We have had a very busy week and a half. It started this past weekend when we visited Asheville, NC. It was Andrew's first road trip and he did pretty well. Of course the crib provided in the hotel wasn't quite like the one at home, and Andrew wasn't quite as comfortable, but all in all it was a good trip. The highlight was visiting our wonderful friends at our adoption agency. We love our agency so much, and we had a delightful afternoon hanging out in the office, catching up, and letting Andrew play. We also went to a farm - Hickory Nut Gap Farm - and tried going through a corn maze (failing miserably and quitting), and playing with the pumpkins (much more fun). Andrew was a bit tired, and a bit unsure of his surroundings, but ultimately warmed up to the big orange gourds and had some fun. Then we went to an apple orchard - Sky Top Orchard - on a rather chilly Sunday. By this time, Andrew was maxed out on adventure. Instead of playing with the hay, he would go straight to the stroller (not ours, of course) to play with the wheels. He did enjoy playing with the leaves on the trees, and we got some more cute pumpkin pictures. But we didn't prolong the trip. Some things are more for the parents at this age - like Halloween.
We had a nice Halloween. Andrew was a frog and we went to one house - our neighbors Mark and Joanna who love Andrew. We got one Kit Kat bar and called it a night. Again, some things are more for the parents at this age.
Today we helped out at our local adoption expo. We got to meet a lot of families (some with our agency) and it was so nice introducing them to Andrew. We spoke with many families interested in adoption and it was nice to be able to help out. It is amazing what a year can do in knowledge and experience. We ended our day eating at Mert's, a soul food restaurant, but Andrew was clearly ready to go home by that time. Being on display, although fun for us and helpful to prospective adoptive parents, wasn't as rewarding for Andrew. Plus missing a nap isn't too cool, either.
Earlier this week Andrew had his 'little boy' surgery. It went as smoothly as could be expected, but Andrew is still in a bit of pain, and I tend to slack of the tylenol and motrin too much (I'm too reactive instead of proactive). I add this because it was helpful to read other adoptive parent blogs about the process, and it helped me out a lot in asking the right questions to make sure the process went as smoothly as could be expected.
And finally we had Andrew evaluated by the early intervention group. We wanted to wait until we were home for a few months before being tested. Andrew did well and actually impressed me with some of the things he could do. Of course, he is still a bit behind in some categories, but I got the impression the only thing he might qualify for is speech. We will find out more on Tuesday when we meet for their report and conclusions. I do hope their recommendations will err on the side of recommending therapy, as I want to give Andrew opportunities to help him progress and learn. I'll post more when we get the full report.
Andrew has done other new things this week. On Monday the 27th he began clapping his hands. On Tuesday he put the ring back on the stick. He is really starting to mimic things we do and say with more regularity. He will hold his bottle on his own for a small bit (this is one area we haven't really pushed, as we want to continue the attachment and bonding that goes along with bottle feeding). He will walk now with only one hand on the couch. He gaining weight and getting rather tall. I looked at a growth chart and it looks like he is close to the 30% range for height, which floors me.
We also hope to get our adoption announcements out this week, if we can ever get to the post office. The picture is from early September, so Andrew has changed a lot, but it is a good reflection of Andrew soon after we brought him home.
We will post more later. Thanks for checking in on us.