Alright, already. :) Yes, we are still here. And yes, it is killing me that I have not been able to blog the past two weeks. There is so much to say, and so much to show. Adam’s laptop is now fixed, and he was finally able to load pictures to our server a couple of days ago. So totally annoying.
I think we have kicked the lice–dare I say it. There are no longer mounds of laundry. In fact, I think there is currently no dirty laundry, including bedding. Small Miracles. The girls are so great about letting me pick through their hair. According to them, every Saturday was lice day at the orphanage. Monica would comb through each nina’s hair. We think it was more of a maintenance program though. I spent three hours in Ezzy’s head two nights ago. And that was after a week of shampooing, baby oiling, and nit-picking. She had dead nits that had completing grown out with her hair. But now, her neck isn’t as dry and itchy. Her hair is healthy and shiny. And I only found 10 nits yesterday morning. Nicole’s head was completely nit-free.
The girls are still not allowed to sit on the couches (the floor is so much easier to vacuum.) And all four of the children have their own pillow and blanket down in the family room. They each have a spot on the floor, and they are completely awesome at keeping track of each other. None of them want to deal with lice anymore. The boys would much rather keep their heads shaved than deal with the disgusting little creatures.
I sacked up all of the play clothes, stuffed animals, and hair bands. The kids know why they are gone, and they have been great about the whole thing. We are giving it another week before we let them sit on the furniture. It’s probably overkill, but the laundry, vacuuming, and shampooing about killed me! :)
Enough about lice. Each child is adjusting nicely. Adam and I are also adjusting. In fact, this past week has been cake in terms of behavior. We have the usual kid issues around here like whining about who’s turn it is and pouting over being told “no.” But the marathon tantrum and testing has calmed to a minimum. Well, at least with three of the four.
Wompy is having an extremely hard time taming his belligerence. We know he is finding his place in the family, and getting used to parents who tell him what to do, and when to do it. He spent all day yesterday, and all day Sunday, in his room. Last night he said that he would rather be back at the orphanage. And yet, he inched closer and closer to daddy when he was allowed out of his room to watch his sibling play Mario Kart. He started stroking Adam’s arm and laid on him. This confirms to Adam and I that he is testing testing testing. He had 25 three and four year olds to play with at Michin, and only one adult to watch over him. He had free reign.
The problem is that he is sooooo good most of the time. He never does anything intentionally destructive. The marathon tantrums only come when one of us has told him not to do something, and he decides to test and defy us. Most of the time, he is so cute we can hardly stand it. Tia Jaime Lynne told him to try and do one cute thing a day…”Wompy, now I want you to try and be cute. I know it will be very hard for you, but just try. Try to do one cute thing each day.” And she asks him every time she sees him if he’s done his cute thing for the day. It’s really “cute!” And he always cleans his messes up and pitches in when asked.
We have some leads on a couple of Spanish speaking counselors. That is our first priority next week. Adam and I both feel that we are doing everything we possibly can, but the little one needs some extra help. And to Wompy’s credit, he is heads and tails above where he was when we picked him up. He listens to us 90% of the time. He has stopped constantly touching things he shouldn’t. He doesn’t talk like a baby anymore. And he tries really hard to act like a five year old. We are making tremendous strides with him, but we also recognize that we need some extra help.
We are off for a campout tonight. I have some interesting adoption/fertility things to share in the coming days. Plus, I have many many pictures and video to share. I promise it is coming. Please check back in a couple of days. I may just surprise you.
By the way…I am loving every minute of my time home with the kids.