In some ways it is hard to believe Jesse has been home 2 months, but in other ways it seems like he has been here for much longer. Just this week Jesse is stringing together 3-4 words sentences, such as "Brianna, Mom needs you" or "Ow that hurts". He has also caught onto all of the expressions that we use, and has even combined several of them to make his own expressions. For instance, he says 'Oh man!', when he is frustrated, or has repeated 'Holy Cow' when excited. He has heard 'Holy Moly' a few times and has now created a Jesse-ism "Holy Moly Cow!". Yes, he uses it as a term for excitement and frustration, and now the rest of the family does as well.
Jesse's sleep routine has improved and he is not wetting the bed like had before. He may wet it only once a week now, and that is usually because he had too much to drink before bed on those nights. Jesse still requires one of us, preferably mom, to lay with him until he falls asleep each evening. This seems natural, as he slept every night for 5 years with his foster grandfather. He is now showing the grief that he has in the past and will talk freely about his foster family and home. He doesn't speak about them with sadness anymore, and at times he can actually be quite candid about his life in China.
Jesse is falling into a routine at home, but we have come to a head with the learning curve. He is at a unique age where he is too old for a preschool, and yet that is the type of learning he needs. We have tried to teach him at home, but we do not have the resources necessary to help him improve with his understanding of the English language, alphabet, and reasoning skills. He will begin Kindergarten, half days, on Monday. He will have several specialists working with him throughout the morning, and we will reevaluate at the end of this school year if he should continue into next year, or if he has improved enough for him to be taught at home. We have prayed about this decisions for weeks and truly believe this is the right decision for our family and especially for Jesse.
Jesse's favorite foods are oatmeal, any fruit but blueberries, rice, and meat. There are few foods that he will not eat, and usually eats more than 2 or 3 of my other children. He looks up to all of his siblings with respect and admiration, and does a great job acting as the proverbial 'little brother'. He fills his shoes well and likes to do what he can to antagonize his older siblings, but in the same respect he also knows he needs them for help in daily situations. ;)
We are excited for this next adventure for our family, as Jesse begins school. We are blessed that the local school is so accommodating and has the many resources necessary to allow him to transition while learning the language and culture. They are all willing to work hard to enable he gets caught up to his age level. We are praising God for a great town, a great school district, and amazing friends who continue to support us through this journey. For every one person that does not encourage us or understand this journey the Lord as sent us on, He provides 3 more that are always encouraging.