Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Miss Nattles

Hmmmm, what is there to say about Miss Nattles?  She is such a character, I hardly know
where to begin.   
She is an absolute monkey when it comes to crawling.
 She loves food and shows it by squealing when one of us sets her bowl of food in front of her.
However, she still will not chew, but enjoys a wider variety of foods and
textures than she did two months ago.
She is beginning feeding therapy in two weeks.  Hopefully we can teach her to chew and stop her from pocketing food in the roof of her mouth.   I am even going to ask how I can get Miss Nattles to take a bigger role in feeding herself because currently she still does not want to hold her bottle or touch a spoon.  Makes me wonder if they restricted her from touching her bottle in the orphanage.
Natalie is adored by all of her siblings.  One of her big sisters thought it would be cute to paint her little fingernails.  Natalie loves looking at them!
Natalie is making more and more noise.  She has found her voice.  I think she amuses herself with all of the "ooohhhhs and aaaaahhhhhs".

 This is Natalie's way of telling us that she is done taking pictures.
This is one of Natalie's beautiful smiles.  She doesn't make a lot of eye contact but she sure can light up a room with her smile.
Now that the weather is warmer, we are spending more time outside.  Natalie loves it, except for the grass.  She will get in her bear crawl position and not move, touching as little of the grass as she can.  It is so cute!
Miss Nattles got her glasses last week.  Oliver pulled them off and bent one of the temples within the first 15 minutes of her wearing them, but now he knows not to pull them off her face.  And surprisingly, Natalie doesn't grab at them much either.
She looks so adorable in them! 
These past few months have flown by.  Natalie's transition into our family has been slow coming, but I can truthfully say now that we are all doing well.   She sleeps through the night after 3 1/2 months-- enough said! :)
Natalie has seen many specialists including an international adoption doctor who diagnosed Natalie with autism.  At this point, the diagnosis answers so many questions (I remember some of you mentioned it in the comments section) but of course, I would love for him to be wrong.  Truthfully, only time will tell.  And if he isn't wrong, then he isn't, and we will
continue to love our sweet pea just like we do now.


  1. She is adorable... Christine, when you start feeding therapy with Natalie, will you please post in detail what you are doing? I have a son with DS and severe feeding issues (and I suspect autism too) and feeding therapy isn't available to us... I would love to "ride along" with you... Thank you!
    Anna (UK)

  2. I'm so glad to read an update about your beautiful new little girl ! I've been thinking and praying of you often these last few weeks :)
    How is high school going for your big girls ?
    God bless you,

  3. She is a beautiful little flower just starting to unfurl.
    I love her little glasses.

  4. I am glad she is adjusting. Remember Autism is a spectrum disorder. Even if there are right it will take time to figure out how it effects her.

  5. That is right about the autism. Autistic children are like snowflakes.....no 2 are the same. She is just so lovely and has come so far in such a short time it seems to me. You and your family are amazing. She is double cute in her little glasses :-)

    Marilyn from Canada

  6. There is a variant of autism called "institutional autism". Essentially the same thing but I've read varying reports of some kids having dramatic turnarounds.

  7. I can hardly stand that crying picture - I want to kiss her sweet face so much!


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