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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

She's Our Little Blossom

She is blossoming before our eyes. Sofia is doing so well at home with us. These photos were taken this morning. She is already sitting up unassisted after we prop her and she has so many expressions and verbalizations. She LOVES to "talk" and one of my most favorite faces is her "pouty" lips.

We've spend the past two weeks getting into a new routine, visiting friends, going to the doctors office, having blood drawn, getting regional services started, a social security card, getting initial therapy evaluations and doing our first round of PT (physical therapy) and OT (occupational therapy).

Sofia is doing so well and her eating technique from a spoon is almost perfect and soon we will transition to a straw cup from the bottle. This girl LOVES to eat. She can army crawl to get to toys or people. She loves people but I have to say she gets the most excited with her Nana. They have a very special bond already.

We haven't seen many of the specialists yet to clear her heart, ears and eyes but we are investigating the possibility of hypothyroidism. It was the only thing that came back from her labs as a bit off. The second blood test showed normal levels so tomorrow we are off to a third blood draw to see if we can figure her thyroid out. It makes a lot of sense that she may have "hypo"thyroidism...she gains weight easily, is often lethargic and sleepy, she has a hoarse voice and she sweats easily. We'll see what happens and I'm so glad we are on top of this so early so we can get her thyroid functioning properly so she feels her best.

She's a love bug, a snuggle bug and she's OUR bug! We love our little blossom!


  1. Oh my goodness, I could just eat her up!!! She is absolutely adorable and I love the pouty lips too!

    You've gotten a lot done since she's been home. I better get a move on it to keep up with you! ha ha


  2. AND, she has a tan!! Possibly the most important part of adjusting to California life. Oh she is just so gorgeous and sweet. Congratulations!!

  3. She's an angel sent to you from Heaven!

  4. She is just adorable! Her hair looks like it's grown quite a bit since you've been home too. So glad she's adjusting so well to being home.


  5. She is so totally adorable, lovable, I wish I could jump right through my computer screen and give her a big hug.

    So happy to hear she's adjusting so well.

  6. Huh! Really? Hypo-thyroidism? I have been putting off getting Justus' thyroid checked because blood draws on his tiny veins are a nightmare. I just read this and EVERYTHING you just described is my Justus. Easy to sweat. Hoarse voice, etc. Hmmmm ... I guess it's time I take him in to do the deed. :(
    Poor baby ...
    Thanks for the post.

  7. Oh my goodness... LOVE the pouty face!! She is a doll, and you can just see the light in her shining brighter already! Blossoming before your very eyes... MAGIC. God Bless.

  8. Jennifer,
    She's beautiful and she's really blossomed since coming home with you. How blessed you all are to have each other. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. They've brightened my morning.

  9. Jenn, I seriously don't think I will ever be able to look at Sofia without being moved to tears. She is amazing!

    God Bless

  10. Ok seriously....the pouty lip.....these girls MUST have learned this in Ukraine!! Shelly's Evelyn does the same face, so does Zoya, its hillarious! She is just gorgeous :)

    P.S. Thanks for the cute shirt, Zoya is wearing it today :)

  11. LOVE the pics!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  12. She is such a beautiful little girl!!

  13. Love the pouty face. She's adorable!


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