Being Sheep

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."John 10:14-15

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Attachment Progress

I am amazed at the progress with attachment N has made since we met him!

When we first met him he:

--had never had a bottle before
--didn't care who was holding him or playing with him
--wouldn't let go of a toy for anything!
--crawled everywhere
--refused to put anything in his own mouth; not fingers, not toys, not food
--hadn't yet had solid food
--screamed, cried, kicked and flailed his arms when we tried to put him to sleep
--woke up many, many times a night
--smacked himself on the head/face as a self-soothing technique


He quickly moved to:

--wanting bottles constantly, and cuddling close while taking them
--being very shy and unhappy when anyone other than Mom or Dad was holding him or talking to him
--dropping toys constantly in favor of grabbing something else!
--started taking steps
--started putting food in his mouth and chewing on toys
--started eating baby food, moved on to puffs
--falling asleep faster and easier
--sleeping for longer stretches at a time
--not hitting himself at all


Today he:

--wants bottles, but is only taking 3 or 4 a day
--willingly going to grandparents, giving others high fives, smiling at people, etc, but still very attached to his mom and dad
--climbs to get to whatever he wants ;)
--is running!
--is feeding himself table food and finding all sorts of things around the house to taste ;)
--is exclusively eating table food and drinking from a sippy cup (still also gets about 3 bottles a day)
--falls asleep in his own bed within a few minutes of being put down (usually)
--frequently sleeps through the night; sometimes waking up once or twice, but it's rare for it to be more than that
--still not hitting himself


He also:

--says "mama" and "dada"
--has names for his brothers
--signs the words for "eat", "drink", "all done", and "sleepy"
--says "I love you", though it comes out more, "ah va lou!"
--says "baba" for bottle
--waves bye-bye
--blows kisses
--tries to blow out the candles at the dinner table
--throws regular temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way
--climbs onto the furniture
--checks to see if you're watching before trying to touch something he knows is a "no-no"
--is starting to repeat words
--gives hugs and puts his face up to your lips to receive a kiss

What a wonderful blessing from God to be mommy to this beautiful little boy!! He has come so far in such a short time, and it's a joy to watch him grow.

~J

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