Monday, May 09, 2005

Progress Report

On Saturday a nice surprise arrived in our mailbox. A translated progress report for Tenley that showed her growth from birth to 5 months. More importantly it told us where she was found.

On September 14, 2004 Tenley was found by a security guard just outside of the orphanage in Yangxi. She was left at the place that would be her home for the next 9 months or so. She was dressed in cotton baby clothes and was checked out by the doctor at the orphanage. She weighed 7.2 lbs and was about 18 inches long. Given her size and development they put her at just born. Therefore her birthday was selected as September 13, 2004.

In the next few months she grew at a normal rate gaining weight every month and increasing in size. At the time of her referral in April she was 14.1 lbs and just over 2 ft. tall. They said in the first month that she cried out loudly and slept well. She could stare at and follow light with moving eyes. In the 2nd month she stared at adults' faces, lifts her head while laying on her stomach and can graps objects in her hands.

In the 3rd month, she becomes very excited when hearing her caretakers' voices, likes to be hugged and likes musical toys. When played with, she will move her limbs excitedly, and babbles often. In the 4th month she kicks her feet with much strength, giggles when happy, plays with her hands and feet while lying on her back.

In the 5th month, she looks for dropped toys, can roll over agilely and can lift her head when sitting up.

In addition to the translated document, we also got the original Chinese language document. Really interesting to look at. All of this information is great but it makes me want to go now! I want to hear her giggle at me and give her lots of hugs. I guess June is not all that far away.

More details soon....

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