Thursday, October 4, 2012

199 days

September 29, 2012 marked 6 months since Kemeri Abigail landed on American soil.  Since I was otherwise engaged that day, let's talk about today.  Today marks 199 days since Kemeri landed in my arms.

Oh, my goodness, how much this little one has been through.  I know it sounds cliche, but there are days I can't believe she's already been here this long, & other times that it seems she's been here forever.  She truly is one of the bravest people I know.  Just two months after having her world turned upside down, she went in for major surgery to detether her spinal cord & remove a fatty mass...Tough stuff.  We were there for a week.

That surgery seems to have made a world of difference in her walking.  She no longer trips every other step (& when I say trip, she was full out face-planting on many occasions).  We will be going soon for her follow-up MRI to see what it's looking like in there.  She has had many appointments, but she just keeps on smiling & is loved by her specialists.

Her fear of Ella is gone.  At any given moment you can find her with her arms wrapped around her neck or *ahem* sharing her dinner off of her fork.  Yep, they are tight.

She LOVES her siblings.  All of them.  But I love how she plays with her sisters & is game for trying new things, like helping make pizza.  Have I mentioned that she loves food?  I don't think I've found anything yet that she truly despises.  She definitely has favorites, but she's open to trying most things.

Just the other night, Kearsten & I decided to try some Thai peanut noodles from a local restaurant.  They were make your nose run spicey!  But guess who had three helpings without batting an eye?  This girl loves her some spicey food!!

I am thankful to be at this milestone.  As any adoptive parents know, it's not always easy.  It's a process of getting to know one another & earning her trust.  I can honestly say that in spite of everything (including potty training) in such a short time, her attachment seems to be coming right along with the whole family.  Her body is becoming healthy, her beautiful hair is growing, & her smile & giggle are contagious!  I can't wait to see what the next 199 days bring. :o)


Sandra Bishop said...

Hi Dardi! Congratulations on 199 wonderful days with your newest daughter. It is so much fun to watch the changes in our kids, isn't it? All the best ~ Sandy

Rebecca said...

Oh Dardi! Praise The Lord for milestones and victories! She's beautiful!!!

Sharon said...

Thanks for taking the time to share this, Dardi! Love seeing her growing-and so happy! Love you-

Sarah said...

She's so precious. Congratulations on 199 days together!!!

Mama D’s Dozen said...

So glad things are going well for you.

:) :) :)