Wow, sorry it's been so long since I've updated the blog. Things have been busy here with school and sports.
We are leaving tomorrow for Disney World!!! We are all really excited. People thought I was crazy for flying to Ukraine when I was 20 weeks pregnant, I must be completely insane to drive 16 hours and spend two weeks in Disney at 33-35 weeks pregnant! Oh well - it should be memorable at least.
I still feel very well and things have been going great with my pregnancy. I can't believe this baby will be here pretty soon. The girls are very excited to be big sisters.
Morgan has been doing well in school and continues to do cheerleading. Competition season starts in January and we have our first away trip to CT in Feb. That should be fun with a 2 month old.
Victoria is doing great! She had a doctor visit recently and all of her bloodwork is still perfect. She is doing wonderful with her medicine too. She really likes kindergarten a lot. I sat down with her teacher last week to review how she is doing. The teacher says she is well behaved, doing well socially and really seems to be catching up academically. She is definitely delayed in some areas (letter recognition and what sounds they make) but we feel she will catch up. Her retention also isn't the best, but I think it's just because her brain is on overload. After all, she has only been speaking English for about a year. She can count to 20, say her ABCs, spell and write her name, knows her shapes, colors, etc. So, she is definitely getting there. The teacher is going to refer her for a speech evaluation, which I am happy about. Her English is pretty good, but she is sometimes hard to understand. She knows the words for things, but when she is excited has a hard time getting it out clearly. We are going to be seeing a pediatric neurologist soon too. This is mostly just for an evaluation and to get a baseline because of her history. Victoria was born at only 26 weeks and had a brain bleed at birth. She was also prenataly drug exposed and was exposed to HIV untreated for 4 years during important brain development. She has shown slightly increased tone and tends to be pretty clumsy, so it may be that she has a very slight touch of cerebral palsy. Not enough to really notice, but we would like her evaluated anyway incase there are any services that she might benefit from (physical therapy, etc.).
Victoria's favorite thing right now is soccer! She is doing really well. She is very fast (probably because she is taller than everyone on her team and her legs are longer) and is getting better and better at handling the ball. She scored three goals in one game a few weeks ago and had another goal this past weekend.
I am going to try to post as much as I can from Disney (and to include pictures). Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from soccer.