I truly can't believe it. The past year has flown by, and yet they have seem like they have been with us forever. I can't even begin to really talk about everything that has happened in this first year. I can only be so thankful for how well-adjusted the kids are. And how healthy everyone is.
Here is a picture of Kembia 3 days after she got home.
I remember putting her next to the formula can to help gauge her size. At one year of age, she was 13 pounds and 23 inches tall. She came home with a severe umbilical hernia, as well as diastasis rectii, both of which she still has, although they have gotten much better. She had a terrible case of lice, so bad that they ended up cutting off all her hair. She had so little muscle tone that she could do the splits with her legs sticking out to the sides. She could crawl, and amazingly, in therapy they only judged her to be a couple of months behind her age.
And here she is today, one year later:
No time for smiling with crackers in the mouth! Now she weights 24 pounds and is 29 inches tall. She is happy, and sweet, and I must say, my hands down most dramatic child.
Here is a picture of Moyz in DRC:
He came home at 19 pounds and about 27 inches. He had severe eczema, scabies, and impetigo. In therapy, they found that he was about 6 months behind where he was supposed to be. He could sit, but that was about it, if he fell over he would just lay there and could not right himself. We spent the first 4 months just getting him to trust us, and had to trick him to look us in the eye by looking into mirrors.
And here he is today:
Again with the crackers in his mouth. And he is looking down at Truitt who was desperately trying to crawl out of my lap and into the picture. Now he is 31 pounds and 34.5 inches tall. He is very sweet, a total lover, but doesn't always realize how much bigger he is then Kembia and Truitt. His attachment has gone so great after the initial 4 months. When we came back from Montana, he realized that we had been gone and wanted to sit on my lap all day, but then back to his regular schedule and personality. It was so exciting to see.
And here they are together:
Have you ever seen such adorable kids? (Hint: the correct answer is no!)
Our house is CRAZY, and filled with complete chaos, but we honestly wouldn't have it any other way.