Jian lost a tooth
We had the visit with our post adoption social worker Friday, and it went very well. She feels that Jian is right on track and where she would expect her to be at this point. She said that the fact that Jian is uncomfortable around strangers is actually a good thing and much better than if she were indiscriminately running up to greet everyone she sees. She asked us how many English words Jian is saying now, and as I listed them, I was surprised at how many. She has started spontaneously saying Thank You, You’re Welcome, Excuse Me, and my favorite, Oh My Goodness!
This weekend I had (very unwisely) scheduled for us to go out of town so that I could attend the course to obtain my Level 1 Crossfit Certification. At the time that I scheduled it, I thought it would be a good idea since I am not working this summer, but if I had it to do over, I would have rethought the timing. The night before we left, Daniel started feeling sick. All weekend he had a fever and felt horribly. We made it through, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have attended the weekend course. I am so passionate about learning and teaching techniques to obtain wellness and fitness. I don’t really know where this road will take me, but this past year has taught me that you don’t have to see the finish line before taking the first step.
We drove back home late and in the pouring rain. Jian became carsick and threw up all over the back seat. Today was scheduled to be Daniel’s first day back to work. He went drenched in sweat and left after a couple of hours to go to the doctor. He has pneumonia! He was there long enough to receive the most thoughtful gifts from his coworkers including gift certificates to the zoo, McWayne Center, and a photography session. I took Jian swimming this afternoon so that he could rest. If you know me really well, you know that swimming is possibly the thing that I have feared most for my entire life. My philosophy is to dive head first into any weaknesses or fears and to overcome them, and this time I did that literally. About a month before we left for China, I knew that swimming would be good therapy for Jian’s legs and I wanted to feel comfortable taking her. So I signed up for private adult swim lessons. I still have a few to attend, but I was so proud of myself today. I don’t think she has a clue that 2 months ago I was terrified to put my face in water.
At dinner tonight, Jian was eating corn on the cob. About half way through, she got a weird look on her face and said she didn’t want to eat any more. When I questioned her, she opened her hand and was holding her front tooth! We celebrated and took a picture. Luckily I had thought of this before leaving for China and bought her a little box that we decorated together that holds her tooth pillow. I know she is going to roll her eyes and laugh in the morning. I don’t really have the language to go into explaining the Tooth Fairy. And she knows that the Tooth Fairy didn’t find her when she lost her first 3 teeth. This will be a subtle lesson to teach her that no matter what has or hasn’t happened in the past, we can still enjoy the Present.