So, where are we at? Or, more importantly, where is Nora at? Nora is 20 months old now and has been with us five months (how can that be?). Developmentally, we are seeing a ton of growth in just common everyday things (she is a busy toddler – she has picked up quite quickly on the “explore” every cupboard / drawer and empty them – what a fun game ... for her!). Nora is a fantastic eater! If I had to guess I would say that she has probably just surpassed the 20 pound mark (to be confirmed in April at a visit to the doctor).
Speech continues to be an area we are focusing on ~ at this point, Nora can audibly say “hi”, and she sometimes (if she feels like cooperating) will try to repeat sounds. Despite these delays, she has no issues communicating as it is typically pretty clear to understand what she wants and needs. We are doing some simple sign language with her as well (and a speech therapist comes to our house once every two weeks).
Our biggest challenge continues to be sleep … which does not have one single thing to do with her “minor correctable special need”! Nora was having some tummy issues which we seem to have resolved which has improved sleep (we are in a much better place than we were months ago). Now, it seems the sleep struggle has been related to pure adoption issues. Some would advise that we should start sleep training her, but parenting her is so different than parenting the other kiddos. Adoption is a complex and amazing thing.