When the girls came into our home 19 months ago our biggest challenge was Emma. Her hours long tantrums were too much for their previous adoptive placement. We were the 7th placement for the girls.
A little more than 6 months into their placement the tantrums started to decline and today are nonexistent. She definitely had attachment issues but she was growing. We could see change in her.
Our concern then became Michelle. Her defiance, lying, anger and manipulative ways came to the forefront once the distractions of the tantrums from her sister dissipated. Our therapist said that no improvements could be made until we had finalization.
We hope that now that we have finalization that Michelle can learn some new positive behaviors. We know this will take time. The immediate reaction has been more testing.
Emma seemed oblivious to the adoption. Not too long ago we were discussing the upcoming adoption and she said that she thought that she was already adopted. We didn't expect that the adoption would have a big impact on her.
Her reaction to the adoption was immediate. She has started to seek me out. She wants to sit next to me and read to me. She wants me to do her hair, help put on her shoes, help her with her swimsuit...things she has always done for herself. We didn't expect this. It is so apparent that everyone in the house sees the change. It was so unexpected. A good unexpected and I am loving it!
Today is dance recital day, I have to go and write out the dress rehearsal schedule and get girls hair ready. So enjoy pictures from Emma's photo shoot day.