"Adopting a Child won't change the world; but for that Child the world will change."

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

6 months... already?!!

**You'd better get a cuppa... this post turned out alot longer than first anticipated!!! Oh yeah, some toilet talk in there too**

This year has gone so incredibly fast, I can't believe we're into August already!!! So... what's changed in 6 months?

*Tari is trying to talk all the time! She still doesn't say alot, (that actually makes sense!) but she's verbalising, and thats good!
*Tari does a wee on the toilet before every bath, and has done 3 poos too! I'll wait til the weather warms up a bit, before I really start trying the toilet training.
*Tari is INTO EVERYTHING! I've been sick, for about 3 months now - first with whooping cough, and last week, I got a virus that was like gastro & a head cold, in one. It was disgusting. (I was swabbed for swine flu - but was negative... that's something to be thankful for!!!) Anyway, being so sick, and trying to look after a toddler.... is REALLY REALLY hard. I could barely stay awake for more than about 10 mins at a time, Tari would whack me, to wake me up!! Poor kid, she just wanted to play - I just couldn't keep my eyes open! At one point, I'd shut the toilet door, to chuck, Tari pulled ALL the tissues out of the tissue box. Another time, she raided the kitchen cupboard, and pulled all the musli bars out, and all the ziplock bags out of the box (of 100!). I did the vaccuuming yesterday (we have ducted vac. so it has a really long, 18m hose) - Tari follows along after me - either treading on, or tripping on the cord, so was crying every 2 minutes, and when she wasn't doing that, she'd go into the rooms, I'd just cleaned, and pull everything out of the cupboards! (she LOVES the bathroom cupboard, and my shoes... so annoying!!!). OH, and she's pulled all the toilet paper off the roll... but then tears it up into tiny pieces.
SO, as much as I adore this child beyond comprehension... she frustrates me so much, sometimes!!!
*Everything takes 5 times longer. Running into the post office to get stamps. Popping into the pharmacy to pick up a script. The Bank. Food shopping (coz she'll kick off a shoe, and I need to retrace my steps - she's lost her left shoe from two pairs, in the last week alone!) Grrr!!! AND they were really cute China shoes. Double Grrrr!!!!
*She's got lots more teeth, even getting back teeth now! But I think I'll need to take her to a paediatric dentist. Her teeth are growing behind each other, and her bottom jaw still overlaps her top jaw, and her bottom teeth rub on her top front teeth, and have made a groove in her tooth! (she had that when we first met, but I think its getting worse)
*Tari has become a food conissuer, and can be really fussy about what she eats. She will ALWAYS want something of what you're eating.
*There is no doubt, she understand everything we say to her. I poured a lemonade yesterday, she stood at my feet squawking like a seagull, I said "Get your cup" - and pointed to it on the coffee table. She wandered into the lounge room, but I didn't think she knew what I'd said. A few seconds later, she appeared at my feet with her cup!!! (BTW, I do one quarter lemonade the rest water... just in case you wanted to harrass me for giving a one year old soft drink!!!)
*Tari LOVES the phone. She's obsessed with it. She'll even hold a biscuit to her head, and start babbling!!! I think she's going to be in communications?!!
*She is the absolute champion of sleeping. Tari sleeps a good 12-13 hours at night, and another 2-3 hours during the day..... maybe that's way she's so busy when she's awake?!!!
*Tari is STILL petrified of our dogs. She isn't so worried about Chewy (coz he's a little terrier), but is TERRIFIED of Milo (a large spoodle). Milo is still a pup, and has no common sense at all - he'll just go bounding over to her, and has licked her on her face before - she shook with fear, and screamed... but no sound came out... she was that scared! We take her outside with the dogs, everyday. I guess she's marginally better. But most of the time, she just screams. I used to stand her at the laundry door (its a glass door) so she could see me, and see the dogs, but not have them near her.... but now she's developed a fear for the washing machine as well!!!! So she screams in there, too!!!
*Tari is starting to sing! Its so cute! We sing Twinkle twinkle little star, row row row your boat, if you're happy and you know it, mostly. As soon as we start singing, she'll do the actions. Yesterday, she was in her high chair and started "Row row row row row row"... so its not perfect! But its so cute!
*Tari has HAIR! But now that she has hair, I have to decide what to do with it!!! Fringe, or no fringe?!! Side part? Its really hard, coz her hair grows from the back of her head, forward. I think I'll ask my hairdresser, what will be best!
*H-man was having a bath with Tari the other night, and asked what the purple spots were on her bottom. (mongolian spots) - I think thats funny! She's been home 6 months, and he's only just asking that now?!! Maybe he thought it was a bruise... but they never went away?!!

