March is a month of anniversaries for Tatiana and I. I can’t believe that it was a year ago this week that I was back in Vladivostok, reunited with the little Russian Princess and sitting in a Russian court room to be named the new mother of this wonderful little girl.
This week my normally VERY healthy little tot has had a yucky tummy. I hesitate to say this out loud for fear of jinxing our string of good luck – but honestly since Tatiana has been home, she’s literally not had any major sickness beyond a stuffy nose.
The stuffy nose is back – likely mama suspect the culprit of seasonal allergies (weather change! bring on spring!). I was giving her a chewable immune booster for kids over two and it seems that Wednesday the immune booster decided to make a re-appearance – ALL NIGHT. The poor thing got going and couldn’t keep a thing down Wednesday night.
I can hear you all now… “Amy, this is thrilling and all, but I honestly have better things to do than read about puke”. So why am I telling you this? We also had a major learning for Miss T this week, that only took her a year!
When she wasn’t feeling well, I moved her bedtime up a little bit that night. After she was in bed, she decided she wanted some water to drink (a nightly routine for her) – but since she had literally not kept a THING down, mama was nervous to give her the water. I asked her if she wanted to come out and sit with mama and rock/snuggle. She agreed.
Rocking and snuggling are not new for T – she’ll do it and has been doing it for a bit now. However, the big learning came after the rocking/snuggling when I put her back to bed. 5 minutes later I was being summoned to the bedroom with calls for “mama!”. When asked what was wrong – Tati says “I want to rock…”
1 year to the date of court and the girl is asking for rocking and snuggling. I am not only pleased that she now is openly asking for this – but I am also pleased that she has learned how to potentially draw out her bedtime! I know that sounds backwards, but, it’s a milestone for her!
It’s amazing to think of the changes in her over the last year. Some of the more visible are apparent in the picture below – taken the day after court last year (3/11/09).