Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Palate check up
Yesterday Maimie went to visit Dr. Hansen. We had noticed some food still coming out of her nose every once in a while, but thought maybe it had travelled up the back of her throat. As it turns out, there is actually a hole in the tissue between the hard and soft palate areas. According to the doctor, it is not in an area that normally you would expect to have any trouble. We will just continue to be careful with what she puts in her mouth and have her rechecked in 2 weeks. The doctor hopes it will heal some more, but did mention the possibility of repairing the opening in 6 months.
Meanwhile, Maimie has picked up more signs, but has stopped vocalizing as much as she did previously. Her signs include milk, eat, more, all done, please, and Daddy. She shakes her head yes and no, and grabs her nose while wrinkling up her face if she has a dirty diaper. Her walking has become more steady and faster, but she still falls occasionally. She shows her temper by yelling at whoever displeases her at the moment. Sometimes when she is irritated with me she will look at me and yank the bow out of her hair and throw it down. We have 3 remote controls for our tv and equipment. However, we have to get up and manually change channels since Maimie has fiddled with them and we can't get them to work any more.
Her sleep cycle has been difficult lately. She went for 3 nights sleeping in her crib all night. Then she refused to be set down even after she is dead asleep day or night. Since her older sister and brothers have to get up for school and are in earshot, she ends up in our bed awhile. I wait until she falls asleep before transferring her back to the crib, but sometimes that doesn't work.
Bath time is usually a lot of fun for Maimie, but since her surgery it hasn't been fun for her or for her dad. She screams and carries on for ridiculous amounts of time. I have to quickly shower in the other bathroom while she is being bathed, because I don't get a break from her from that point on in the evening.
I wish I had read more on the adoption transition time before living it. I was naive to think that because I had parented 3 other children that things would be similar with an adopted child. Eventually we will move past this transitional phase and things will be more like the normal parenting we are used to handling. But in some ways we do have to treat her differently now. There are issues that have to be taken into account and allowances to be made. Unfortunately I think we have made some mistakes, but in general Maimie seems happy most of the time. I hope that counts a little for something.