Julie has come alive in the past three weeks. Every day she surprises me with something new that she does. When I first met Julie she was laying flat on her back and looked like she hated life. I would sit and talk with her but she would just stare back at me with uninterested eyes. Julie is recovering from a brain surgery that didn’t go exactly as planned. Before the surgery I am told she was quite the diva and caused a fair amount of mischief. A month ago I would not have believed that story but now I can see the feistiness coming back full force!
Julie is now talking, laughing, singing, and dancing. She is feeding herself snack food and drinking out of cup on her own. She mostly speaks Telugu and according to my ayahs about half of what she says makes sense and the other half is mostly nonsense. Julie loves to call people over and make them play with her. She does call most women that come into the house amma (mom) so we are working on calling people appropriate titles! She likes to play with my ayah’s son and is fond of pulling his hair or pinching him. I always get after her half-heartily because it makes me so happy to see her feisty personality coming back! She is now able to hold her head up for up to a minute and we are working on her sitting independently for small amounts at a time.
Recently we have started a preschool at Rescue home and all of my kids go downstairs every day for preschool. Julie especially loves it. She can be found dancing up a storm during circle time and is working on doing simple puzzles. I catch her smirking and generally being sassy all the time during preschool. She especially likes when we ask her to point to a certain object in a book and then she gets a piece of candy as a reward. Recently her ayah told me that she was singing the ABCs, she seemed to have picked up on that at some point during preschool. I have been working with her on the letter A this week, trying to get her to identify it. She’s pretty hit or miss with this activity but I think I’m going to continue slowly working on it and see what she can pick up on.
One of Julie’s biggest struggles is eating. She is skinny- her pant size is 12 months but no pants really fit her because she is much taller than a 12 month old! At first I thought she was refusing to eat rice, a staple in India, because of texture issues but now I think it’s more of a control issue. She wants to choose when to eat and what to eat. Some days she will refuse to eat dinner but then eat the same thing off my plate an hour later. She will always eat snack food items and drink water though. The other day I took her to Chili’s and she loved eating chicken strips and French fries. She got too distracted by everything going on around her to finish but she loved going out and eating in a restaurant. Julie loves chocolate ice cream so I use that as a reward on days that she eats all three meals. She’s gotten much better about eating so hopefully we can figure out the best way to get her back to a healthy weight!
Julie is becoming quite the diva and I love seeing every moment of her personality coming back. She has the cutest high pitched voice and little giggle. Please pray for her continued health and for her personality to continue coming back!
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