Esther is understanding more of what we say everyday but she does not talk a lot so it's hard to tell what English words she has pickup up yet. She can count to 10 in English!
I tried the dress she wore in her visa picture on trip 1 on her again this week (so glad we got it back!) and she has grown!
I picked up these two traditional outfits for our Bulgarians to have and wear on special occasions. They were both quite happy with them. Esther started doing a river dance type dance when I first put it on her :)
We have been working a lot on trying new foods and textures and teaching our little lady how to chew with her teeth vs just moving all the food to the roof of her mouth to sit until it dissolves. I stopped pureeing her soups and she's tolerating chunks much better now. Making progress! She has tried pbj (thinnest layer of each), canned fruits and veggies (since they tend to be softer), pizza, cheeseburger, bean burritos, and much more. She really doesn't seem to be picky as far as tastes as she will eat spicy or bland without much reaction. She surprised us the other day by eating two cups of regular popcorn! That requires some chewing! Somehow she's getting it down and rarely gags. Esther still isn't big on liquids, but she has a couple times asked for some on her own and taken some sips. She will easily drink broth in soups, etc with a spoon so I do that as much as needed to keep her hydrated so I have no concerns there. She loves pudding and applesauce, but isn't too big on yogurt and ice cream because they are so cold. She does not have near the same appetite Ben had when he came home (and he still has!).
Sleeping is going well. She wakes up happily humming which wakes up her sisters.
We are working on teaching her to stay out of the trash can as she is a magnet to any kind of wrapper that crinkles.
Watching Ben do his school :)
She has another dentist apt next week (with a Bulgarian translator this time to see if that helps calm her), hearing test the week after and blood work somewhere in there. Hopefully the weather will warm up again. Neither one of our Bulgarian babies like this cold and we are all going a little stir crazy stuck in the house so much!