Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Faces of L




But usually photos of L turn out like this:
Or this:

I would have been in big trouble during the olden/film-canister days.  Digital cameras sure make it easier to get decent kid/pet shots. 

We are almost at our six months home milestone, and it has been more than six months since we became parents in China.  Hard to believe. 

Things continue to continue.  We are in a good rhythm and L seems generally pretty happy and easygoing.  He has significant hearing loss due to past infections, which was upsetting for sure;  however, it doesn't look like it's permanent loss so we may be able to find some solutions in the near future, which will include hearing aids and surgery.  I'm hoping this helps his speech--while he is picking up English quickly, he is darned difficult to understand.  And at the same time, having our little guy under general anasthesia is just terrifying.  So we'll see what happens. 

L is officially signed up for preschool in the fall!  I'm so excited, as I think he'll enjoy it, get a lot out of it and will love the social scene.  It's only 2 mornings a week so we will still have lots of time together.  We are currently attending a Mommy 'n Me version of the class one morning a week, which has been great.  Same classroom, same teachers, same general setup as what he'll experience in the fall, but he gets to figure it all out with me right there.  I think (hope) it will help with the transition in September.  His current obsessions are the space shuttle and trains and his classroom has pretty nice versions of both,so that's been a huge hit.  He has little to no interest in arts and crafts, but loves the sensory table, playing outside, trains, cars, books, and puzzles.  It's a little shocking to us, who have a theater, film and art degree between us.  But he's his own person for sure, and is blazing his own trail. 

Other than that, nothing much new round these parts.  L continues to be smart, silly, hilarious and engaging. We can't imagine our lives without him.


  1. He is adorable. Looks like he's learning how to identify emotions--love the faces. Sounds like things are going well!

  2. I think the preschool idea is great--it's awesome they have the transition phase too. I don't have our kids in preschool yet but we are desperate to find one and start--having an in home nanny is great and has a lot of perks but our kiddos are ready to be with other kids besides each other :)
    He is super cute!

  3. Looks like you have quite the little actor there! Great expressive faces.

  4. LOVE the faces!!!

    He and the little guy I watch 3 or 4 days a week would get along great - trains and space (shuttles, meteors, planets you name it) are all the rage! I have played more space and train games of late than I ever have in my life. Check out the NASA website, they have videos!

    Sorry to hear about his hearing, but glad to know that there may be solutions. Some simple sign language may help for the interim. I remember how completely frustrated my daughter would get when I could not understand what she was saying. My forever phrase was "I need more information.." in order to get her to tell me more completely what she wanted me to know. It was so hard!!
    I love that the preschool has mama and me classes - a great intro to starting school. Yay for all of you.

    Thinking of you as you head into Spring. Thanks for the update.

  5. He is really cute, love the faces. Hoping things work out with his hearing, keep us posted. -Shannon

  6. I love all of his faces! And boy, are you right about the digital camera - it is so wonderful that we can just keep taking shots until we get good ones. What did our parents do?! (I guess they got a bunch of bad photos.)

    I'm so sorry to hear (no pun intended) about the hearing loss. That must be incredibly upsetting to you. I'm glad to hear, though, that there are some things that can be done to hopefully improve things. Poor little guy.

    Hooray on the preschool selection! The Mommy-n-Me version sounds absolutely wonderful and a perfect way to make the transition.

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