Apr. 22nd, 2009

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None of us really hold still for pictures long, but I'll try to get some off the camera soon.

Put Xander on the scale last night - he's gained over three pounds since he arrived (weighed on 3/24 in the doctor's office, he was 30" tall and 25 lbs. Last night, he was 28.2 lbs.) - a bit over a kilogram (1.45 kg, to be exact). Since most of the reports we received during the wait between referral and final decree showed no increase of weight or height, I'm curious to see if he's also grown a bit in height as well.

We've got the Spongebob growth chart to put on the wall, we just have to find a moment to put it up when his nibs will let us without wanting to take it down and hug it. Yanno.

He eats well! If you keep in mind that 1) he doesn't like vegetables, fruit only a little bit more than that, 2) only dairy preference is ice cream and yogurt, 3) make sure it's salty, not sweet, 4) ramen is the gold standard and 5) chicken nuggets and french fries always work - hey, no problem! Typical toddler!

Rice with furikake is the preferred breakfast food - haven't tried the hot cereal route, but from daycare we know that he'll also eat croissants and blueberry muffins for breakfast (they serve right around dropoff time and won't deny him anything if he wants some), and most of the new items we've put on the list have been choices for lunch there (but I always pack a rice ball and some crackers as a backup). Snacks have included nutrigrain bars, fruit, milk, crackers...daycare/preschool has been a REALLY good thing for him. There's no way we could have given him the same kind of experience with only two of us at home - he's making friends, doing much more and getting ready for grown-up kid school. And outside of having to be away from us, it's a fun, fun time for him.

Like most kids, daycare is a mixed bag. Some mornings, he can't wait to get to the toys. Other days, he's very clear that he'd like one of us there all day. But the staff report to us often on how sweet and well-behaved he is, that he's a good friend and easy to get along with. English is still coming slowly, but I hear him attempting more words daily - it's clear he knows what 'truck' is - but I haven't heard him use the English word for it, just the Chinese. Oh, and he's just like other little boys when it comes to heavy machinery - BRING IT. Airplanes, 18-wheeler trucks, buses, backhoes, trains - whatever. Best thing ever!

Yesterday was a really hot day - nearly 100 degrees (38 C)! So they had what they called 'water play' out in the yard - everyone got good and wet! (And I had to bring some more backup clothes today - ^^!) We already have a set of swimming trunks for him - going to the beach soon is in the plan - I just need to be more over my bronchitis so I can chase after him fast enough - the ocean here has big waves and lots of places for him to run right in - you need to be fast on your feet with little ones!

We're not seeing the attachment issues we've been warned about in book after book on international adoption, so we're knocking wood and continuing to watch. About the only time we really see any separation anxiety is at bedtime, where most kids don't want to be separated from their parents - sleep time. Last night, we had to throw our hands up and decide it had really been a good day and he just didn't want it to end. Poor kid was so tired, he knew he had to fall asleep, but the moment he did - he'd wake right back up enough to know he was falling asleep and didn't want to. And then drop off. Once he's asleep, he sleeps well and all night - and of course, doesn't want to get up in the morning!

He fidgets to stay awake - really cute, actually. He doesn't cry, he doesn't whine, he doesn't fight sleep - except in these little fidgets once you put him down. Point the toes. Scratch the head. Flick fingers. Roll over and bury my head in the pillow. Allowed unchecked, he can stay awake, and keep awake a long time. We discovered that swaddling him cures this FAST - no wiggle room - and the first time we tried it, the look on his face was priceless. "Oh, you found my weak spot! DARN." Swaddled, without the ability to fidget - he was asleep almost instantly.

But he does want both of us there as he falls asleep. Okay.

We're now within that six month period I wanted of just 'home, daycare, home again' before adding much more to his schedule like long trips away from home to visit family, meeting more people and so on. It appears to be agreeing with all of us.

So far, so good.

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