*Tari loves to scream. Like, peel the wallpaper off the walls, kinda pitch. Its unreal! She particularly likes to do it in the car. Maybe she likes the acoustics? Or maybe its just that I've just picked up the older two, and am talking to them... she feels the need to be heard? Whatever the reason, its incredibly annoying!!! Sometimes its so loud, my ears hurt, and I can't concentrate on driving!!! (its not usually a short scream either... it usually goes on for a good minute or so!!!)
*The kids all get on so well. Miss M, is a godsend. She is such a great big sister. The only time we have any issues, is in the car! Tari doesn't like anyone to touch her carseat!!! (and she's in the middle) - so if H-man leans on it - she freaks out! But she gets him back... when he's playing his DS, she'll pull his hair, or put her fingers on the screen... then he starts screaming!!!

Life is good. I'm sick of being sick. And I have days where I'm totally "over" the toodlerhood stage. But hey... that is life, right?!!


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

WOW... 6 months..
That is crazy.. seems like yesterday I was watching you in China..
Love the collage of her growing like a weed...
Sorry to hear you are sick .. .but sounds like things are going well.

Chelley said...

I am sure if you hadnt been so SICK this would not have felt so bad.....

I hope that you are on the MEND and stay away from anymore nasty bugs!

Hope the house is GOING full steam ahead!

RebeccaB said...

wow, just found your 'other' blog! its fabulous, how do you find the time.....
i was checking out all the layouts and thought, gee i'm not the only one who only scraps the kids....and why is that....cos we are always on the back-end of the camera.....
so nice to read up on your gorgeous little Tari, and boy is she little.....she is a gem....

Sarah said...

Hello there gorgeous,
congratulations on six months
from one toddler mummy to another, everything you wrote sounds soooo familiar , pulling all the toilet paper off the roll check,throwing all her clothes on the floor as I am trying to clean them up , check.Ok am relieved to know all toddlers are the same and it is not just special quirks of our fiesty two year old Add to that throwing her plate on the floor when we are trying to have lunch and spitting out food and yep the frustrations are many but the joys are greater.Your girl is growing more beautiful with ever passing day

Love and lots of hugs

Alyson & Ford said...

So sorry you are sick. I seemed to catch a few bad colds during our first 6 months home.
Congrats on six months! Love the pictures, she's more and more adorable each day!

Alyzabeth's Mommy for Ten Months

Luna said...

How could it be that you have had Tari for 6 months already? Time passed so slowly during the wait and now that our girls are home....It's moving FAST!

BTW, Tari is such a beautiful girl!!

Briana's Mom said...

I can't believe 6 months has gone by! What a beauty!

Shannon said...

Oh wow-6 month already! Sounds like T and my E could join forces and be the demo team of the decade! E is very "busy" and makes me extra busy because of it! Totally understood your scenario! So sorry you've been ill-that makes it much, much more difficult. Love the singing- too sweet! Hugs to all 3 of your beautiful kiddos! =)

Canada to China and back! said...

Holy! 6 months! You were the first blog I started following when we made the decision to adopt I was just too shy to say anything!lol! I love your blog and I'm very happy to see you all doing so well! I pray God will pour out his richest blessing on you and yours!

Lisa~~ said...

Happy 6 months! Sorry that you've been sick for so long, I know from experience how difficult that can be. Hope that you're feeling better and 100% very soon. Tari sounds like Maisie when I'm trying to get things accomplished, we call it help-hindering and what used to take me mere minutes now can take all day to accomplish.

I'm totally jealous of the sleeping as Maisie had never been a good sleeper and I'm lucky to get a combined 9 hrs between night and nap! Good luck with the screaming. Love your updates.

Janet said...

WOW. Great stuff about Tari. I like to hear how they are doing! I think it's hilarious that you call bangs "fringe". Tee hee.

Happy 6 months!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Congratulations on six months together! I hope you feel better soon... I can remember falling asleep on the floor while the Tongginator climbed all over me. Not fun. (((hugs)))

Jenni said...

Hope you're feeling better soon. Being sick is just the worst when you have kids to look after.
About the hair - the longer it gets the more it sits neatly. My Princess S has a double crown and when her hair was short it was awful. But once it grew longer it sat much more neatly.
Keep on keeping on!

Kris said...

with exception of you being totally under the weather, i was literally SMILING through this WHOLE post. though i doubt i'll smile much when it's me dealing with lost cute china shoes and tiny pieces of toilet paper and 100 ziplock bags all over the floor, eh? but i imagine little Tari was SO happy making her mess!

Special K said...

I can't believe it's been 6 months already. It's amazing to me how time seems to fly... but the wait drags on. Does that make any sense? Anyway... glad to hear all the updates on Tari. Now I think you just need more pics of her beautiful face for us. :)

Alyson & Ford said...

The time does fly...it's amazing just how quickly.

AA's little purple spots are starting to fade on her bum. I was so fearful that someone would see them and think we bruised her :( I made certain her Doctor made note of them in her file on our first visit. Maybe a wee bit paranoid :)

coco said...

Congrats on 6 months together! It has been almost 2 1/2 years for us!

Olivia Xin

Alyson & Ford said...

Time flies!
Hoping you are better, get healthy!!
Love the updates... yes, it takes more time to do anything now!

Alyzabeth's Mommy for Eleven Months!