Since this is my third attempt at writing this simple post, I guess I’ll have to be short on words and heavy on the pictures. :)
Life with two toddlers in the house who are just getting to know each other is busy, as we guessed it would be.
So far, the “psuedo-twins” are getting along well, riding their Fisher-Price trikes through the house and chasing each other.
We have started calling Selah, “Selah AiJing.” She is responding to her new name when called. She has had a few episodes of grieving. During those times, she does not want to be held, looked at, or talked to. If we try to intervene or pick her up, she screams louder. So we’ve been giving her some space and after several minutes, distract her with a toy or talk to her softly. Then she wants to be held, but remains very quiet. There is a faraway look in her eyes that haunts me. It’s unnerving to me that we will never know what her early years were truly like. We can’t change her past. We can only hope to be healing agents for her future.
We are so blessed with older kids who are compassionate. Selah is getting a lot of special attention from her siblings and she laughs out loud at their antics. She loves to wrestle with Elijah, and is still getting to know Isaac. She sat by Stephen and watched a cartoon today – yet just this morning still wanted nothing to do with him. Faith and Hannah painted her fingernails and toenails yesterday – Selah loved it! She is definitely a girly-girl. Today, she carried around an old powder compact and a brush and kept “applying” her makeup. :)
Here are some pictures of our first Monday at home. My living room is a mess and I don’t care! :) Toys are strewn everywhere – but it has kept Seth and Selah busy for hours, and I’m convinced their playtime is therapeutic for the both of them.