Age January 2006: 5 yrs. 4 mos. Age Jan. 2007: 6 yrs. 4 mos.
Height January 2006: 37 1/2″ January 2007: 44 3/4″
Weight January 2006: 33 lbs January 2007: 43 1/2 lbs
Size when she came home: 3T Size one year later: 5/6
Language at homecoming: Haitian Creole
School skills at homecoming: draw a circle with a crayon
Today: Beginning reader
Gross motor skills at homecoming: Could not pull herself up into the van without assistance. Struggled to climb the ladder to the swingset. Had never sat on a swing. Very little muscle tone.
Today: Climbs everything. Runs like the wind. Swings so high she frightens strangers. Jumps rope. Skips rope. Can cross the monkey bars. Solid muscle.
Emotional state at homecoming: Frightened. Experienced night terrors. Shy and insecure.
Today: Described by others as “a happy child”. Everyone loves her because her smile lights up a room. A colossal jokester. Extraordinarily loving and generous.
Character at homecoming: An incredibly courageous, determined, beautiful child.
Character Today: An incredibly courageous, determined, beautiful child.
Age January 2006: 2 yrs. 4 mos. Age January 2007: 3 yrs. 4 mos.
Height January 2006: 25″ Height January 2007: 37 7/8″
Weight January 2006: 18 lbs Weight January 2007: 30 lbs
Size clothing Jan. 2006: It depended on the garment but an average was 9 mos.
Size clothing January 2007: 3T
Language at homecoming: 3 words: Mama, Daddy, Bye
Language today: Still speech delayed but can sass her Mama complete with the rolling of the eyes.
Pre-educational skills at homecoming: virtually non-existent
Pre-educational skills today: Recognizes all of her numbers, colors, and shapes. Can sing many songs including the ABC song. Counts to 20.
Gross motor skills at homecoming: Fell down constantly. Had very poor balance. Could only ascend a flight of stairs by using a “crawling motion” with hands and feet. Slid down stairs on her rear. Could not run, or jump and had very poor muscle tone.
Today: Runs, jumps and climbs. Can walk a balance beam. Can peddle a tricycle and PUMP A SWING!
Emotional state at homecoming: Terrified of EVERYTHING, withdrawn and shy.
Today: The life of the party. A complete clown. Specialty: The Crazy Baboon Dance from The Wild Thornberry’s.
Character at homecoming: Fiery as a habanero and as sweet as a stalk of sugar cane from her homeland. A survivor.
Character Today: Firey as a habanero and as sweet as a stalk of sugar cane from her homeland. A survivor.
And just in case you forgot today….GOD IS GOOD!
*Note: An adoption story by its very nature is a never ending story. The everyday miracles in our home are abundant. So, just because this part of the narrative has concluded, doesn’t mean there are no good chapters to follow. I hope you will come back again and again as we savor stories of God’s grace together.
And I hope you will send me a few of your own…