Colin Starts Month 5 in the U.S.A.

3 May

Last Saturday, we had our first post-placement report visit (Russia requires 4 over the next couple of years). We shared how we felt Colin is doing in attaching to us and his developmental growth, et al.  Russia has a certain template for how the post-placement report must be done and certain information must be provided.  It must be notarized and apostilled.The report must include picture pages (6 – 8 pics with at least one of Colin with both of us) and 3 sets of copies. We have to pay a set fee for it to be translated into Russian, a fee recently instituted by our agency.  Our agency forwards it to Russia to be translated into Russia and then be notarized and submitted to Russian officials. 

In our post-placement report, we share Colin’s newest measurements from his two-year check-up with his pediatrician.  Colin is still at the weight he was at in December.  This was a little disappointing for us but the pediatrician was not concerned and reassured us because he has grown over an inch in height.  Colin is now 33 inches tall.  His head circumference has also increased. He is wearing 18 months in shirts and 12 and 18 months in pants. The pediatrician gave us a couple of suggestions for helping him to gain weight.  She recommended giving him bread with olive oil for dipping.  She also recommended giving him whole milk with Carnation Instant Breakfast added to it.  We found some no-sugar added generic version of the breakfast powder and have started giving it to him daily.  Colin has had not been as big of a fan of the bread and oil, though. 

We feel that Colin continues to make cognitive gains and grow developmentally.  He is doing well with completing peg puzzles and is now able to play appropriately with toys.  His vocabulary is growing and we feel like his comprehension of English is terrific now.  He still is not talking in sentences consistently.  He does like to tell the dog, “Stop, dog! Stop” and “Go, Dog! Go” and he is doing better with answering our simple questions.  He is learning how to help more and he is enjoying checking the trees outside.  He has tried riding a tricycle and we hope he will soon do better with using the pedals to “Go! Go! Go!”  He still loves his books and he also enjoys music.

This spring Colin had his first professional hair cut in America.  We decided to go to a place that specializes in children’s hair cuts because he can be so wiggly.  We also wanted it to be a positive experience.  He did great!  Sitting in a pretend yellow jeep and blowing bubbles also helped to make the experience enjoyable 🙂

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Now if I could get him to do as well with his diaper changes…seriously, Colin still has at least one or more diaper changes a day that he cries or kicks or screams during…He is better than he was, but there is still room for improvement.  We had no trouble during diaper changes while still in Russia.  Once we settled in back in the U.S. is when Colin starting having problems during some of his diaper changes.  We are still using cloth diapers.  We prefer them over disposable due to Colin’s sensitive skin and because they are cuter and easier and cheaper in the long run…The diapers we use are from Green Acres Designs and are pocket diapers which means we just put 1 or 2 inserts in each diaper (depending on whether it is for overnight, nap or just every day use).  Colin also sits on the potty once a day (after his bath) and usually is successful.

    DSC00500_cropped No, he doesn’t usually wear his diapers on his head but sometimes he plays with his clean “fancy pants!” Here he is playing while only wearing his diaper.IMG_1756_cropped


3 Responses to “Colin Starts Month 5 in the U.S.A.”

  1. Amanda McCaleb May 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Can’t get enough of the pictures and updates…thanks for doing it as I know how busy life with a toddler is! I truly rejoice in the Lord every time I see him. What a blessing!

  2. Julie E May 5, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    What cute pictures! Love his haircut! Can’t believe you have been home 5 months, has it just flown by?

  3. Kristine May 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    He is such a beautiful boy. It sounds like things are going really well. Very happy for you all!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!!!


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