April 7, 2010

Legally Janissa

Today, April 7, was Janissa's readoption day.  My Mom and older sister accompanied us to the courthouse and we waited 2 hours until we were finally called in.  Janissa was great the entire time and made friends with everyone else who was waiting.  She is now legally Janissa Miriam and an official U.S. Citizen!

April 3, 2010

Home 9 Months

What a busy 3 months it's been.  Janissa has been in and out of the doctors office.  She's been to Urgent Care once and the Emergency Room twice.  She's had two x-rays, a steroid shot, and been on so many medications that I've lost track.  The latest diagnosis is Chronic Asthma; however, I'm not convinced.  I plan on taking her to an International Adoption Specialist who I've heard does a very thorough examination.  She came home with this congestion and has only been free of it a few weeks last Summer.  She has an inhaler and a nebulizer and neither seems to give her any relief.  Fortunately, she doesn't let any of this get her down.  Her spirits are always high.  She is very happy and very active.

She started daycare the first of the year.  The first week was really hard on me.  I cried every time I left her.  The second week was hard on her.  She cried every time I left her.  The third week she got really sick (see above) running a temperature of 103.5.  My parents watched her for me for 4 days.  When I brought her back to daycare on Friday she realized she had missed all her little friends and was so happy to be back there with them.  She's loved it ever since.  They recently separated the toddlers from the infants (too many infants), so now Janissa and 5 little boys are in a class all to themselves.  She loves it because she gets to play in the big yard with the 2 and 3 year olds.  When she turns 2 in May she will be moved to yet another classroom, but I think she will like it. 

By the time we get home in the evenings there is only enough time to feed her and clean her up before she falls asleep.  I now find myself really looking forward to our weekends when I get to spend some quality time with her.  We usually visit family and friends.  We have a couple of Easter Egg Hunts coming up with the Adoptive Mom's Group and Church.  She will love that.  Her re-adoption hearing is coming up as well.

She is really into her "babies" lately.  We have one in the car, a few downstairs and several upstairs.  She can't do anything without her baby.  She loves to take their clothes off, wrap them in blankets, and give them their medicine and breathing treatments.  I got her a little stroller to push them in and it is now her favorite thing to do.

Her favorite song is "The Wheels on the Bus".  I'm a little tired of it - I might have to accidentally lose the CD for awhile.  That won't be the first time something has gotten "lost".  :-)  She has an unlimited vocabulary and she's not even 2 yet.  I am constantly amazed at what she says and does.  I can actually have a conversation with her!  I could go on and on about the cute things she says, but I know you are all just dying to see pictures, so . . .  

Here is a video of my 33" tall, 27 lb. bundle of joy!