Thursday, February 4, 2016

1 month already!!

1 month ago today we got to meet Myla for the first time! It's crazy how fast time goes! At times it feels like she's always been with us, just one of the gang, while other times it feels like we just got home from the long plane ride.

She is doing fantastic! We are blown away with how well she has transitioned. She loves the kids and our dog Leyny.  She likes to do whatever the kids are doing. I was a little worried with how the food transition would go. In China she wasn't exposed to lots of different foods so I didn't know how she would do. When we were in China she seemed very nervous about some foods. She wouldn't even eat a french fry or try a chicken quesadilla. But once we got home, she blew that out of the water! She will eat anything and everything:) I haven't found a food yet that she doesn't like. The kids love sitting by her at the table. We have to rotate who sits by her at each meal because they all want to sit by her!! I also haven't had to cook much yet. We have such generous friends who have brought us meals to help us in this transition! We are so grateful for you and thank you for the delicious meals!!

As far as sleep, only the first week was a bit of a wreck, but that's very understandable because she was jetlagged and we were too! The first night she was awake from 1-4am, but after that it got a little better each night. I would say after the first week, she was back to sleeping through the night and on a good nap schedule. She was sleeping in a crib in China, but here she's sleeping in a big bed with rails on the side. She is also sharing a room with Leah so I think that has helped her transition as well. She would cry for a few minutes at the beginning, but now she will hop in bed, say "good night, I love you" and go to sleep. She did just recently discover that she can crawl out of her bed, so we've been working on staying in your bed:)

Her English is improving everyday. She didn't speak much English when we got her, but she understood us. Her foster mom in China was from Holland. She spoke fluent English and lots of Mandarin so I think that has helped us a lot of making that transition. There is still a big language barrier, but it's getting there. She is a parrot and will repeat anything you ask her to, but she may not understand quite what she's saying. She sometimes calls Aaron "mommy" and Owen "Leah". Riley Children's Hospital in Indy has an international adoption clinic so we took her to see a few doctors there. The doctor said "It's so nice to meet you Myla". So I told Myla, "tell Dr. Hamby, it's nice to meet you." Usually she will say the end of what you want her to, but she shocked the doctor when she replied, " It's nice to meet you!" The doctor couldn't believe that she would respond that way after only being home for a week. She had to get several vials of blood drawn and she was just a pro! She sat on Aaron's lap and didn't even flinch when they poked her. I on the other hand was sitting on the floor, not looking, trying not to pass out!!! She really shows me up!! We also took her to meet our family doctor who is Chinese. She was so excited to meet Myla! She couldn't wait to talk to her in Chinese! When she started to talk to her in Mandarin, Myla never really responded back to her. She would just smile and giggle. So far all check ups have gone really well and she looks great! We have a few more appointments in a few weeks, but she is super happy and healthy!

She is not shy! She loves people and  is very easy going. She makes friends wherever she goes. The doctors just think she's a genius and so adorable. We took her to church for the first time two weeks ago and she was just adored! Of course it felt like we were celebrities! Everyone was so excited to meet her and hear how things were going. She was a little shy at first because of all the people but you could tell she loved all the attention! And it didn't take her more than 3 seconds to make new friends.  I feel a little bad for whoever sits by us and wants to pay attention in church. She's too cute and makes it easy to get distracted:) We also have several friends at church who have adopted from China so it's been fun to see how she interacts with them. Again, if they speak in Mandarin to her, she just smiles and giggles, but I think she is excited to hear her native language and know that there's someone who can communicate to her.

So far so good! God continues to bless us with a smooth transition and we couldn't be more excited to see what happens in these next few months as she continues to adjust. The Chinese New Year is this Sunday and then we get to start planning her 3rd birthday which is right before Easter!!:) Thanks you for all of your love, prayers, and gifts!! We are so blessed and are so thankful for each of you!!

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