Well... actually he's been home almost 10 months since I'm once again behind on blogging but, hey, we'll pretend okay?
Our little man is doing SOOOOO well! He fits into our family beautiful and we all love him to bits.
Attachment/bonding on his part is going well, but as is common with toddler adoption there is still work to do. He prefers mom and dad to others, but still self-comforts more then we'd like to see. Now that we've had to start saying "no" and correcting him on behaviors, we're seeing the toddler tantrums, but they seem to be of the typical toddler variety and don't last long.
Personality wise he continues to be a happy little man except when he hears "no". :) He also has times of frustration related to not being able to tell us what he wants. I'm sure those will lessen as his language expands. Mostly he think of himself as a big boy! :)
Developmentally... well, he is a very, very different little boy then the one placed in my arms 10 months ago. He walks... no, RUNS all over.
He jumps and climbs. Really the only gross motor skill he has not
mastered for his age is walking down stairs. Yes, you can tell that he's
not been doing those things the length of time that a 2.5 yr old should
have been but he has come SOOO far!
He is into. every. thing!
It is a common sight to see him walking through the house carrying the step stool from the bathroom so he can reach something or other. Like the light switch. Like the silverware drawer! Like the TV!! Like the stove top!!! Like the deadbolt on the outside door!!!! I have to keep all of my eyes on this one all of the time!!
He's a smart little cookie too! If the step stool is unavailable, he thinks up other ways to do what he wants. Case in point.
Fine motor wise, this boy continues to blow us away! So far we have found nothing that he can not do! He eats with a spoon and fork. He can drink from an open cup. He can draw in a circle or scribble a line. He can open doors. He can peel stickers off a sheet. He can climb into and buckle his booster seat. He can use a mouse on the desk top computer including click and dragging... OH, yes, he can!! Gadget Boy lives up to his name!!
There is one area where he is still playing catch up. Language. Right
now he is getting speech therapy 2 times a week. And we are seeing stead
improvement. He is doing a lot of talking where it is obvious that he
is saying something or thinks he is. We catch what sounds like a phrase
here or there and have moments were we say "did he just say ___?" But
most of those things are not really consistent or understandable and
many of his words are only understandable to us. However he is
spontaneously using between 30-50 words that we understand and repeating
after us many more. For example, he says "bye, night night, sissy,
Snoopy, cow, kitty, chicken, cheese, pizza, cookie, egg, hat, airplane, eye, book, puzzle, cracker, shoe, diaper, poo-poo, bottle, bubble, one, two, three, move, moon, hot, and help". He can point to and/or name around 6 body parts. He can identify many animals and say their sounds. He is starting to learn his colors and count. He continues to love songs and can sing quite a few.
As far as his hands go, at this point we are continuing with bracing his left hand at night to stretch it and maintain his mobility with it. His doctors are not recommending surgery for the left hand beyond removal of the vestigial thumb from the index finger. His is making his own "thumb" out of the index finger as he stretches the space between the fingers with use. We have also agreed to hold off on the pollicization surgery to create a thumb on the right hand as there is no functional benefit at this time. We may eventually do that surgery... or maybe not.