The blog hiatus is coming to an end. As was the case during the last long layoff from the blog, our absence wasn't attributable to lack of possible blog content, as we have had plenty going on, it was more about having too much happening to sit down and adequately write about it.
Since coming home in July, Camden has struggled, mightily at times, with attachment issues. To say these struggles were a surprise to us would be incorrect. We knew that based on his situation in Korea that we were most likely in for a difficult adjustment...and we were right. He has been home with us since July and I think we can now say that things are settling down a bit. Does he still communicate with his fists more often than we would like to see? Yes, but not as often as he did this time last month or the month before. Does he sleep in his bed each night? No, but there has been a night or two here or there where he does start and finish the night in his bed, rather than ours. Helping make things a bit easier now is his continualy improvement when it comes to speaking English. His ability to communicate in English is coming along ever so slightely. His first word was Parker, and now he has added Addy, Elmo, I wanna, Where's it at?, and a few other phrases to his repitoire.
Awhile back, sometime last year during our long wait for Camden to join our family, Sara and I listened one evening to a web cast put on by our adoption agency talking about what to expect after bringing your child home. I admit that having been through it three times before I kind of figured I knew what it was going to be like. I remember during the talk that we were told to expect the child to sleep in your bed for months after arriving home, as that is what the children are accustomed to in Korea. Be it that our other kids haven''t slept in our beds very often, I just figured that would be the case for Cam. I was wrong. Many more nights than not our little winds up in our bed at some point during the night.
All that being true, we have noted some marked improvement out of our little guy in last couple of weeks.
As for the other kids, they are doing great.
Lleyton is settling into Kindergarten. I would like to be able to report that he doesn't have a girlfriend, but I'm afraid I'd be mistaken. Since about day 1 of school, he has come home telling us about one particular young lady. This particular little lady must have older sisters or watch alot of TV, as Lleyton has reported to us that she tells him that she wants to date him and kiss him and marry him. Never a dull moment.
Parker is as inquisitive as ever. He's doing great in school and I couldn't be more happy, proud, and/or relieved to report that the major issues we were facing at the beginning of this year with our big guy have ceased. He's wrapping another baseball season in the next couple of weeks just before embarking on another basketball season.
Addy is Addy. She's as cute as ever, all while mixing in some of her now trademark diva moments. To say she's pretty and she knows it would be quite accurate. She loves Dora, shoes, and anything purple...and her brothers.
For those surprised to see us active again on the blog and checking in in hopes of seeing how big our crew is getting, here you go...