Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I'm so sorry!!

I really used to hate it when people came home from China and then apparently fell off the face of the earth. Well now I know why they do. Life is crazy!! Jillian is just an extra bonus to the craziness, but crazy it is. Things are going very well here. She is sleeping through the night, (most nights), and is adjusting beautifully!! We are back at work, church, school, etc. I am finding myself fairly emotionally exhausted, but physically, I seem to be ok. I am still full of uncertainties with Jillian. She is clearly around the other 3 children every afternoon and evening, so I cannot have different rules, but yet, I can't discipline her yet the way I do the other 3. I am trying to walk the fine line of discipline/bonding still. I'm not sure how long it will take me to feel comfortable, but I'm not there yet. Don't get me wrong...she has had her share of 'NO's, but I still question myself when I do it.

The pediatrician was very pleased with her progress. She is small, but we felt very accomplished yesterday, when she fit into a 12 month outfit. That's only 1 size behind. Madison was 1 size behind for most of her life. In fact, she still is....actually 2 sizes in most items. Once again, Jillian fits just fine in our family!! LOL!! She has yesterday started with the runny nose/cough. Living in Louisiana, weather is in question everyday. We go from hot to cold, then cold to hot. Chandler has terrible allergies, and I'm wondering if she might be following in his footsteps. It is prime time for runny noses, and I suppose she's no different, regardless of where she's from.

Yesterday we finally went and got her blood work done. I had been procrastinating dreading the finger prick. Well, if I had known what it was really going to be like, I don't know that I would have taken her at all!!! When I got there, they were laughing about how many tests the dr. ordered for her. I thought they were kidding. Not. They pulled her sleeve up, tied off her arm, and began searching for a vein. It was horrible. Then, they missed, prodded around, decided to stop, take a break, and try again. HORRIBLE!!!! Finally, they got a vein, drew a couple of things of blood, and let us leave. Jillian did much better than I expected...she screamed but then was laughing in the car on our way to get her some food. She then ate like a raging maniac!! I have no idea if that had anything to do with the blood that was taken, but she acted ravenous!!! Crazy!!

I will do everything I can to post more often! I don't think I have the new pictures on my computer, but I will post them as soon as I download them. Again, I'm sorry for not posting sooner!!