Friday, March 7, 2008

Are you sure it's March?

Yipes. It was zero degrees when we took the boys to school this morning, and tomorrow is supposed to be colder. On the news last night, the weather folks said that if we have 0.3" of snow yet this season, we will break a 118-year-old record for the most snow. Just wanted to include that for future reading, so Anya Rashi will know that her first winter was a doozy!

Anya has been trying out some new words: "die-tah" is diaper, and she is a pro at nodding and saying "yah" for yes. She was saying "uh-oh" if she dropped something, but the boys trained her out of that! One day when I picked them up from school, I told them she could say "uh-oh" and they thought it was so cute, they kept repeating it over and over -- to the extent that now she thinks that's what you say while riding in a mini-van. :o) Many errands are done with her crowing "Uh-oh! Uh-oh!" from the back seat.

Last Friday, she melted our hearts by giving her first on-the-lips kiss to . . . Daddy, of course! She's been blowing kisses for a long time, but had never planted one on before. It's so sweet!

Another heart-warming moment happened yesterday. For the first time, she woke up from her nap and called out "Mama" so I would come and get her. It felt so good to hear that, and to know that she understands I'll be there for her, even when she can't see me.

She's imitating lots of things. The latest: she likes to take a cloth and pretend to scrub the floor, just like Mama. She also offers her hands when it's time to put on mittens, and gets her changing pad and a diaper (or several!) for me when it's time to change her.

It's so good to see how much she takes her new life in stride -- and she hasn't even been home three months. We feel so blessed to have her, and it sure seems like all the prayers people have offered for her smooth adjustment were heard and answered. Thanks, everyone, for supporting us in that vital but unseen way. We love you and appreciate you so much!


Cindy said...

That's great Nancy. It sounds like Anya Rashi is doing FANTASTIC! Luke started calling Mama after his naps also. You just can't describe that feeling until it happens, huh? Kissing? Wow!! Sounds like she has Daddy wrapped just right! I am happy to hear how well she is adjusting and learning to talk. Sorry for the rough winter--we usually have pretty mild winters here in NC. (it's windy today though)

Keep on posting--I love your blog!


The Labontes said...

She looks so great. It continues to amaze me, how resilient and happy these kiddos are! The boys sound like proud big brothers, and I'm sure in the future their lessons for Anya will be even more amusing / disruptive.

Feeling your pain with the snow,

Julie & Patrick said...

Anna is doing just great. It is so good to hear success stories. Her words and actions sound so cute. Stay warm! You guys are having some kind of winter...brrrrr.

Pam said...

I can still remember the first time Micah said Momma. I flew down the hallway into his room. I don't think I've ever moved that fast before. ;o)
It sounds like she is doing wonderfully! I'm so happy for you guys!