Ian has had many firsts over the few short 3 weeks we’ve been home! It has been so much fun – meeting the first of many cousins, first Beach vacation, saw his first baseball game, swimming and tubing at a lake outing, digging in the backyard with his new brother, playing dress up as a family, roasting marshmellows (which he didn’t eat), swimming at the neighborhood pool, playing WII…..and so much more! When he first came, he was very afraid of dogs. I had known that he was bitten when he was young and was very afraid of them, and was a little concerned about how he would take to our dog Rexi. It only took a matter of about 2 days, and now they are best buds! He also gives lots of love to the kittens we have (who also need a good home – anyone?! ).
I would say, that overall, Ian has been transitioning really well into family life. He seems to have a good intuitive sense and is understanding so much English already! I think that he will be speaking fluently within a few months! The other kids are having fun “babying” him and Ian eats it up! I think there is lots of “babying” to make for! There are power struggles (who’s really the boss here), but only one real major meltdown which was over the introduction of the household chore chart. It became pretty evident early on that Ian felt that if he whined enough, he could get his way. I’m happy to say we’ve pretty much nipped that one in the butt already (well, getting there!). A big one for Ian is whether everything is “fair”. I can just hear the first phrase to come out of his mouth to be …”but it’s not fair”! He’s always worried that someone got or did something that he didn’t do. We understand that this likely from his background, but it sure is annoying at times. The hardest part for me is managing the dynamics at home between Ian and our bio kids. Some of the honeymoon phase has worn off and the kids are feeling a power struggle over my time and attention. The transition is tough, and I feel stretched thin, but I know that we will work through it all with time, love, patience, and God on our side!
I have been doing a little homeschooling with Ian at home, but he can’t wait to go to real school. In this picture, he got all dressed up and put on his backpack to get ready for school!
I’ll try to update more frequently…thanks for continued prayers!