Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some Days are Better than Others...

**Edited** Rejoicing that Adia's adoption was finalized last week. So thankful to close that chapter of the adoption process...God is good and faithful!

That sums up how life has been the last several months. It is hard to believe Adia has been home over 5 months now. The first 2 months home seemed so easy compared to the months following...WOWZERS! In the back of my mind I knew it was to good to be true but was still hopeful that we wouldn't have those more serious struggles. But..the honeymoom is over and life has become quite difficult. I am not talking about attachment and bonding, I believe those things have gone really well. It's the reality that we brought home an almost 3 year old that is a super strong willed toddler, figuring out her new life and also being diagnosed with significant hearing loss. Yep, you read it right our sweet girl hears only about 20-30% of what is being said. This explains so much and I am sad that we knew nothing about it. I am hopeful that her shrieking fits will come to a hault once she can hear what a God awful sound she is making. Haha, I can dream right? :) We have had to make several trips to our local childrens hospital for the developmental testing, Hearing procedures etc... Adia seems to be doing pretty well considering she can hardly hear. Most of her results showed her at the age of a 2-2.5 year old and fine motor skills at 3 yrs. old. We were very pleased with the results and know everything will improve very quickly once we get hearing aids. Our insurance does not cover hearing aids(another huge stress)and they cost thousands of dollars. We are very THANKFUL to have Adia in early intervention for speech and physical therapy. This program has hooked us up with temporary hearing aids in January that we can use for 6-months until we can buy our own. Our audiologist gave us a great way to explain her hearing loss. She said its like reading the news paper with only vowels for words...everything else is all jumbled. :( It just breaks my heart but I am sooooo excited to see the difference in our lives after she hears at 80%. Her language is not horrible, so I can't imagine how it will take off in the next couple of months.

Other than our stressful visits to the doctor and getting Adia the services she needs, volunteering at the older kids school and being a taxi cab life has been good. We are definately having more better days than not right now and it makes my heart happy. We have also had two great weeks at church, the weeks before that not so great. Adia is just a doll and has a smile that melts everyone's heart. It's hard for people to believe she can be such a challenge when she is a charmer to EVERYONE else she meets. We are blessed to have her as a daughter and I wouldn't want anything different.

We've had our adoption video done for several weeks and I haven't had time to figure out how to post it. I love it!!! We watch it all the time and still cry everytime. Hopefully soon I can share it with you. I am still reading everyones blog and following on FB but responding is a challenge. Please know that I do pray for all of our journeys and am thankful for the friendships made. Hopefully someday I will be able to blog more frequently. For now, some days are better than others and I am just doing what I can.

Here are a few picks from the last several months. Happy Holidays to everyone!
Family pyramids after our Thanksgiving times!

Halloween 2009= skeleton, leapord and a goth girl.

Adia turns "3" with all her cousins


Kristi W. said...

I'm so glad you updated us. I've been wondering about what was going on with Adia after seeing a few things on FB. I'm glad you are able to get the hearing aids and are already hooked up with early intervention. Sounds like you are both rock star parents to have everything in place so quickly. Your family is beautiful!!! I can't wait to see your video when you figure out how to post it. I found it easier to post it to google (or youtube) and then just link it from my blog.

:)Kristi W.

Peter and Nancy said...

Thanks for posting -- what an adventure life is with children in it. You are doing an amazing job of adjusting to the new discoveries and loving Adia through so many changes and doctor visits. She is clearly so well-loved and doing so well even with the hearing loss . . . it will be a revelation to see the changes that happen with hearing aids. We are cheering you on, and will pray for you.

Nancy (Aaron, Nathan, and Anya Rashi's mama, and waiting for another daughter from India)

Julie & Patrick said...

Loving the new blog opening photo of the kids. It is great!

We worry about so many things in that long wait. You and I chatted about that - the things we see in photos etc. Who would have thought it was hearing loss. The good news is that you have discovered this early and seem to be on top of everything in terms of getting her the help needed to continue to excel in her new life in our family. She seems to be such a bright girl, it will be interesting to her how she develops once she is able to hear!

Hoping and praying for all good things in the new year for you and your family.


kelsey Bryanne said...

I love seeing pictures of the cousins! So fun!!!