Saturday, January 21, 2012

Three weeks home

Sorry it has been a while with no updates, but the LeRoy household is humming with activity by one pretty amazing little four-year old - and not much time for mommy to do other things.  Nate has transitioned incredibly well  - I know we are a bit biased, but I contend that he is doing well by any standards.

There are moments during the day when it feels like he has been with us since birth.  He is a fun, funny, loving, energetic and good kid.  He loves trying to learn English and being silly around the house.  He is singing the ABC song AND Doe A Deer and is counting to 20.  I think he picks up 5-10 new words a day and pretty much understands almost everything we say to him in English.  He's also saying full sentences (well, 3-word sentences).  "Me (mommy in Vietnamese), ketchup please." or "Daddy walk dogs."  Wish I could learn a language like that.  My Vietnamese is limited to the words for banana, cat, thank you, frog and pig.

One of the biggest challenges that we're having right now is his dental health.  His teeth are just awful and that's been confirmed by a wonderful pediatric dentist team that we're seeing.  Next Wednesday he goes in to the hospital for a one-hour, multi-procedure.  The bad news is that he is having several teeth pulled and several teeth capped.  The good news is that he won't remember anything and it will be done in one hour.  The best news is that his teeth won't hurt any more.

Since we've been home, 10 children from the orphanage are home in the U.S. and the 11th will be home in about 48 hours.  Unfortunately, that may be all of them for now, but as far as I understand, they are still fighting for the last five.  Please send prayer to those families.

We wish everyone a happy Tet (Vietnamese new year, which starts on Sunday)!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Just hanging out at home

We had an amazing homecoing and Nate was amazingly good on a long 27-hour trip home.  He seems to be adapting life in the U.S. very well.  One thing we were worried about was how he'd react to the animals.  He's still working on liking the dogs, but he pets the cats and smiles.  He even let Mao nap with him yesterday.

He's also quite a chatterbox.  He speaks a lot of Vietnamese, but is quickly learning English.  He can count to ten and is working on his ABCs.  Also, I'd say that despite the language differences, we understand each other about 80% of the time.  I've been doing some reading and some adopted children his age actually start to loose their native langage in as little as 5 weeks.  I hate for him to loose too much culture too quickly, but it might help him as he gets ready for pre-school in a few weeks.

We're still working on good sleeping patterns, but that will hopefully get corrected soon.  I think we're still working through a little jet lag too - so a double whammy.

We've had a few outings - to visit my grandmother and to Target.  So far, so good.  We're trying the grocery later today.  Later this week, we will head back to the airport to welcome our dear friends, John and Courtney, home with their little boy Lincoln.

Tomorrow is also a very big day - Nate's 4th birthday!  We're celebrating this weekend with his cousin Jack who also shares a January birthday.  Hard to have much time to write or upload pictures, but I will try to get some more pics up this week.