It’s been awhile since I posted an update on our sweet little girl. Since I’m wrapping up our next adoption report, I wanted to share some cool new milestones with you.
First of all, she grew two inches since her last wellness check up at the end of May…that’s 2 inches in 7 weeks! She went from not being on the CDC growth charts at all to skyrocketing into the 25th percentile. We’re so thankful and grateful that she’s thriving!
In fact, she’s finally walking! Not just a couple of steps here and there, but 10 – 20 steps in succession across the room. Another answered prayer. We’re still helping her rehab her weaker leg, but it’s making a huge difference.
This little one looks up to her big brother and wants to do everything he does–from silly faces and sounds to playing with cars and dinosaurs.
She loves to feed herself. In fact, she gets hopping mad if we don’t let her do it herself.
She speaks several phrases in both English and Mandarin, and her vocabulary is increasing every day. When I or Calvin speak a word or phrase, she imitates us precisely. I don’t mean she just mimics the word, she speaks it in exactly the same tone and pitch–spot on. We were listening to a vocal rendition of the national anthem over Memorial Day, and Autumn started singing along (on key). I kid you NOT!
Since she’s been walking more, and gaining confidence and curiosity, she’s also been getting into everything she can get her hands on and into. Everything.
Since partitioning a baby gate is about as popular with her as a pack ‘n play (as in, full up tantrum) we don’t use those things.
Our loving son enjoys playing with her, and of course, there are times when they both push each others’ buttons. Totally normal siblings. There is so much joy in our home.
Calvin continues to pray for Autumn’s health in very specific ways…her increased ability to walk, run, jump, climb trees. And he’s already praying that we can adopt a little brother. I think if it was up to him, we’d have a very large family.
Over the Independence Day weekend, we visited our friends near Baltimore, the Hodges family. We met David & Charity in China–they adopted their youngest son Everett who appears in several photos in Autumn’s orphanage baby book.
We enjoyed viewing fireworks at Fort Meade, and exploring at Port Discovery museum as well as hanging out in their super cool (and kid-friendly) family room.
What a pleasant and restful trip–all of our children got along so well. We enjoyed conversations about homeschooling, fitness, parenting, and more. It was such a sweet joy to pray with Charity for our families. We hope it won’t be too long before we can host them in central Virginia!