Home a Month Now

Sorry for the delay.  I now have a baby who wants to crawl all over the place and get into everything.  It’s hard to get time to be on the computer.  But I know you are dying to see more of our Micah “Hui Hui’s” cute little face.

When I picked the kids of from Chinese class today their teacher noted that Micah’s face is much more round than when she saw him 2 weeks ago.  Yay!  I’m noticing the difference too.  He’s even getting a belly (but I wonder if that’s just because he’s constipated – poor little guy).

See my cheeks?!

See my cheeks?!

Micah finally sounded clear of his congestion by the middle of last week, but on Saturday he started sounding bad again.  It sounds like a wheeze, but it comes more from his throat than from his lungs.  I know some cleft kiddos just always sound congested, and maybe this is our son’s norm.  In the 1.5 months we’ve had him, he’s pretty much always been congested.

Micah seems to be signing “more” sometimes.  He is responding a bit better to us saying No, and he continues to smile whenever he makes eye contact.  He’s had a much better week of sleeping (yay!).  The last four nights he’s slept through the night without needing a bottle, and he’s napping more consistently.  There was one day this week where he even napped for 2 hours in the morning, and still took an afternoon nap.  You would expect this for a 14 month old, but I’m not sure that Micah is convinced yet that he needs two naps.  He had a good nap this morning and I was even able to place him in the pack-n-play awake.  Keith is attempting to get him down for a shorter afternoon nap now.

Micah is now sleeping full time in the pack-n-play.  We haven’t had to bring him into bed with us.  He’s sleeping from about 8-8, and when he wakes up he barely makes a peep.  He’s at the foot of our bed, so I scoop him up and he crawl around on us while he wakes for us to wake up.  But, he stays pretty quiet in the morning and doesn’t demand much.  The only times he’s particularly loud is during meals (he moans loudly), or during diaper changes and in the car seat (no happy!!).

I had my first solo parenting experience of three children last weekend when Keith went out of town for a coffee competition.  I am so thankful for my helpful big two kiddos.  We survived and Keith’s coffee made it into the top 8.  It got really good reviews and is hopefully good for the business.

We still haven’t received Micah’s Certificate of US Citizenship – which means he still can’t be on our insurance, which means we continue to hold off on important blood tests.  We’re getting so much healthy foods and vitamins into him we’ll never know if he was anemic or other things.

I started running with two friends 2 times a week.  They’ve pushed me and we’re running more than 3 miles.  While we have our gym account on hold, it’s been a blessing, although it is hard to get up early in the mornings to run with them.

We are getting more concerned about Micah’s hearing.  We wonder if his moaning during meals is a sign of hearing issues, and of course his lack of any kind of babble is also concerning.  He also tugs on his ears often, but there wasn’t a sign of infection last time we went in and he doesn’t cry in pain. We are hoping we can get his ear tubes in sooner than later to benefit his speech development, but it will be done at the same time as his lip repair, and it’ll make me sad to see his cute big cleft smile go away.  He might be on track for surgery in early December.

We found out last week that Li Li’s doctor would like to do her bone graft surgery in January.  I was hoping we could hold off longer as it’s a big painful surgery, with a long recovery.  Of course now it’s going to his right at the start of her gymnastics competition season.  She needs to have two teeth extracted first and then wait 6-8 weeks until surgery.  She’s old enough to be afraid, and slowing down our spunky girl is going to be hard on her too.

Watching my big brother play soccer.

Watching our big brother play soccer.

Grammi snuck in a quick snuggle, although we still try not to let others hold him, it's probably about time to let the grandparents in a bit more.

Grammi snuck in a quick snuggle, although we still try not to let others hold him, it’s probably about time to let the grandparents in a bit more.

Micah's best buddy's birthday party - these were our travel mates in China and the boys are from the same orphanage.

Micah’s best buddy’s birthday party – these were our travel mates in China and the boys are from the same orphanage.

This was a week ago - my belly is bigger now!

This was a week ago – my belly is bigger now!

I keep making my way into the car bin.

I keep making my way into the car bin.

First pumpkin patch was a rainy visit.

First pumpkin patch was a rainy visit.

Mama wanted better photos but this was it.

Mama wanted better photos but this was it.

Halloween and pumpkin carving is tomorrow – more photos to come, I promise.

About kelly_e

We live in WA state and have been traveling the road of adoption since 2/07. We have a biological son who is a joy and look forward to bringing home his sister soon.
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