Eli's tonsils came out May 6th and for the last 2 nights he's been sleeping through the night and not taking any pain meds. Now all we have to do is get him to eat more to add some weight to his ever growing body. I'm not kidding, either. He's grown another .5" since March!
I also have to give a shout out to my honey. We celebrated our 7 year anniversary on May 10, and in March we celebrated 11 years of friendship. I've dubbed this our 7-11 year :) On May 21st, we're dropping Eli off with my parents and spending the weekend at a bed and breakfast nearby. Our first weekend getaway! I'm planning on letting my sister in law have Eli for a night or two in August so Dave and I can go on another getaway. I'm really looking forward to it!
The other big news is that Eli is starting school on Monday! He's been going through some testing to assess where he is in his development. He's scored anywhere between 2-4 years! The teachers tried to encourage me with his development, but I told them he's exceeded any expectations I had for him this first year. His intellectual level is the highest score, putting him almost caught up for his age group. Pretty amazing! We have some gross motor skills to work on, so I'm going to enroll him in swimming and a sports clinic this summer. He's REALLY in to hockey because of my husband. Every night Eli says "Hockey Papa home." The program we've decided on is for more active physically challenged kids. He's going to get speech, OT, and PT. They said that they expect him to be ready for kindergarten in a year. Wow.
His independance is still expanding. He's scooting himself out of the Jeep and closing the door. He can also UNBUTTON!!! This is HUGE! Even in this month of nicer outside weather, I've noticed a major change in him. He also went inside a building at the zoo. We looked at the reptiles. His ability to accept new things is getting pretty normal.
I've also noticed a pretty big change in me over the last year. It's been a struggle to adapt to an active 3 year old, but I feel like I've got things in control now adays. Dave was out of town two days this week and Eli and I had a blast. We did finger painting, water coloring, drawing, watched movies, went to the mall play area...we were busy. And I had a great time, although I was quite happy to have a break when Dave got home.
I'd also ask for prayer. We're in the process of deciding on what to do to expand our family. When we decided on adopting from Ukraine, we knew that was the plan God had for us. But this time it's different. We've searchd several avenues, but nothing shouts "this is it". I'm not sure if it's the feel of a second adoption or if God is saying "wait". I think until we both feel secure in a decision we're going to wait. And I think the biggest reason to wait is that neither of us feels the need to get going right now. And so, we wait again :)