Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Month Home

It's hard to believe that one month ago, we brought Gyunay home.  He and I have mostly stayed home this past month, letting him get used to home and family.  He's really doing better than we anticipated.
We are catching him up on his immunizations, and we are doing what we can to insure that his health is good.  We are also having him evaluated for speech and occupational therapy with the early intervention available here. 
At home, he is more and more comfortable.  He is expressing likes and dislikes, and he has temper fits like the toddler he is.  He also is starting to push boundaries more, which is expected, and he throws loud but brief fits when he doesn't get what he wants. We've had some hitting and biting incidents, but we have been quickly and carefully addressing those issues, so there have been less of them the last couple of days.  Most of the time, though, he is happy.  He calls Nathaniel "Dada" and me "Mama", and today for the first time, he said, "Hi, Elijah" when Elijah came upstairs after a long period of being in the basement.  He babbles a lot.  He does understand quite a bit of English, even though he doesn't really speak.
Bath and poopy diaper changes are still screaming issues, every time.  He is very afraid of new things, which can be anything from a new place (elevator, doctor's waiting room) to just being outside in a different part of the yard than he has been before.  He feels most comfortable in the sling in unusual places, though, and he does always want me around, so he is getting attached well.  He loves to follow his brothers and sister around.  He craves their attention.  He's also always happy to see Nathaniel come home from work, and he comes up to him for cuddling now.  He gives hi fives and waves bye bye.  He is very diligent in letting me know when the dog needs food or let inside or outside.  He has also stopped being rough with her and is very gentle in petting her.  Overall, he is really doing so well.

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