So, back to the point of this post...Friday marked Kylie's 3 month homecoming. Many adoptive families tell me that the 3 and 6 month marks are the biggest turning points in the adoption. As we neared the 3 month mark, I really started to wonder if that would hold true for us. Yes, we have definitely seen some progress in some areas, but it just didn't seem like Kylie was fully HAPPY.
The last 2 weeks have really been encouraging though. 2 Sundays ago, we attempted to leave Kylie in the nursery during worship care. Well...a few minutes in and they had to come get me. Last week was our church's VBS week and it was all hands on deck! Steve had already committed to volunteer and Jenna was already signed up. For volunteers with littles, there was childcare. Honestly, I wasn't sure how VBS was going to go with Steve dropping Kylie off. I emailed my social worker for direction and she told me not to give up on VBS quite yet. We went out and bought a new forward facing carrier so Steve could wear Kylie and still do his volunteer duties if needed. Our SW suggested we try and drop her off every day with instructions that if she went 15 minutes upset, to come get him.
I think Steve and I were both nervous wrecks on Monday...I waited at work for the text...and when it finally came, it was that she did GREAT! She didn't cry at drop off and they reported back she was playing and doing fine.
BIG. SIGH. OF. RELIEF.
Then Monday night, she was literally up almost all night long. And I figured it had everything to do with her feelings of abandonment etc. Because she wasn't just pat-you-back-to-sleep-for-30-seconds awake. She was HOLD-ME-I'M-AWAKE awake. ALL. NIGHT. LONG (off and on). I was up most of that night with her because Steve just wasn't in the frame of mind to be awake and had also had a long day (first day of VBS=CRAZY). We prepared ourselves for Tuesday VBS drop off not to be great. But Tuesday came and went...no problem. Part of the great thing about VBS was what we affectionately refer to as the Bye Bye Buggy. We used to have them at the main campus, but they are bulky and we have no room to store them here. But we got them for VBS. Here's photo my friend Elizabeth took...that's her baby girl, Wylie next to Kylie (yes, Wylie and Kylie right?! SO cute!)
|See Elizabeth hiding there to the left of the picture? That's so Wylie didn't see her and freak out. LOL!|
Saturday night, we spent some time playing with the Elizabeth's girls and we noticed that Kylie really enjoyed their little kitchen. Later when we got home, I checked out our town's online buy/sell/trade FB page and there I found this awesome Step2 kitchen...the girl wanted $35 for it and it had 3 bags of food and utensils/pots/pans with it. It had been posted back on June 11, so I was sure it was gone. Imagine my surprise when I got an immediate response that it was still available. I picked it up Sunday after church and it's been the best purchase yet!
|Both of the girls played with it AND it retails on Amazon for $149! SCORE!|
And just to leave you with a few fun pics from the weekend...it's been SO hot that we finally forced our outside hound, Fred, inside. He is a hound and hates being inside, but temps have been over 100 for a while now, so we put him in his crate for a while to cool off. After a while, we let him out to roam the house and within minute, this is what we found...
Also, I have attempted to put Kylie's hair up in ponytails/pigtails/etc. Steve snapped this shot and captioned it with a comment about having a bad hair day...I still think it's hilarious!
Happy Monday all!!! Stay cool!