Thursday, December 2, 2010

Progress report... and the power of love!

We just had our assessment with the Children's Rehabilitation Team and Annabelle passed with flying colors!! We were being overcautious and had requested an assessment to make sure that she was on track and to basically throw away that old medical report. We are delighted to report that Annabelle is exactly where she should be for her age.. no delays (not a big surprise.. she's been amazing us from the start) and is even advanced for her age. She is now even catching up on the infamous growth chart...went from -3% to 25%....a big deal for such a tiny little person!

Isn't love just amazing! Give a child love, attention, support and they will just amaze you. The Baby House in Petro was inspiring in so many ways, but like its director, Dr. Rhimma, explained to us.."They do their best... but it's not like being loved by your family". In the last few weeks, Sven and I have been reminiscing quite a bit about our trip and looking at the photographs and videos of Anna and are amazed at the changes. Annabelle is just so eager to learn. It's heartwarming to see her clapping her hands with excitement every time she pronounces a new word in French. I have also concluded that French may be a difficult language to learn...I think that Sven would agree ;0)) I have to give kuddos to my dear husband here... He undertook to speak only French to both kids (no easy task) and has amazed me by sticking it out. Annabelle's language abilities are in a way a testament to his hard work as well. Bravo Papa!!

Our only complaint... she's lost the "Da!" that Sven and I so loved to hear. It's now been replaced with "oui, oui".

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