As times passes, things change...thankfully for the better these days! Hard to believe that Lexi has been a part of our family for only 10 weeks. Being a family of four seems so normal now and hard to imagine life any other way. The progress that Lexi has made is remarkable when we look back to where we were in those first days and weeks. We have lots of giggles and funny moments together - and we LOVE to see the smiles!!! These are the moments that we hold onto tightly in order to get through the challenging times that still exist but are getting more spread out and not as constant.
It really seems as though Lexi feels at home with us and her attachment to each of us is finally in full swing. She comes to us when she needs something, asks for us if we are not around and even gives kisses when prompted. Still waiting for the unexpected kiss or cuddle on her own account but we know it will happen.
Ella and Lexi have formed a real bond and genuinely adore each other....most of the time. Thankfully Lexi's aggressive outbursts are channeled else where these days rather than constantly at Ella - or at me for that matter. She is not afraid to let us know when she is frustrated, angry or upset. We take this as a positive sign as well because she is comfortable enough to let us know how she is feeling.
We are really pleased with the progression of Lexi's speech and really have confidence that in time it will all come together. Her receptive language seems quite good and she is becoming more expressive as well. We continue to speak in very simple sentences, repeat everything multiple times, make a lot of eye contact and use hand gestures/sign language. What ever we are doing seems to be working well - and of course Lexi's eagerness to communicate helps!
Our first house guests arrived last week and all is going well. Patrick's brother and family from Switzerland will be visiting us through the Christmas/New Year holiday. I am actually quite relieved to say that it is going better then expected. I had some concerns that Lexi would feel overwhelmed and that chaos would lead to additional meltdowns and trauma but that really has not been the case. Lexi seemed quite anxious in the days leading up to their arrival but it all disappeared relatively quickly. I am sure seeing Ella so happy and content with her cousins helps. The additional language has not caused any problem either - and if anything reminds us that Lexi does seem to have a comfort level with Swiss German as well as with English. This makes Baba very happy.
|Ella and Bastian|
|Introducing Stillis to Dim Sum - Lexi of course in her glory!|
|A beautiful morning in Stanley|
|Elvira, Fabian, Tamara and Bastian on Repulse Bay Beach|
|A fun pizza party on the beach!|
We are having a great time and enjoy having family visiting us in our home. Ella could not be any happier to play tour guide and to show her cousins all around Hong Kong! Opa arrives today so it will be a wonderful Stillhart Christmas in Hong Kong --- and Lexi's first!!!