As I think about the fact that we have been home with Kenen for 2 months, I wonder when it will happen ... when I will not be so aware that he has not alway been with us ....when we will feel like he is so much a part of us, that it doesn't make sense to count months.
Instead of focusing on the things that have been difficult these past two months, I thought I'd highlight some of the good things ...
* He sleeps!! In his own bed (which is currently in our room). He might wake up in the early morning hours, but usually it is to go to the bathroom. Then he snuggles up next to me, and falls back to sleep. He sleeps peacefully and soundly. This is by far the only thing that is keeping me sane most days.
* Kenenisa is fearless. He rides his scooter faster than many kids twice his age ... and it only took him a couple of weeks to go from tricycle to razor scooter. I am hoping to keep him off a bike till Spring, since I will definitely not be able to catch him once he's on the bike.
* He loves water. Loves taking showers, the sprinklers, water guns, pools and the ocean. Can't wait till he gets to take swimming lessons. I'm sure he will be a little fish!
* He seems to be comfortable with our family and delights in each person differently. Though his favorite is no doubt, his sister, Kristen. Before the kids went back to school, he would often refuse to eat breakfast till Kristen came down, and would wander the hall calling her name. Bummer for him, she's the sleeper of the family, and can sleep till 9:30 or 10:00 most days.
* He has been great at sitting and watching soccer games. This surprised me very much, as I expected him to want to run onto the field and kick the ball. A small bag of goodies has done the trick. Since we have at least 3 a week ... this is a very good thing.
* He is smart. His language improves every day. He even remembers which way we should turn when we are going places. The number of things he has learned in 2 months is phenomenal ... from just learning the things that are now familiar to him in our house, to a new language, to new faces.
* He is very confident in his abilities, and wants to try to do everything. I'm pretty sure that he thinks that he could drive a car, if we would only give him the opportunity.
* He prays each night before we turn out the lights ... "Kristen, Daddy, Kristen, Daddy, beans, makena (car), Fuh-ly-zun (Ryan), Efan, cake, food, Mommy, Kristen, Daddy, house, Nana, Grandpa's house, Sophie (their dog)... you get the idea.
Most importantly, he knows we are here for him ... this is progress ... to be sure.