Hannah's seems to be learning more and more English words. I believe now that in just a few months, she'll be speaking so much and so clearly, you won't be able to tell she wasn't here in the U.S. all her life. She recently started to say "hurt" instead of the Chinese word for it, and she says "cow" every time we get in the car. Speaking of cows, we went out this morning to the farm where we buy our organic eggs and raw milk, and she was making sure the whole way that we were indeed going to see the cows. She kept saying, "Mommy, cow!" And I kept reassuring her, "Yes, we are going to see the cows." Going to the farm has really helped her feel more comfortable around animals, and to learn their names. While she still doesn't want to pet any of them, she'll actually get down out of my arms and walk around sometimes, until one of the dogs or cats gets too close, and then she's climbing me. I think a few more trips will take care of that fear.
Miles and Hannah are growing closer and getting along better. Sometimes I'm so amazed at how quiet it is around here with two kids in the house. It's not all the time, of course, but those times I find them playing quietly together, or even just side-by-side on their toy laptops is so heartwarming. I love seeing my children connecting and growing in their sibling bond.
My sister and her family just recently met Hannah a couple of weeks ago. My sister had her baby while we were flying back from China, and we wanted to play it safe around her and wait until Hannah's blood test results came back. She has no illnesses, but she did have to get to immunizations, and is still being treated for giardia. She couldn't keep the antibiotics for it down, so we switched to a natural herbal treatment. We have two more weeks to go with that, then we'll do more stool samples to see if it did the trick. Please keep her in your prayers. As long as she has giardia, it will be hard for her to gain any weight.
We've been enjoying our laid-back summer. While there's nothing wrong with having lots of activities over the summer, we're loving just mostly staying home, getting to know each other better, settling into a routine. I'm feeling so much better lately, and am able to focus more on the things that are important, the little things. Like wrapping up Hannah in a blanket and holding her like a baby and talking to baby talk to her, sometimes even feeding her a water bottle full of milk. She asks me to do this every day now and LOVES it. I'm looking at picture books more with her, pointing to pictures and telling her what the objects and animals are called. And as I've said before, she loves to be in the kitchen with me, and I let her help as much as I can. All these are little things I just wouldn't have time for if we were scheduled to do activities most days. I feel so blessed to have this precious time with both of my children, and especially with Hannah, since she has missed out on so much already.
Brother and sister bonding.
At my sister's house with the new baby.
Miles and Hannah with their cousins.
The 4th of July at Mei-Feng Ayi's house.
Meeting one of her cousins.
Another one from the 4th. Hannah has no shortage of Ayis!