So our girl has been home a month and adjusting extremely well. We have had our trying moments but they a few and far between and don’t last long at all. I tell you what she is a very resilient girl. She has learned so much English and prefers to speak it over Russian at home. When she is around strangers she suddenly doesn’t remember English. She started school last week and gets to ride the bus. At first she wasn’t very thrilled with the idea but now she looks forward to it. She is taken out of class to meet with her ESL teacher. Both of her teachers are very impressed with her progress. She also loves going to church. One thing we gave learned is that she definitely doesn’t like being the center of attention and quit honestly I don’t blame her. She doesn’t understand why people are so fascinated with her because in her young innocent eyes she is just a regular girl. She really loves playing with her brothers and our friends kids but she gets uncomfortable around other kids unless they are babies. I’ve also noticed she is partial to boys because at the orphanage she was surrounded around the boys who protected her. She loves babies! Today was finally a super nice day so all three of my babies were so excited to get to play outside. At first Julie was apprehensive because of all the kids outside playing. I told her it was ok and that I would be with her the whole time. At some points several of the neighborhood kids would be in our driveway and she would get overwhelmed and go inside for a moment but then she would come back out because she wanted to ride her scooter. Tonight after her shower we sat to cuddle and so she could tell me about her day. I asked how she liked riding her scooter and playing outside and she said lived it and wanted to do it again tomorrow. I told her as long as it was warm enough then we would. She then went on to say that she didn’t like all of the kids being in our driveway or the kids that would just look at her. She asked why they couldn’t just play in their own driveways. She’s just not ready for all of the chaos of all of the neighborhood kids. Again, I can’t say I blame her.
Julie’s First Day of School