Here’s a little update on how Li Li is doing.
On Friday we had a pediatrician visit and learned that she has gained 4 lbs in the 3 months we’ve had her. She hasn’t grown much, so it’s all going toward chub. You can see it even in her face. I assume she is going to start growing in height a little soon, but we’ll see. She is talking a lot and can count to 3 in English. I stopped recording every new word when we got to 60 words. She’s probably nearing 100 English words now.
She’s still throwing tantrums, but unlike many others, they are generally short. She kicks and flaps her hands in anger – often hitting herself (for attention maybe?), and then calms within a couple minutes. She will cry and say “Nooooooo!” or “Meeeeee!” During a tantrum she’ll run for whichever parent is the “nice” parent in the situation, but otherwise she generally wants Keith if he’s home. There were a few days last week where I felt like she was really going backward in our bonding, but this week is going better.
We had a couple good weeks of sleep where she would sleep in as late as Koen (close to 9), but the last several days she’s been waking before 8, much to our disappointment. She’s also had several nights recently where she wakes around midnight or 1 AM and then is wide awake for an hour or more. Those are rough nights because we can’t leave the room or she’ll cry and wake Koen.
We’ve had constipation issues in the last month. She’ll cry and push and cry on the potty for a good 20 minutes before a hard little terd comes out and by then she is so scared and worked up. We’ve cut back on her cheese intake and added fiber powder to her milk and she’s done better in the last week. She is probably ready to get out of the diapers, but we’re not ready to work on it yet.
We received good news last week when we learned that the Seattle Children’s Hospital will cover all medical costs that our insurance doesn’t. We were waiting to hear from them because we need to visit their dentist, but were afraid to because they are out of network. We’re so thankful the Lord is providing. We also battled some costs from Li Li’s first blood tests after returning home, but learned that somehow she’d hadn’t been added to our account yet. Thankfully, those bills went from over $500 to less than $100! What a relief!