never in a million years did I imagine He would "show up" so unbelievably much. It's not that I doubt Him or think He is not capable but rather just because things don't go perfectly, it doesn't mean God's not in it. I totally expected Him to be in it but I still figured it would take lots of "Michelle" work and prayer. However, it has not been so.
Marni has blossomed so much in the past week and a half alone, I am truly blown away. I figured 6 months down the road we could be where we are now. She is so loving, so fun and so smart. Nadia and Marni are so stinkin' cute together at home. They enjoy playing together and they encourage one another in their weaknesses.
Marni sees Nadia using the "big girl" potty and now will use it too (which she previously was not comfortable with and refused to do). Nadia sees how physically able Marni is and is working harder to do things that do not come easy to her. Yesterday Nadia pulled herself up to the bathroom counter from the floor, then bent down to move the step stool, then stepped up to the sink!!! That is HUGE and AMAZING progress! She is letting go of some of her fears and trying hard to do the things she sees her sister doing. Same with dressing and undressing....Nadia sees Marni do it and now has a greater desire to do it herself. Marni is learning to sit and color and even do wooden puzzles with Nadia. The girls hug and kiss, giggle, sit together and want to do and be the same.
I SO had hoped that someday the girls would be close and would encourage one another and help each other but did I think I would start seeing this after Marni was home just one week? HECK NO! But we are seeing it! Nadia was so discouraged and broken-hearted, so we prayed over it one night together....the next day EVERYTHING changed! It was AMAZING!
I see them becoming partners in crime too LOL Nothing major, more funny than anything but I will have to make sure they don't start to takeover LOL
When Marni was at the orphanage they had her on 3 doses/day of some herbal drops, 3 doses/day of an anti-psychotic medication and 2 doses/day of a tranquilizer. I am SO happy to report that she has been weaned off of ALL of it with the exception of the one dose of the tranquilizer to help her sleep peacefully through the night. She is a restless sleeper at night and her body probably has been come quite dependent on the the meds. She will see the pediatrician on Tuesday, and will hopefully be changed to a better med that she perhaps will eventually be weaned off of. AND it's important for me to share that there were NO advantages seen with her on the other meds. NONE! Her adjustment has been better than any other adoption. I think it's because she lives in the moment and isn't worried about all the details and what ifs! However, I was going to use her backpack as a diaper bag (the one we used in Ukraine) and she freaked out...she must have thought I was going to take her back. :( I put the backpack away and we have not had any problems since.
This child smiles, laughs and engages so much better off the meds and in our home. She loves her family and we ALL love her SO much. She is so stinkin' adorable.
God has "shown up" in so many ways but another is through the energy he has given me. She is a busy child (although at home she is not like she was in Ukraine...I think she is much more settled in and comfortable, no so overstimulated with the "new") and she is my 6th child in the house and of course with Nadia's needs, I need energy. I have struggled with energy for years but God has increasingly helped me in this area and I have not been having any issues with that. I am enjoying pretty much every moment I have with all the kids. The big kids are helpful but I definitely am not looking to place the load on them, I intend to be MOM. My heart is so full of JOY, I was born for this.
I hope to have time for more updates soon. I just know there will be so much more wonderful news of her progress and adjustment to report that it will be hard to keep up but I want to share.