Britt Post Adoption-Month 5

Five months.

Five months have passed since Britt has been ours.

Five months since she left everything she’s ever known.  

Five months a Slaughter and for that we’re so very thankful.

This has been the month Britt has made the most changes.  She’s really coming into her own.  She’s got us all figured out (and has us wrapped around her finger).

The biggest news this past month is SHE IS WALKING!

She’s been going to occupational therapy weekly and has recently begun going twice a week where they work on both large and fine motor skills.  *MOM BRAG MOMENT*  When she began therapy, I asked the therapist when her goal was for Britt walking.  I just wondered what kind of time table we were working with and her response was, “Christmas.  We’re gonna have her walking by Christmas.”  And YOU guys!  It’s not even Halloween just yet.

She pretty much walks all over our house.  She isn’t good at the stairs yet, (THANKFULLY) so she stays downstairs and walks around.

She started speech therapy this past week.  I’m thinking it’s due to a combination of the cleft issues, new language, and age but she’s only making a couple sounds.  We’ll be working on that and hopefully she’ll knock those goals right out of the park as well.

Her receptive language completely amazes me!  Tab and I will say something and she’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.  We’re constantly saying, “How does she know that word?”. 

Just last night after the bath, I put some new lotion on her and was telling her it smelled so good.  She kept smelling her hands and going, “ooh”.  I told her to go let Daddy smell her lotion.  She got up, walked straight over to Tab, and put her hand out for him to smell.

We have her check-up on her palate coming up next week, but she’s doing great.  She’s eating anything and everything, is sleeping all night, and taking great naps.

I’ll try to remember to post the video (and more videos of her because you’ve been asking:)), but she’s started folding her hands in prayer and closing her eyes while we pray.  It’s the CUTEST thing ever.  Just last night, we prayed before dinner and Bowen was kind enough to point out that “Britt never closed her eyes”.  Now, how’d he know that, right?  😉  But then she wanted us to watch her and she bowed her head, folded her hands, and closed her eyes.

This past month she’s really turned into a toddler.  She’ll be in the bathroom while I’m getting ready and before I know it the box of Q-Tips is all over the floor.  Just normal toddler stuff!

Earlier this week, Ebby Lee asked me what our life would be like if we hadn’t adopted Britt.  (I should add all our kids are smitten with her but the older two are like head over heels.  Nixon, my crazy tough all boy seven-year-old will talk to her in the sweetest voice and calls her his baby.  They’re precious with her.)  But I was trying to explain to Ebby Lee that I thought our lives were exactly how they should be…we had three healthy kiddos and I was 100% great with that.  Then I told her that sometimes God knows something you need that you don’t even realize.  It might not be so easy getting there, but in the end he wants exactly what’s best for us.  Adoption isn’t easy…the paperwork is long, it’s expensive, traveling is tough, getting a new kiddo who doesn’t even know what a family is is hard, but five months on the other side of it and I can see this huge blessing God placed on our hearts.  We’re getting to experience it because we said, “yes”.  If he’s calling you to adopt, foster, or something similar trust me you don’t wanna miss this.

This girl.  She melts us all.  She’s taught us so many things in these past months.  And I hope we’re teaching her how very loved she is by this crazy family of hers.

Britt turns TWO next month!  And we can’t wait to celebrate!

If you’ve missed any post adoption posts, you can see them here…
*I skipped a four month post.
*I skipped a one month post because I was catching up on all our China recaps.

If you missed any of my China recaps, you can see them here…

Have a GREAT day!

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  1. 10.19.17
    Holly said:

    What a true blessing she is- the story of her praying squeezes my heart- just love this

  2. 10.19.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    There just aren't enough words. Britt is precious! I couldn't agree more about this past month. I feel like she went from baby to big girl overnight! Oh how we love your sweet daughter!

  3. 10.19.17
    Four Points Mom said:

    What a sweet, happy girl! She's such a blessing to you as well as you guys being such a blessing to her! And I can't believe she's already walking! Isn't God amazing – guiding her so quickly through life's challenges and showing you all how strong she is and will continue to be?

  4. 10.19.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    What a wonderful post! I loved reading the stories about the lotion and about her praying. Such a smart girl! Love you, Britt!

  5. 10.19.17
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this update. What a precious girl. And what wise words you shared with Ebby Lee. xo

  6. 10.19.17
    Whitney Pegram said:

    She is a baby doll! I love following along with these posts!! And her praying … oh my heart!

  7. 10.19.17
    brookerichardson said:

    I’m so proud of Britt! I wanted to cry when I saw her walk at Madeleys party! Such a sweet girl, perfectly made and meant to be a Slaughter.

  8. 10.19.17
    Anonymous said:

    Aw, Britt!! She is so precious and sweet! I still can't get over how much she is walking!! So proud of her!!!

  9. 10.19.17
    Britt Hensley said:

    She is the cutest little thing! God hand-picked this beautiful girl for y’all, and it’s amazing to read the amazing things that He is doing in your life through adoption. Continued prayers for your sweet family!

  10. 10.19.17
    A.K.W. said:

    It will be 34 years on October 28th that I have been here in America! I was 9 months old when I was adopted from Korea, I will be 35 in December.


  11. 10.19.17
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I love this little girl so much!!! I seriously can't even focus on baseball when she's walking around at games. The "fall and scoot" thing she does is my favorite! hahaha She's just so cute!!
    That Inspired Chick

  12. 10.19.17
    live compassionately said:

    Erika she is so stinking sweet. I love that you and your family listened to the call to adopt!

  13. 10.19.17
    Deena said:

    Britt has come such a long way since you got her! It’s been so fun watching her grow, like Ashby and Madeley before her. I love seeing her walking so quickly and I’m sure her talking skills will move along now that she’s getting speech therapy. Thanks for the update.

  14. 10.19.17
    pokes96 said:

    What a wonderful, selfless post to read this morning. Thank you for posting a great mix of her accomplishments and her challenges. Basically for not saying "everything is awesome & easy!!!" And for answering the honest, hard questions of your oldest daughter. I have a son with special needs & I know the therapy appointments, etc can be draining, but oh so rewarding. And the payoff is huge while the eyes & investment of other people in your child benefits everyone. One thing I've learned with my son & observing other kids, they will have huge leaps in one area (gross motor for example) and you feel like the others are lacking (speech or fine motor)…but somehow, some way they get it all figured out in their own time. Your posts this week have been so encouraging, real and engaging.

  15. 10.19.17
    Emily Harrison said:

    I loved her praying video on Instagram today. So precious. Keep up the great work sweet girl.

  16. 10.21.17
    Terra Heck said:

    Seems like Britt has blessed your family as much as she's been blessed. Love her outfit in the top picture. Glad that she's making progress!

  17. 10.21.17
    Unknown said:

    So fun to see the progress! I’m home two months with mine and she’s a cleft palate baby too!