Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Week Four

Bella discovers the rocking horse in the attic and the helmets in her room. Eliza is so excited there may be another rider in the family.

Bella's first ice cream. It was a hit.

Life is settling into a new normal. It is a bit less busy in one regard, because taking a two year old out to board meetings just does not work. So my schedule has opened up. Also, lunch with friends at local haunts has been limited because I am trying to keep Bella's nap schedule a little inflexible. Other than that my friends have been wonderful. They meet me for coffee or bring lunch.

Her transition has been seamless. We do talk about the notorious honeymoon period and wonder if we are in one. Some of parenting her is soooo different than parenting our older ones.

1. When she first came home...she would not cry if she fell. We would have encouraged the behavior in the older ones. Not so in her...we made a huge fuss with her and with anyone of the olders that got bumped (comical really). She now comes to us for a kiss on her boo boo. She also cries appropriately when she gets bumped badly.

2. I never allowed the olders to watch videos...and at the time, cars did not have DVD players in them. Now, when driving the olders to their activities....Bella occasionally watches Baby Einstein and Veggie tales. She loves them both. Einstein has helped with word acquisition. She loves the music in Veggie Tales.

3. Oh my goodness, my house is driving me crazy but I am okay with it, for the moment. It is unorganized (check out the drawers in my kitchen) and toys have no home. I am okay with it. This would have made me crazy but for now....I am just enjoying Bella.

4. Each week we try or tackle something new. This week we started a Mommy and Me music class. She was quiet and hung on tight to me but she was taking it all in. After class she sang the songs and did the finger play but during class she appeared uninterested. We are learning about her as much as she is learning about our world. She sits back and observes the "rules of engagement." I am curious to see how much more open she will be next week.




13 comments:

coffeemom said...

She's doing so so well! Gabey didn't cry at all when he got hurt at first....um, he got over that one! ha! She looks so good, more expressive, more relaxed....you're good for her mom!!!!

emily said...

Love seeing her so happy and reading these things about Miss Bella.

Mark and Heidi said...

Seeing her adapt and settle in is so wonderful and touching. Thank you for sharing your progress!

Melodie Monberg said...

Sounds good...it's all such a learning curve isn't it? She is so cute!!!

Melodie

Cindy said...

I love t see her smiling. It warms my heart :)

Sara said...

Sweet as pie that one!

Rahel said...

I love seeing her smile!!!

Sparkz said...

I love the pictures and the huge smiles! Looks like she is a natural rider! :)

Justine said...

They DO sound so similar! Except Meron make a BIG ol' fuss anytime she gets the slightest little scrape. I think she would use it to get attention in the care center. They are so smart, aren't they? And, yes, I too am at home everyday from 12-3pm. Whenever I have tweaked the nap schedule, look out!

Bella's hair is amazing! Time for a post on your hair tips.

Kristi J said...

wow..she reminds me so much of LL..she looks like a toddler version of her :) too cute, kristi

J, A, T and Y said...

Cute, cute pics!!!!

Sparkz said...

Just checking in on how you guys are doing, hoping for some new pictures, and to hear some updates?!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Just looking back at your journey - oh my word she is SO cute!!!