But Ive been in denial that this was coming. I've read all about it and know it happens in every adoption.
Last week I could read the signs. Everyone back to school, Dad back to work means a quiet house. This is quite the opposite of a loud home filled with with lots of kids (ie orphanage). I'm not sure if that's throwing him off. He will pick up framed photos of Papa, sister and brother and call their names. One day last week he went to the window and yelled Papa Papaaaa! for about 5 minutes. So we face timed Papa and that seemed to help. He's also been testing the waters. Smiling and deliberately doing things he's been told not to like throwing the fork or sippy cup from the high chair. He's so cute that it's hard not to laugh at and I don't but it takes restraint. ;) Typical toddler behavior but I can't parent him like a typical toddler since he is still attaching to us and learning we are his family. I can't walk away when he's having a tantrum or wanting to be held because he may not develop the trust needed to fully attach and know I'm his Mama forever. It's a delicate balance and I'm still not sure I'm doing it all right but I pray I'm at least taking steps in the right direction.
Last week we saw a lot of this --
And we also saw a lot of this ---
First time at the park
Helping Papa/Daddy --
Playing with big brother -
This week has been better. So far not as much distress but he still wants to be within 3 feet of me at all times which is totally understandable. He wants me at all times and I'm cool with that. I'm his mom and that's what moms do :)
They love their babies.