I really want to keep this updated but rarely find myself online anymore. It’s amazing how life changes when those big dark eyes, curly pigtails and toddler giggle capture you. You’re theirs and there is no place else you would rather be. It’s been just over 8 months since Alyssa was first put in our arms and it’s hard to imagine or remember life without her.
We are that goofy Mom and Dad you see at the store and roll your eyes because they are amazed by at every little silly baby/toddler thing she does. Every new sound and new action is something to celebrate. It’s amazing how much she understands and how quickly she learns things. She doesn’t speak much more than gibberish with a random word here or there yet. A little slow for some children her age but we know she can say the words as we have heard them and she understand practically everything we say to her. We joke that Alyssa is just waiting until she can speak full complete sentences before she decides to speak a lot. She can still make her wants easily known even without saying the words for them. Currently she is saying Ohh ooo, nummy/num num, and will chant Mama, or Dada.
Last week I knelt down to give her a hug and kiss goodbye and usually I say, “Alyssa, can Mommy have a kissie bubye?” and she runs over and puckers up. Nope, this time I knelt down and she ran over to me, puckered up her lips and yelled “NUM NUM”… yes, kinda strange for her to use her word for what we thought was food to request a kiss goodbye… Maybe Num num to her means mouth or something good? I gave her a kiss and Jason and I laughed… which made her giggle too. These are how our days go. Very happy.
We have had a couple challenges. Alyssa was rechecked at the adoption clinic to see if she had been exposed to TB. (skin test called a Mantoux) The test was positive. We did our best not to freak out, as it doesn’t mean she has TB or that she is sick, it just means at some point before she came to the U.S. she was exposed to it. Which is VERY common in international adoption. They put her on Isonozid, a medication that she will take for 9 months to ensure she won’t get TB for the next 30 years. At no point in time was she or will she be contagious for TB. It is my understanding, that it’s more of a dormant TB that if left untreated could possibly turn into TB. So that’s why the give the medication for it. I spent a long time speaking with the International Adoption Clinic and my mother, who is a Registered Nurse, so like they say, knowledge is power. I feel better now that I know all the facts.
Here is a short article regarding Mantoux tests.
Alyssa didn’t like taking her 1/2 a pill. We crushed it and put it in: Applesauce, yogurt, 2 flavors of pudding, marshmallow fluff, chocolate syrup, fig nuttons, rice crispy bars and fruit roll-ups. (fruit roll-ups worked 1/2 the time) She quickly learned to projectile spit out her food once she realized something yucky was in it. From what I am told, one of the above items normally works for most kids, but not ours. So they switched us to the liquid version a couple of days ago, sounds great to start, but massive diarrhea is a common side effect. So far so good. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it won’t do that to Alyssa, can’t have her have diarrhea for 9 months.
We received a signed order by the judge acknowledging the adoption in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago and shortly after that her U.S. birth certificate. Now I just have to get her a social security number. Another afternoon off to file the paperwork during business hours. I still have to figure out how to fit that in. I scheduled her an appointment with an Audiologist to have her hearing checked, we have no concerns about her hearing but the adoption clinic recommends you get hearing and vision checked on all adoptive children since we don’t know about family medical history. Just to make sure she is hearing and seeing will like we think she is.
Yesterday we went to a Pumpkin Patch that had a corn maze, petting zoo, food, hayride and lots and lots of pumpkins to choose from. We spent 2 hours there. Alyssa LOVED the corn maze. Initially I wondered if she was too young to enjoy it (almost 19 months) but she walked and ran through it and giggled. We got lost and had to find our way back to the entrance as we later heard no one could actually find the exit!!! It was a VERY tough maze. Alyssa was afraid of the goats and didn’t want to feed them, but she was in love with the baby cows and wouldn’t stop staring and pointing at them. She hugged some huge pumpkins and tried to push them around thinking they were balls. She was very confused but had a lot of fun. We took several pictures, but every time we took the camera out she put her serious or unhappy face on. So we have no photographic proof she had a good time.
Today we went to the park next door and I snapped a few pictures. She loved it. Below is a slide show of pictures from this weekend.