Today, we celebrate 15 months since getting our sweet Ashby London!
I kind of feel silly thinking about it because it feels like we’ve had her forever. It’s weird to me to think back to a time when it was just the four of us because it just seems wrong not to have had Ashby. She is the perfect piece to our family’s puzzle. She just fits.
I would say that over the last month, Ashby has made the biggest strides in her vocabulary. She really can start and carrying on a conversation and her pronunciation of words is getting to be much more clear. She is still behind for her age (almost four), but she’s rapidly catching up.
Some funny words/phrases she says now are:
That’s so cool.
You’re a mess.
I am so tired. (She says this when she’s bored.)
He/she is so whiny at school (whoever is whiny that day, Ashby will rat them out at home.)
As for Ashby’s health…right now, we’re at a good place. She’s still being closely monitored for blood clots and aneurysms, but she does not need to be medicated. She is technically right-handed but has mastered using her left hand because her right hand just doesn’t function as well. Whenever she can use her right hand, she will…but when it comes to writing, coloring, painting…she uses her left hand. We are most likely going to begin some procedures in the fall. The timing of them has to be just right and line up with the rest of her development…but as of now, that’s the plan.
And for grins, here are a few little pieces of info about our girl Ashby 15 months post-placement:
Favorite color: pink
Favorite song: Let it Go
Favorite TV show: Peppa Pig
Favorite thing to eat: Mexican food
Favorite toy: her unicorn (pictured above)
Favorite Disney Princess: Cinderella
Favorite after school snack: Goldfish crackers
Favorite thing to do with Kensington: play dolls
Favorite thing to do with Smith: play on the swing set
Size wise, she’s on the tiny side. She still wears a size 2T and a size 6 shoe (and she’s almost four). At her last appointment she weighed 26 pounds which makes her small on a US scale but about average on a Chinese scale. She is completely potty trained during the day but I’m betting she’s 35 before she stops sleeping in a Pull Up ;). We are working on her numbers (she can count to 10 some days…but 8 is clearly her favorite number so she likes to sneak it in a few times: 1, 2, 3, 8, 4, 8, 5, 6, 8, 7, 8. She has a hard time remembering colors, but she’s getting the hang of it. She can always identify black, white, red, green and blue. The other colors throw her off a little. She has no clue about the alphabet but knows without a doubt that her name begins with an A.
Our big kids are adjusting remarkably well. I think having them older when we adopted made a big difference. They love her, she gets on their nerves, they can’t wait to see her after school, they want her to go away, she can play with them, she cannot play with them…it’s typical younger sibling stuff :).
When you sweet readers reflect on my blog…I always want you to think two things:
1. She has a heart for Jesus and she will share that with me if I ever need her to. She loves the Lord.
2. She has a heart for orphans and adoption. And she will encourage and share that with me as well…because a sweet little baby found abandoned on June 19, 2012 has changed her life more than she ever thought she could.
Next update at 18 months…and she’ll be four then!
One last thing before I get to Meal Planning Monday…if you missed it on my Instagram yesterday, I will be cooking on The Today Show tomorrow with Kathie Lee & Hoda during their final hour. What? What? YES! Tune in to see me! I’m in NYC today with Erika and super pumped about our week!
Here’s a peek at Meal Planning Monday…
Have a great day!