Today marks three months since we arrived home with Saidie. It's been quite an experience getting to know this little person. I think it's fair to say that some of our perceptions of Saidie 3 months ago have changed, and some are no longer true.
|First ice cream from Pinky's|
Hearing the translations this week from her Half the Sky Little Sisters school booklet, I think having a family has helped Saidie overcome some of her shyness and reticence to try new things. Having Maimie blaze the trail has been huge to her confidence in her own abilities. The same child who "didn't get it", cried, and required a teacher to physically move her hands or body to help her do any new task now jumps in with both feet after seeing Maimie do things. After we complete the transition time with her, I think that parenting Saidie will be one of my greatest pleasures.
Saidie has her challenges, as do all of my children. But I guess sometimes I wonder if the challenges all belong to my children, or if some of the ownership actually falls to me and my ability to deal with opposition. Perhaps God uses my children with their unique personalities and gifts to refine me...or, at least, God is trying to teach and refine me through my children.
|Making Easter decorations for the door|
It's really different becoming a mom of a 3+ year old, as opposed to a newborn or even a 15 month old (Maimie's age when we adopted her). In some ways it's been so difficult, and I feel so inept. But mostly I wouldn't change a thing about it. I'm finding that in many ways Saidie is like an infant and still needs so much nurturing and babying. And I don't mind a bit...after all she's the baby of our family, and I have lots of time to make up for.