Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Jilliana Update

We got an update recently but no new pictures.  But, when I was looking through my most recent pictures, I discovered that I did not see this one or download it.  These are the gifts that God gives us Mommy's to help us with the wait.

I  have been so discouraged waiting for our homestudy to get done.  The ironic thing is that we did not need a full updated homestudy, we just needed something to amend our old homestudy stating that we had adopted Lily and that we would accept a child who is hearing impaired.  It should have only taken a  short while in my mind, but instead it has taken as long as a brand new homestudy with all of the same requirements that  I had to do for the original.  It is finally done, but my homestudy agency is off for the Jewish Holidays so I won't get it until the earliest, Tuesday.  Then begins the mad rush to get it State Certified and Authenticated at the Chinese Consulate before I can send it to my agency to send to China.  So it looks like another two weeks before it can be off.  Then we will need to renew our fingerprints and file the Supplement 3.

I asked my agency several questions and we were lucky enough to get these answers.  Although it does raise some questions.  The other family disrupted due to the hearing loss, yet the SWI's answers to my questions say she does not have hearing loss.  We do know that God can do miracles.  We are still going with the idea that she has hearing loss that requires hearing aids, but if we find out that it is not that severe we will be so thankful.  Hearing tests were done in China by the family that disrupted.

Here are our questions and the answers.

1.  What has the state of her health been since the last medicals done in December 2008?
Since the last medical exam in 2008, she has been very healthy.
2.  Has she had many ear infections?
Her ears have never been infected.
3.  I asked was a Tympanogram ever done on Jihong?
She doesn't use a hearing aid.
This was a question that my son-in-law (going to be an audiologist) told me to ask.  I don't think they knew what it was or it got lost in the translation.
4.  What is her present height and weight?
Height 90 cm  Weight 12kg   Foot 14.5cm  Teeth 17
5.  Have any further hearing tests been done?
6.  Does she have a favorite Nanny or someone she is close too?
She doesn't have any favorite nanny but she likes all the nannies.
7.  Does she show affection and how does she show it?
She likes to kiss the nannies who take care of her.
I cannot wait for that!
8.  Does she have a favorite playmate?
Her best friends are Qin Xiao Ming and Qin Xia Yun who sleep next to her.
9.  Does she prefer to play alone or in a group?
She likes to play with other children together.
10. What does she like to do? or play with?
She likes to wear new clothes and shoes.  She likes to play with bear.
Oh, no Daddy another clothes horse like Emma!
11. Does she make eye contact?
She makes eye contact with the nannies.
12. Can she follow simple directions? ex. put the book away?
She can follow some simple directions of her nannies. For example: put the plastic toys into the bag, put the fabric toys on the cupboard.
13. Does she imitate behavior? clap hands when the nanny does, copy a circle with a pencil or crayon?
She can imitate her nanny's clapping or simple behaviors.  She can use some crayons to draw some lines on the walls.
Oh, boy!  Drawing on the walls?
14. Can she recognize and point to body parts? Nose, eyes, feet?
She can recognize and point to any body parts.
15. Can she say any words or phrases? If so what?
She can say lots of words and phrases to show her needs.  such as: have a meal, pee, please help, this is mine (Oh she will really fit in here!) clean hands, drink milk.
Does this sound like a child that cannot hear?
16. Does she show any signs of not being able to hear? ex. does not look when a loud noise is made?
We don't think she has any hearing problems or she is deaf.  She can understand our talking when we talk to her in a normal voice.
We will not really know about this until we actually get to Jilliana and have her tested.  Miracles happen and this little one has many praying for her.  Whatever the outcome we know that God loves Jilliana and  she is just perfect.
17. Is she potty trained? day? night?
She doesn't use diaper.  She is potty trained.  If she wants, she will tell the nanny.  She goes to pee before she goes to bed.  She doesn't go pee while she is sleeping.
18. What name do you call her and what does it mean?
Nannies usually call her  "Ji hong" or "Dou dou" is her nickname.  It means "little dot".
How cute!  Someone else translated it as meaning "little bean"
19. What makes her happy?
She likes to play with her little friends and she likes to play in the yard.  She will be very joyful if you encourage her.
Looks like another outdoor girl!
20. What makes her angry?
When other children take her toys away, she will be very angry and tell her nannies.
That is an everyday occurrence at our house!
21. Is she afraid of anything?
She is afraid of strangers and strangeness places.
Me too!
22. What makes her stop crying?
If you hold and console her she will stop crying.

We feel so lucky to have had this many answers to our questions.  We are so glad that Jilliana is in a place that seems to really care for her.  We don't know the answers to her hearing, but these answers give us hope that her language is developing and that she does have some hearing.


Amy said...

Yay! What a great list of questions....and answers! Sounds like you have a little firecracker on your hands:)

Ellen said...

Hi Vicki,

We've been following your story for a while now - since you adopted Emma (we adopted Annaliesa around the same time - we are in the same June Jitterbugs yahoo group and we live in England).

I just felt guided to write today and to say how amazingly wonderful it is that you are expanding your family again! You and your family are such an inspiration and I feel really blessed that our paths have crossed, at least via the internet.

God bless you all and may your wait for Jilliana be as brief as possible!

all the best,
Ellen (UK)
Our blog:

Jennifer Taylor said...

What a positive update! She sounds fabulous! I love all of the pictures you have of her, she looks so spunky & full of life!

prechrswife said...

That does sound like a very positive update. Thanks for sharing! :-)

Jami said...

Oh, please don't be discouraged!

She is a doll and I have to agree...she doesn't seem to act like a child who can't hear. I loved reading the questions you asked...some of the same things I wonder about all the children I see on Rainbow Kids. Real kids with real feelings who are living real lives without a mommy and daddy!

God bless you and keep you as you wait patiently for this sweet girl. Thank you for obeying God's call on your life and for sharing your faith. I look forward to checking your blog every few days.

Jami said...

P.S. My 4 yr old son just saw Jilliana's picture, he pointed to it and said.."THAT is my new girlfriend!" Ha! Smart boy. Cute girl! ( =

Kristi said...

Oh, updates are simply the best. Just last night I was thinking about how discouraged I was this time last year as we struggled with our home study agency to get things wrapped up. I'm praying for you as you wait, I know it isn't easy...

K said...

What a great surprise when I checked your blog today! Congratulations on your little Jilliana. All of your children look adorable and happy!

I'm single and still waiting for my first (LID 4/15/2007) but I have my agency checking to see if I can adopt an older child concurrently under the new guidelines announced last week.

I would love to hear from you if you know of anything pertaining to singles being allowed to participate in this program or have any suggestions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to see this. I knew the family that had intended to adopt this precious little girl. I was heart broken for her when they disrupted. I prayed for her to find her family. This is so exciting to see an answer to prayer. I followed your trip to Lilly and I know she is getting a great family. I am rejoicing at what a great God we have! Not only does he answer prayer but allows us to see the answer. I had not looked at your blog in awhile but I saw a post you made on lifeline and looked. I have a Lilli that I adopted in 3/2009 from China. She was not SN. I had a 4 year wait. I will continue to follow your trip. I can not wait for you to get your little one home. Thanks for following God's leading! :)

Anonymous said...

Another one of the June Jitterbugs weighing in. This is Joanne in NY, mom to Sasha, who just turned five. Congratulations on adding another beautiful daughter to your family!