Thursday, July 31, 2008


Mia Hope Yudan will be home with her family for ONE YEAR on September 3, 2008! I am already planning and thinking ~ I want to make that day a special one, of course. I would love to make a video of her first year home (not sure if I can accomplish that...), I have to pick out her first "gift" from China (we picked out about 17 gifts while in China to give to Mia on these "anniversaries") for her first family day.

Since our 12 month "anniversary" is just about here we had our last post-placement visit from our SW the other day. It went well (much LESS stressful than the 6 month visit went ~ I'll explain at the end !) and it was so nice to talk all about Mia, her accomplishments and to see how far she has come. I smile whenever I think of how our SW described Mia... "delicious" she said :)

Mia is thriving in most areas ~ she is such a little miracle ~ I'm still amazed that her little heart is healing itself and how she is such a healthy girl! We were prepared for the worst and got the best!! What a blessing! Oh, I stated "most areas" because we are having our girl evaluated by a speech therapist to see if she needs services. She will say one word here and there, but I know at 2 1/2 years old she should be putting at least 2 words together ~ hopefully with a little bit of help she'll be on her way to talking our ears off :)

Ok, I never posted about our 6 month post-placement visit because I was so stressed afterwards and I basically wanted to forget all about it! I usually find the humor in most situations and now I can post about the absurdity of it and how it is so "us" - everyone survived without a bump!! Let me explain. . . we had our 6 month visit with our SW and all was going well. Anthony was playing with Mia and making her giggle (as he usually does) and he was spinning her around and all of a sudden she arches her back and falls backwards hitting her head on the granite counter and then "boom" flat on her back on the wood floor!!! All I remember is crying ~ from everyone! My big boy was devastated, but Miss Mia did not even have a bump - "Wow" what a moment! And, all with our SW sitting right at the table - witnessed it all! Thankfully, she's a mom too and knows these things happen - but the timing of it all!

All I have left to say is:



3 Peanuts said...

Awww, glad the 1 year appt went well. We had a disaster at that one. It happens to us all! Mia does look delicious and I hope the speech eval goes well.


Daniella said...

Delicious she is. Of course that would happen at your SW visit - doesn't it always. She is changing by the minute - so beautiful Joanne. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the bday wishes :)

Melissa said...

Glad things went well! Wow did a year go by quickly!!

The Blessing that is LIA said...

Oh my god...I can't believe what happened...and I can't believe it's been a year!!! Unreal!
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Love, Wendi

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

Time flies once your home! Congrats on 1 year!!

Barbara said...

Mia's one year anniv. really came so quickly...I remember you preparing to go to China to get your baby girl and bring her home and now she has been here for a year!!! It is hard to believe she hasn't been with you forever...she is such an important part of your family :) She is just precious!

Leslie Z social worker said...

One year did go by so quickly! Mia is delicious and is lucky to have such an amazing family to call her own...bumps and bruises included.