Eva has been with us for a week now.  We have had our first social worker visit, had a well child check-up, made several trips to the store, gone to a family cookout, run in the hayfield, visited the playground....the list just goes on...it has been very busy.  We are sleeping on our time now and have been since maybe
Wednesday night, so it didn't take long.
We have learned that the personality description in her referral is seriously wrong or she has changed a lot in the last couple of years.  This girl is not shy, or reserved, at all!  She loves to hit her father-don't know what that is about, but Aidan did the same thing, and we know that it means they love him, so he takes the hits.
She loves to spend time with her brother.  He is enjoying re-learning some Chinese and he is the soul of patience with her.  He takes her hand and walks with her when we go out, voluntarily pushes her on the swing, is much more eager to sleep in his own bed now that he has a roommate (that was a great decision on our part!)  They jabber away in the back seat of the car, which is good since she gets carsick and he gets bored :)
She can be content playing by herself, which is awesome.  She loves to help cook.  She is a very picky eater despite what they said when I asked-the girl would live on fruit, vegetables, eggs, and nuts if I let her pick all of her own food.  Those are all great foods, of course, but within an hour of a meal she tells me she is hungry again.  That happened a lot with Aidan but I believe that food was fulfilling an emotional need with him and now we are trying to correct the wrong that did, so I don't want to go down that road again.
She is good with all of the other kids and the animals, but especially with our (almost) three year old grandson and with the youngest dog, Mangus.
I was so happy to see all three grandsons and the little granddaughter again and share my treasures with them.  It turns out that our daughter in-law knows of and just loves squeaky shoes, so I won't be hated for bringing home the adorable red silk pair!
And I have to say that I just love having two seven year olds!
 


April Z.
10/10/2011 5:16pm

Ruby,
I was so excited to see that you'd posted an update. I've been wondering how everything is going. That's wonderful news to hear that Eva is adjusting to your family so beautifully and really heartwarming that her and Aidan are great buddies. I'm glad that you're getting onto a normal sleep schedule again!

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April Z.
10/10/2011 5:17pm

I meant to say that I love seeing all your pictures too! Eva looks great!!

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10/10/2011 5:17pm

She is beautiful. Glad everyone is adjusting well. Looks like you will be joyfully busy!

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10/10/2011 5:25pm

What a wonderful update. Love seeing the photos too! So happy things are going well.

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10/11/2011 3:17am

Wow - you guys sure hit the ground running! And turned around the time zones in a week - it took us WAY longer! Just over the moon for you guys Ruby - I'm sure there will be some (and have been) bumps - but wow!

hugs - aus and co.

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10/12/2011 1:36pm

Great update! So amazing how the two seven year olds are getting along so great. Very cool. I'm impressed at how fast you turned the time zone around. Great pictures. I want to turn the sand box into mud for Jia now :)

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Annie
10/13/2011 10:51am

So happy that they are getting along! It will probably make such a difference in your own attachment. We found the description of the personality to be quite the opposite too.

Rose did the same thing with the hitting. She also spit a couple of times, so you may see that, although hopefully not! It took us about a year and a half to work out some of the behaviors that weren't appropriate, but it's better now.

Glad you guys are home safe and finding your routine.

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