Here are some photos by Nick (of course).
Emma is doing amazingly well. I cannot even begin to express to you the changes we are seeing in Emma’s life already! She is becoming increasingly comfortable in our home and with our family. She is affectionate and tender. She love to cuddle first thing in the morning and right after nap time. She doesn’t like to eat breakfast until she has had her snuggle time in! She runs to daddy along with Aiden and Elia when he gets home from work and eagerly waits her turn to be tossed in the air or wrestle daddy to the ground.
Our completely non-verbal girl is beginning to babble, “baby talk” I would call it, but she is trying to communicate with sounds! I don’t think it will be long before her first words come.
She is learning to ask for things when she has a need, or is frightened instead of self-placating with rocking and moaning. She still rocks/moans when she is confused, worried, or upset from time to time, but more and more she is learning other ways to communicate and the rocking/moaning is decreasing. We have worked through this with her by stopping the behavior and showing her appropriate ways to express her need. For example, if she gets hurt, she has typically dropped to the floor to rock/moan. We have shown her that we want to hold her when she gets hurt and we respond by picking her up and kissing the boo boo and rocking her. She is already beginning to come to me now when she is hurt instead of dealing with it alone.
And once again Emma is teaching us that so often we do the same. We self-placate, self-medicate. We attempt to deal with our worry, fear, anger, and pain alone; when all the while we are avoiding the true Comforter, whose arms area always open, whose ear is always ready to listen, and whose strength is always there to bear the burden.
“Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laiden and I will give you rest.”