I can't believe it has been a whole week since I last posted. As you can imagine, the girls keep me pretty busy during the weekdays and last weekend we had a birthday party on Saturday for our niece, and a baby shower on Sunday. The shower was actually for LilyKate and Eleanor, as we still had some family on Jonathan's side who wanted to give us one, and most had not met the girls yet. The girls did really well at both parties and seem to enjoy being out and socializing.
This week we have still been challenged by sleep, but I think that things are slowly getting better. I appreciate all the comments and suggestions and most of all, the encouragement. Knowing that many people go through the same thing is very reassuring. We have also received quite a bit of advice from other parents, and it is often that we should let the babies cry it out. In all the research and reading I have done, this is not what you should do with adopted children. These kids have been through so much and have been removed from everything they have ever known. Their sense of comfort and security have been badly shaken and the last thing we want to do is make then feel scared, alone, or that Mommy and Daddy are not there for them. We have only been their parents for 6 weeks - that is such a short amount of time - they are still learning to trust us. I am not criticizing any one's parenting style and I understand circumstances may dictate different methods, but being there when they cry, patting their backs, holding them if necessary, is what we feel comfortable with and will continue to do. Last night they slept through the entire night and this has happened a few times in the past two weeks, so that is definitely improvement.
We went to the Pediatrician yesterday and she was very pleased with them. They are exactly where they should be as far as height and weight (they weigh 21 lbs. and are almost 30 inches long). They had to have three shots, which they hated, but despite that, they were their usual sweet and happy selves as soon as we left the office. They are moving along great developmentally and are getting very close to crawling, They can push up on their hands and knees and rock back and forth, so it won't be long. They also scoot around on their bottoms and LK can turn in circles. They are starting to get into everything and like to be busy. They can clap their hands, wave bye-bye and babble constantly. They say Mama, Dada and Baba. They love Sesame Street and Teletubbies, and any time they hear music they start rocking and swaying (especially cute in the grocery store).
So, now for some pictures! It's getting harder and harder to catch them both looking at the camera and being still, but oh my goodness people, these babies are a joy to behold!
Happy LilyKate just woke up.
Oh, if only I looked as pretty as Eleanor first thing in the morning
She even looks cute with pajama pants on her head.
LilyKate loved when I did this to her. She kept on them on for several minutes.
Both the girls love when we put sunglasses on them and for some reason, tilt their heads back when we do it.
Eleanor was not in the mood to model her glasses and this is one of the only ones I got where she wasn't pulling them right back off.
Wait a second, let me see you in those...
I guess we do look pretty cool in these.
Here, try mine and I'll try yours.
Hand 'em over sister.
Wait, what just happened?
Ha, my plan worked. If one pair is cool two is even better.
This game bores me anyway, what's in this basket?
I walked in the room and the girls were just sitting like this playing.
We're adorable - we know it.
Our mommy can't stop taking pictures.