Tatiana: We are soon crossing the BIG 3 year anniversary! 3 years ago I was in Russia, impatiently awaiting my court appointment to adopt my sweet girl. Lots of anniversaries on the horizon with Gotcha day and our home forever day as well. Last weekend we finished Tatiana's home study chain. When I contacted my social worker to schedule a date, she thought I was only talking about Alex because she said she felt like Tatiana had been home "forever" -- I have to agree!
In other Tati news, she had dentist appointment this week to begin fixing her "grey tooth". Almost 3 years ago she was kicked in the tooth by a very excited friend of the family. Slowly over time the root of her tooth died due to the kick and her tooth turned grey. The dentist watched it over time and was afraid with a dead root that the tooth would become infected. Since it's a baby tooth, I figured we'd just wait until it feel out naturally. However, the dentist warned that if it got infected, it could affect the nerves of the adult tooth and based on her x rays, he thought the adult teeth were still a year and a half off. I was VERY nervous to have her undergo work on the tooth as I didn't want her growing up hating the dentist as much as I did (heck, still do). He assured me that since her tooth was dead, she wouldn't even need Novocaine. I was still leery but guess what. She did perfectly. She told me after that she was a little scared, but it didn't hurt. The tooth is already MUCH lighter and she LOVES it. She jumped out of the dentist chair and said "Oh, thank you, thank you!".
|A good recent "before" shot of the grey tooth.|
Alex: Alex probably has the least to report this week. While we did Tati's 3 year post placement report, we also took care of his 1 year post placement report. Hard to believe that his court date anniversary is right around the corner as well! This year has FLOWN by.
He desperately wants to talk. Words are coming more and more each day. Some day soon I regret wanting him to talk so much -- he's a motor mouth already!
Mama: Even though the first quarter is usually our slow period, work has been busy. Thankfully my business is off to a strong start, so here's to hoping for a great year.
On top of work, my mother and I purchased a little house here in our town for a rental house. The bones of the house were great - it's a OLD house but was in really good shape. After some face lift work, the renters moved in last week. It looks great. Here's a link to some before and after pictures.
Now we're all in a major countdown to Spring Break. Even though our winter hasn't been nearly as cold or snowy as usual, we're all ready for some warm weather. In the meantime, Tati & Alex have been getting their energy out in their new "jump-o-lene". Highly recommended!
|Too cool! A HUGE hit!|
Happy ALMOST Spring!