Since I was updating, I realized I needed an update here, too.
He is hysterically funny and I have been collecting little tidbits but am currently drawing a blank. (Hey look, excellent excuse to post more often!!!)
The seemingly never-ending series of doctor visits has settled into a predictable routine. A few weeks with none. Then everyone wants to see him at the same time. Surely, this will space out over time.
Generally: He didn't get the "coldy-flu-y-virus" thing the girls and I got. He has grown two inches and gained four pounds since his first visit to the Pediatrician in November.
Eyes: Strabismus, or Lazy Eye, was slowly robbing him of his distance vision and would have taken the eye. Thankfully, a great pediatrician did a basic vision screen in his well check and we are in glasses and patching. This is not a treat for him or for us. He does report that he can see the numbers but not the letters in his school work. Hee. Hee. This is just one example of all the fun of being six that I forgot since my girls were that age.
Hepatitis B: We had him re-tested based on the fact that the pediatrician could not locate his liver by feel. Usually Hep patients livers are slightly larger. Yep, he still has it. The Pediatric Gastroenterologist told us that in 40% of children with congenital Hep B, it disappears. He feels that our son will more than likely be one of these children. We will be screened every six months. This office staff are awful. I thought it could just be me, but I have spoken to another adoptive mom, and she has had difficulty with them too. They are the only game in town.
Cleft Lip and Palate: Surgery is currently scheduled, but may have to be re-scheduled per our insurance and FSA. Of course, photos will be forthcoming. This team is friendly positive and enthusiastic. We are glad to have them. I have never been under general anesthesia, and my husband responds poorly to it. I am
Academics: He could do as much as I could provide. He has whipped through a series of workbooks that are intended to be review. I gave him a really short explanation of multiplication, on the fly, hoping to come back and have a more detailed discussion later. His face lit up like Christmas morning. He required no further explanation. He can read aloud at a higher level than his comprehension. His developmental report said his comprehension is terrible. It really isn't. It is at grade level, while his ability to decode is above grade level. It makes it seem weak, but it is just out of balance. He is just like all the rest of us. He enjoys the easy stuff more than the stuff that makes him slow down and work.
Loves: His Bed, Chicken (can make a leg bone SHINE), Winter Wipeout, video games, American milk, Sunday School, Pastor, Awana (a kid's program at our church), math, baseball, grape slushes.
I guess that says it all.
Looking back over 6 months, I can't help but be amazed.