Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Does he speak English?

I get asked that a lot. It cracks me up considering he's developmentally around that of an 18mo old. I don't know many 18mo olds that speak English. ;) He does say a lot of phrases as I mentioned in a previous blog post. He's also added a few new words this week 

"Go" when he wants the dogs to go away. 

He says "teeth" and does a brushing motion with his finger when I tell him it's time to brush his teeth. 

He's learning to say Puppy although it sounds more like Pupa. 

He says "rolllll tide". We're Bama fans, y'all! 

He's almost mastered Katie and Braden's names. 

If I say, Let's count - he takes his fingers and starts counting with me almost to ten. 

He loves YoGabaGaba and dances to the music. It's slightly annoying but we are learning about sharing and caring...

He really is doing a remarkable job at adjusting. I feel like I'm sitting on pins and needles waiting for it all to come crashing down and our honeymoon to end. He is sleeping well at night for the most part. He wakes usually once a night and after a few minutes of rocking, goes right back to sleep. Naps are pretty easy.. He wakes once or twice but usually sleeps about 3 hours every afternoon. I'm not kidding when I say I'm exhausted. I feel I've recovered from jet lag and that awful stomach virus that hit us the week after we got home. I don't know if the adrenaline that kept me afloat for 3 weeks has vanished and keeping up with a toddler has zapped my energy. I can barely keep my eyes open past 7pm. I'm thinking an afternoon cup of coffee might be in order to get over that hump. 

The kids went back to school this week and Scott returned to work so it's just me and Ryan all day. It's so quiet and he misses the kids and Papa. He greets them with big hugs and kisses when he sees them! It's so sweet. :) 

Here's our morning thus far - 


  1. He seems like such a go with the flow boy--amazing! I'm sure there will be moments that will hit him, but with his personality and you being prepared, it'll be okay to go through together. I'm sure the kids back to school is both easier and harder! You talking about that made me think that I need to make sure I have someone who can take the kids to school for the first couple days at least since mornings are always such a rush and I don't necessarily want that at the beginning--even if it is real life. :) what a nice thing that you had a few days home before that started! I don't want to have to wait until next summer to go pick up our little one, but maybe it'll be during Christmas break--or coming home right at spring break--but no later...knock on wood. ;)

  2. I try to shower before they leave so I have a few min to get myself ready before they all leave. It's working so far. But yes I am so thankful we had some down time together - even if it was during the holidays.

  3. Does he speak English yet?

    hehe…just teasing… people are so funny.

    your little boy is doing amazingly and in your family environment he is thriving! I'm zoo happy for you and for him.. and so happy that he is home xx

  4. I just came across your blog this evening and got so excited! My husband and I are in the midst of adopting a 4 year old little girl from Bangalore, India. We started the process over 2 1/2 years ago and received our referral in June 2013! We are praying that 2014 is the year that she will come home! I noticed that you referred to the language as Tamal! My husband and I do missions work in Vellore, India, which is also located in the Tamal district. Our little girl is also in a catholic orphanage. I love that you guys have had such a great transition!!!! Would love to visit with you more!

  5. How exciting! So glad to meet you! I had the hardest time finding people adopting from TN. Feel free to email me. :)