We had a little sibling get together this Sunday and Arielle had a ball! She had all her sibs under one roof. Along with brother-in-law, Brads GF, nephew and grandparents. I really think she likes us! (Next week we hope to visit Brad's mom!)
She got some gifts and she gave gifts too!
Life has been very active lately. I have found out by experience that is takes at least 3 months to feel like we are all settled...probably more than that. It just happens, and one day you realize it.... I'm not sure there is any defining moment that says, "we made it over the hump". You just wake up one day and realize how normal you feel. :)
We had another meltdown. Doctor appointments. We had an appointment with the general pediatrician, an ultra-sound, and then time with the urologist. (it's all at Dupont Children's Hospital) We had a translator for the first two but stupid me sent the translator home after she had been with us for 2 hours. Truth is, I wasn't sure how she was getting paid. I know the hospital provides the service, but somebody is paying, and I don't think it is our insurance. Until I find out how much this is costing, we need to spread these appointments out!
Well, shortly after I sent her on her way, Arielle became upset. And the appointment ended! So now we need to go back in 2 weeks. I did find out some important info though. Like how this child has had at least 5 major surgeries in her short life. No wonder why she is afraid of doctors and hospitals.
Arielle starts school on Wednesday! We are excited, and nervous! But the school really wants to accommodate her so far. I'm hoping that lasts. And I'm praying it will give her some confidence too. I'm a little concerned about her first day though. Prayers please. I plan on making her a few basic picture cards to take with her to communicate things like, nurse, sick, bathroom, etc.
Family Life: I can see her totally blossoming already! I thinks she is still avoiding English. At least speaking it. But she's understanding it more and more. We have her first English lesson tonight! It's costing a fortune and not sure how many more we will have but I'm hoping it will be a step in the right direction.