Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Last Week of July with Emma & Sophie!

I hope that you enjoy the VERY random snapshots of Emma and Sophie taken this week. :) I am very lucky to be able to spend each day with them as each day contains a small just need to know where to look.

We are completing Sophie's 6 month home study update for China this Sunday. Of course we will not be celebrating our 6 month anniversary with her until September 9th, but we need to have the information submitted to China BEFORE then. It quite honestly feels like Sophia Grace has been with us for much longer than that...then again I saw her picture for the first time on November 8, 2007. So, that explains why-I think?! :) Sophie is doing VERY well. She has gained 4 pounds since coming home...that is a pound a month as my Mom put it. :) She is still very much a baby. Yet at the same time incredibly smart!! She is learning English at an impressively fast rate. She adores and idolizes Emma & could not be any more loving to Greg and I! She babbles NON STOP and makes me smile every day. Sophie had blood work for the second time just this month to monitor her Hepatitis B status. We were thrilled to learn that her levels are stable and her next appointment with the lab will not be until January 2010! :)

Emma has matured A LOT over the past 6 months. Her determination is incredible. We are so very, very proud of her. She has also regressed at the same time. Does that make sense? If not, don't worry. It is hard for US to understand sometimes too. We have yet to learn what it takes for Emma to simply function every day. I think that it takes A LOT though. It appears to be an immense effort for Emma to cope with simple every day things. And, she DOES try. We had to leave the grocery store today with a partially full cart. It was just too much for her...and for me. (I assume Sophie as well). It has just been one of THOSE weeks.

We have an appointment next week with a colleague of our Neuro-Psychologist. We want her to test Emma for whatever she CAN test her for. Greg and I need answers for Emma. It is our privilege and duty as parents to advocate for her. Likely the upcoming tests will be developmentally and neurologically based. I will update this area when we learn more.

My daughters are beautiful. I can say that because this is my blog. Enjoy the pictures.


Beth said...

You are right, your daughters ARE beautiful. And you SHOULD say that. :) Glad to hear Sophie's doing so well, as well as Emma. They are both amazing little girls.

The Shifflett Family said...

Beth beat me to but I am going to say it again! Your daughters are beautiful! It is amazing how it seems like we wait forever for our children and once they have been home with us for a few months, it seems like they have always been with them. The pictures were great! We are also preparing for the 6 month post placement visit and our home study agency has already contacted us. God bless. Doris

ourchinagirls said...

Beautiful, cute, smart, sassy....I think the list could go on and on! And we, the ever vigilant parents are amazed, overjoyed, and totally blessed!! We wouldn't want it any other way! We still need to get together!!


Aunt Marilyn said...

Love the rollers!

We remember our summer day with you all. It was so much fun to see how much Emma has grown up and to meet Sophie!

mom2eliza said...

What a great post; update on both of your girls! You put it very well when saying that it takes a lot for Emma to cope with every day's that complicated and that simple. I know the feeling, to some point. I appreciate too that you guys want answers. I want answers for Eliza too and while a diagnosis gives an answer, it's only a part of the answer. My heart and prayers are with you my friend! I love the pictures...from the zoo too...I knew it was the zoo because I remembered the bridge and I remembered the saddle all the girls sat in. And what's up w/ those curlers in their hair? Great, funny photos! MU and LU all.

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