- Hope is potty trained. 3 full days with no accidents and 5 full nights with dry pull-ups.
- Hope is very manipulative. She is ALWAYS watching for our reaction. If her lower lip vibrates, it is a sure sign the crying is fake. She deliberately knocks over drinks, dumps out food, and takes other people’s property after making sure I am watching.
- All her rages are fueled by fear. Fear of abandonment tops the list.
- Yesterday, I gave Hope and GB a snack after school. Hope finished first and left the kitchen. As soon as she left the kitchen, she started screaming, “Mommy where are you? Mommy come here”
- She can not do anything unless either the Dad, GB or I are within 4 feet of her. She needs us to use the toilet, brush her teeth, get dressed, eat or play. The good news (?) is that she does each of these activities completely independently and doesn’t physically need help.
- As long as somebody is close enough, she can play independently for long stretches of time.
|Hope is good at building!|
|Hope also likes getting her picture taken!|
- We made her a picture book chronicling her adoption; no words, just pictures. She looks at it frequently, but so far has had no interest in talking about it.
- Hope still insists I am mean and ugly and her Texas mom is dead. I have a meeting with her therapist at school set up for right after her CSE meeting Tuesday.
- GB is off to a Mets’ game with her Dad, so Hope and I have the whole afternoon/ evening together 🙂
- Corey was right about the sexual acting out- Hope diddles herself in the living room. We are stressing privacy. We have never let the two girls out of our sight, so that is not an issue.