|I thought these two were so cute in their coats.|
|She's not the most animated of the kids, but she can give some great smiles!|
|It's safe to say this one is the most animated of the kids.|
|Always seeking attention... and she usually gets it, too!|
|Starting to come out of his shell...|
Our little boy has had the biggest changes in his behavior, and his ability to embrace happiness. He was so angry, and did a lot of rocking, staring at lights, and hand flapping, as well as throwing a lot of tantrums. He still rocks, but now it's more like he's thinking about things, and he even looks happy when he's rocking. If we call him while he's rocking, he'll get up to come and see what we're up to. He still gets mad pretty easily, but it's usually short-lived, especially if we can figure out what he wants, and solve his problem. We don't give him everything he wants, and we're pretty strict with him, and have boundaries, but he knows what the rules are, so it's usually not just trying to get his own way. Sometimes it is, though, and then he just has to deal with it, because kids don't run our household.
He also believed for a long time that the orphanage way was the right way, and the only way, and wouldn't accept our way of doing--- pretty much anything. Unfortunately, he also believed that he was incapable of just about anything, and has had to be convinced, slowly but surely, that there are lots of things that he can do, if he'll just give it a try. He didn't think we knew what we were talking about, so it's been a lot of work, but now that he sees that we do know what we're talking about, he's learned to do lots of things, and is actually pretty proud of himself when he does.
He also eats and drinks very well now. He has his preferences, of course, but he has a good appetite for almost every meal. He's gained enough weight now that his pants will stay up. We had so much trouble finding clothes for him, since he was too thin for almost any size. We thought he looked like an alien, because his head appeared enormous compared to his tiny little body. His little legs looked like sticks, and his hip bones stuck out. He now has muscle and fat on him, and appears healthier and more active every day.
I'll wrap this up for now, and talk about the girls another day. Bye!