He is rather quick, but I like giving him free reign over the home right now, as all that activity helps him get stronger. We have had early intervention evaluate Andrew, and we have also had a private occupational therapist do an evaluation. There are just a few things they want to work on. One is his right sided strength. Andrew is really favors his left side, and we will work with him in strengthening his right side. We are still doing testing, and will find out more later. But the therapists are all encouraged that any issues should be resolved with some work. One thing that made me happy was during his early intervention assessment, he was 'age appropriate' for his social-emotional development, which is really huge considering he has only been home with us for under 4 months.
This past Veterans Day we had a play date with Niko, who was adopted from Russia just a few days before Andrew. As a matter of fact, we met Niko's parents John and Lea while out to eat in the Novy Arbat district of Moscow. Turns out that they live just a few minutes down the road from us in Charlotte. We had a great time during our play date. It was so nice talking to Lea and discussing all things adoption related. Adoption can be quite a bewildering but amazing experience, and it was nice to chat about our experiences. Here is a picture from our play date. Niko is on the far left, his sister Emma in the middle, and Andrew on the right.
This past weekend we went down to Rock Hill to visit with family. Of course a stop in Rock Hill means stopping at Lee's Chicken and PW's ice cream (we did both). We had a nice visit. Here is a picture of Andrew's cousin Claire giving Andrew his sippy cup.
My return to work is right around the corner. Much of this past month was spent looking at child care facilities and finding the right place for Andrew. I think we have found such a place just a mile from our home. We have been visiting Andrew's room this week, and plan to visit again next week. The two ladies that will be caring for Andrew seem super interested and caring, and I am hoping this will be a good transition. Andrew will actually be starting in the 6 to 12 month room. I think he would be a little stressed if he was in the 12-18 month old room, as he cannot walk yet and although he feeds himself some food, he really still needs to be fed by an adult. I was really pleased when we made the decision to put him in the 6-12 month room, because it put to rest my main concerns for him. So I will keep you posted on how the transition to work goes.
Other than that, we have just been hanging out at home, playing with anything that has wheels or anything that rolls. I promise I'll post more regularly. I will try to do once a week. Here are some final pictures!
Andrew trying to get at Vernon's hat:Andrew standing up during an event in our church fellowship hall: