One month as a forever family!
I can’t believe we have been a family of three for an entire month. It is just crazy to think about. Tonight when I saw that this little tooth had finally broken through the gums I started crying…like boo-hoo crying. You see when we got her she was not teething at all. She had eight teeth already but non in the process of coming in. So after two weeks home three little teeth started coming in…and I witnessed it! I witnessed the entire process of these three little devils. They caused SO much pain to my sweet little girl but it was a miracle to see it all happen. It really was! It is the little things that I am so grateful for. I feel so blessed to have her here home in my arms and honored to see all of these little steps of her growing up.
Well we have done more over the past month other than sitting around and watching her teeth come in!
We have seen our shy, timid, sweet little girl blossom into well…a loud, daring, fun little wild woman! It has been so cool to see her personality come out. She is truly the funniest person I have ever met. We love just sitting there watching her. She makes life so happy! Oh to live and think like a child!
So she learned to climb the stairs…FAST! So against all my best efforts on keeping our house from not looking like one big baby playroom we had to install a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs. We tried putting her wagon there blocking it and first…she learned how to push it…second she learned to crawl under it…third she learned to crawl over it. Now thanks to her just as mischievous cousin Mae she is attempting to master the baby gate too. I know one of these days she will figure it out. Lesson learned…Mae and Zoey can’t be left alone in a room together or it equals double trouble! But all kidding aside…she LOVES her cousins. I mean LOVES, LOVES, LOVES them! She has had the best time getting to know and play with them over the past month too. It has been super sweet watching how much they love her too!
Girl also loves to dance. She loves any and all music and could dance all night. Her favorite tv shows are The Wonder Pets and The Backyardigans because of the music. It is too cute sitting there watching her watch tv. She gets up on her knees and flaps her little hand like a bird, then she gets her little booty going too bouncing up and down to the music the entire time laughing!
What has been the best is this past month we have witnessed us falling in love with her and her falling in love with us. That has been the most beautiful and sweet thing so far. She wants US…she need OUR comfort when she gets hurt…she LOVES us and that is so sweet. I am no longer thinking “How would her foster mom handle this situation?” but now thinking “What should I as her MOM do?”! We have fallen into this routine and our roles as a family and all three of us don’t know what life would be like without each other. Our Zoey is one brave and resilient little girl! She has surprised us all at how fast she has adjusted. We are both so very, very proud of her and the girl we are seeing her become. It has been beautiful to watch! We prayed during the entire process and still pray every night for God to heal her heart. We know we can parent her to the best of our ability but the only one that can make her heart feel whole and fill that abandoned void is Him. We know without a doubt that we have witnessed a miracle with these prayers. We have seen her dramatically do a 180 emotionally over the past month and for that we are very grateful!
So what has this mommy learned over the past month? Sleep is precious! Notice the lack of blog posts…every night I plan on sitting down and typing up my feelings but then I think about the bed and it is much, much, more inviting! Yes Zoey is a great sleeper but we are all cosleeping together still so long gone are the days of the deep night sleep!
I have also learned about this crazy, crazy love you can have for a child. It is wild! I loved her before we brought her home but I am SO IN LOVE with her now. We are too peas in a pod me and my little girl. It is so funny what all we have in common and how much we are alike.
We both feel so blessed to have her as our daughter and can’t believe how fast this month has flown by…Oh that is another we have learned too! Life with kids goes crazy fast and doesn’t slow down. Just last night Eric was saying “I want to freeze time. I don’t want her to grow up!” And I agree three teeth this month her mouth will probably be full of teeth and she will be going to school before we can blink!
So here is our weekly review video! Enjoy…