|Ahhh, the fresh Wyoming air!|
He also has learned a few words, including "more" which means "more" and "nose," interchangeably; he says the word "bubble" a lot - that one seems easy for him to say; and he says "dada." Ronda and Aunt Kearsley have worked on some sign language with him, so he can sign "please," "thank-you," "more," "water," and he is working on "up." Genius!
Before we left for China, we made appointments with our Pediatrician and the surgeon at Denver Children's Hospital, so when we got home to Colorado, those were two of the first things we did. First, at the pediatrician's office, we learned that he was "normal" for a kid his age in both head circumference and height, but didn't even make the weight chart. As we expected, the surgeon echoed our pediatrician by telling us that we wouldn't be able to have his stomach repaired until he put on some weight. The surgeon estimated 6-12 months. We made an appointment to meet with him in October to see what progress has been made. Last week (one-month home) we went back to the pediatrician and learned that Cooper had gained 3 pounds and grew one inch! In a month! We may surprise the surgeon in October if he keeps up that growth!
Let's see, can he work a room? Umm, yes! We have had a few occasions like family get togethers and one event at CCAI where he is in a crowd and initially is taken aback by the number of people. However, that shyness quickly fades and he starts to sparkle... and introduce himself to everyone. He likes to wave and play jokes on people, like hey - want to shake my hand? Too slow buddy! He also thinks that it is funny to call himself "dada," but he will point at me sometimes and say it too. That's good enough for me at this point.
|Strike a pose!|
Do we think that his development is amazing? Yes! But we aren't experts. We look forward to getting his surgery done and can't wait for him to start saying a few more words, but most of all we are sooooo happy to be at home with our little guy. He's the best and we are both in love with him!
Last week we got an email from our agency telling us that there are financial savings to repeating the adoption process within a year... hmmmmmmmmmm..... more to follow on that.
Until next time, Ryan.