The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Yay! She Got Frustrated!!!!

Yesterday, Pea and I were getting into a friend's car to carpool home from the Fall Festival at preschool (I forgot my camera--sorry!). My friend asked Pea if she wanted help with her seatbelt. No way, no how, thank you very much (except without the thanks). Pea struggled to get to the magical "click!" with no success. Finally, it seemed she had shoved the metal buckle in far enough, and she let go. Unfortunately, it retracted on her. And that's when the miracle happened. She expressed frustration! It was written all over her face and she even let out an exasperated sigh! I'm pretty sure I caught a certain rolling of the eyes! I was thrilled!!!! This was the first time I had seen her express frustration!

I know my excitement may seem odd to you, but if it does, ask yourself whether it's odd for a child to get past her 4th birthday having never expressed frustration! The fact that she has grown 4 inches in height already this year is just a picture of how she is still on a trajectory of spiritual, cognitive, and emotional growth. Seeing her appropriately express a new emotion was an amazing moment for me. Like Mary of Nazareth, I'll "treasure up all these things, pondering them in [my] heart."


From Five to Eight said...

If you want to see eye rolling you should come over here! :)
(I do know what you mean though)

Tarah said...

She knows she can be frustrated and will still be loved!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE THE BIG MOMENTS. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued