Besides the severe tantrums that I mentioned in another post, the girls are having other adoption-related behavioral issues specifically with food and regression.
One of their regression behaviors (which is not
challenging or an issue) is extremely interesting to witness. When either of the girls lay flat on
their back with me sitting right next to them, they lift up their legs, knees bent,
and gently kick. Their arms make sudden jerky movements. And they
typically make cooing noises and smile. I am automatically reminded of
an infant responding to their mama's affections. Though the girls
frequently see babies, they are usually in carriers or strollers and
never in a completely prone position. So it doesn't feel to me that
they are copying a behavior they have seen recently. It feels like they need to be babies again, if only for a few minutes.
I read all through your blog....as a mom who has adopted three kids....two from Ethiopia, both with IAN...this is hard! You inspire me!ReplyDelete
One of our little kiddos still loves being the baby too. I can't help but think that it's because he missed out on so much at that age. I keep reminding myself, "high nuture, high structure"-it's the best advice I've ever been given!ReplyDelete