Someone asked me the other day if we have seen improvements in our kids since they have entered our home. She asked because to her it seemed like we were barely making it through our days when the kids first arrived. And she was right. And we have seen improvements....drastic improvements. Here are some of the biggest:
Speech: When they first came all three of the kids main form of communication was to point and grunt. While we still have this happen at times, particularly after hard visits. The kids are using there words not only to get what they need from us but to have conversations, to let their desires be known, and to talk others outside of our family. This is particularly huge for Little Man who was only saying a handful of words after a month of living with us. Now he speaks in full sentences with us and will occasionally converse with those he doesn't know.
Socially: Going to a store the first time was awful. It's still not the thrill of our lives but the kids can make it through a shopping trip with out too much drama and usually walking on their own. They are also interacting with adults and peers better. They can function socially. It's fun to see them make connections with others.