Thursday, November 8, 2012

Two Years Together

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Two years ago today, we met Zoe.

This little girl had a rough start. But oh, how she is loved and how that love can change a child amazes me every single day.

How is Zoe doing after two years in our home and family?

She still has food issues and likely always will. She is still concerned with when the next meal is coming, is there dessert, can she have another snack? We continue to try to teach her to listen to her body, that when her tummy says it is full, she should stop eating. She still will not stop eating as long as there is food in front of her. We are trying to encourage healthy choices and are thankful that she loves her fruit!

She is very black and white. When she is happy (which is most of the time) she laughs and we can't help but laugh with her! She is very dramatic and animated, again causing us to laugh often. And she also loves to throw a good temper tantrum when she is not happy, which can be amusing, and yet, makes me want to pull my hair out. She loves to grunt and flop down on the floor, kicking her legs and anything near her. But she does respond to discipline and shows great remorse when she acts this way.

She is extremely affectionate. She loves to cuddle. She loves to hug and kiss. She tells you that she loves you... all the time. And she is so easy to squish.

Zoe is showing some signs of ADHD. I hate labels and won't label her, but I am watching her closely and using some of our therapy techniques to teach her how to control some of her impulses.

This is carrying over into school now that she is in Kindergarten. The school does an assessment and Zoe showed some signs of concern in many areas. I am hoping that these are just developmental delays because of her late start and that they will work themselves out, but in the meanwhile, she is seeing an Occupational Therapist at the school, as well as a Speech Therapist.

I am so thankful for the support our school offers. That her teachers and the Principal love and adore her (even though she can be a bit of a handful!) that they show such compassion and understanding towards her.

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I LOVE this girl with my whole heart.

By choice, we have become a family, first in our hearts, and finally in breath and being. Great expectations are good; great experiences are better. -- Richard Fischer

6 comments:

Danae said...

Congratulations on two years of being Zoe's Mama!

The photos are lovely...they capture Zoe's quiet beauty:)

the meaklims said...

So beautiful, that song came on while I read this and I cried. I never cried so much until I became a parent... so much joy, so much love, so much emotion.

Zoe, she is a precious child. And I can tell your love for her. 2 years... how did that happen?!

Jessica said...

Congratulations on 2 years with Zoe! She is a beautiful little girl!

Marie said...

Congrats on 2 years! She is beautiful...a true gem.

Patrick and Christina said...

Happy Forever Family Day! Lovely update and beautiful photo's of a precious little girl! :)

Monica said...

Congratulations on your two-year anniversary! After a rough start in life, it's wonderful that she now has all the love and support she needs to reach her potential.

These portraits of her are just stunning, Paige. Seriously, they are some of my faves.