Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Oh goodness. Someone here is 9 years old today.  WHO? Phoebe, that's who.  

Talk about E-X-C-I-T-E-D.  I was informed I could start her day by singing her awake (I usually do this for the 2 youngest) with the birthday song.

So I did:) Then she got her Princess Phoebe dress on, even braving the COLDDDDD, of just leggings, oh my.  One birthday button later and a not-too-happy- Phoebe because Camden broke her plastic tiara last night before she even got to wear it,  (he said it fell and was an accident MOM) a big bow flower made her feel better and she was ready to start her day.

She had cupcakes to take to school and I let her open one gift this morning. She loves her new doll, looks like her with short hair AND a tiara:)

I picked her up at 10 and off we went with Chloe to the eye doctor. Yep, I did. Because this was the soonest appointment we could get and her eye issues are so important. They needed Chloe for translation help to make sure of what she could see. 

Well.  It wasn't so good. Although not unexpected. She is very nearsighted. She needs glasses. We are going with transition lens to give her sun protection. They will be ready in 2 weeks. 

Till then we continue sunglasses and we hope and pray that the glasses help improve her vision. She may be able to have her brain work to help her vision some, or it may not be able to improve much at all.

Doctor said cut off is usually 10 for the brain to not be able to work on vision any longer. So we are close to that but not there yet. The 8 week check up will tell us more:)

She did really well once she got over the fear that each thing done to her was gonna be what those awful children in her orphanage told her- that we would have her eyes cut out-grrrr. The doctor was soooo good with her to assure her he would not hurt her in any way.  

She's a little freaked out her pupils are still dilated, she doesn't understand where her "blue" in her eyes went:)  We told her they will be normal soon.

Next we had supper, she is off to church, then her party will begin. We invited friends, including a teen girl at church that Phoebe ADORES. She actually thought church was "Jenna's house" at first, she only remembered Jenna at church. 

She said her first sentence in English today "Momma, Phoebe is very happy today."  She is happy often, so this was no surprise but sweet to hear. 

She is smart enough she let everyone know she expects presents from them today, too funny when this is the very first birthday party she has ever had. I don't think she will be disappointed.

A great day for this very newly 9 year old girl:) Happy Birthday Princess Phoebe, you are sooo very loved.


Savi said...

This post reminds me why I want to adopt when I'm older. Seeing a little girl (or boy) find their perfect place in a family, with the love of parents and siblings and God, is beautiful. It more than makes up for the the struggles I've read about. Seeing Phoebe so happy, so joyous, stirs something powerful inside me. Adoption is a beautiful, miraculous thing.

Sue said...

happy birthday to you.....I hope your new glasses will work out for you.

K said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Dear Phoebe! You look beautiful in your pretty birthday dress and your baby doll looks pretty, too!

LBC said...

Happy belated birthday to Phoebe!

thesleepyknitter said...

Our vision therapist would argue with your doctor about 10 being the cut-off age for the brain being able to develop new neuropathways. Through advice from a friend, we took our nine-year-old (arrived in October, 2011) to a vision therapist rather than an optometrist, and he ran tests that show she does not see in 3-D, does not track moving objects well, and her eyes do not converge like they should when moving in focus from the whiteboard to her paper. Our optometrist only found that she was far-sighted and has severe astigmatism, because he doesn't check for these other issues. The vision therapist started our daughter on a six-month course of therapy, and we're coming up on the three-month mark and are seeing a definite difference. She doesn't bob her head around as she tries to interpret what her eyes are telling her is on the page, and she's starting to like school (!), and she's learning how to read! (Before therapy, she couldn't remember that her first name has the letter E or what the letter E looks like when shown it out of context.) Our therapist says these problems came from lying abandoned in an orphanage crib for three years with no early intervention of any kind. The eyes are still developing after birth, but with no stimulation (toys, books, Mama's face, etc.), they don't develop. Anyway, this is a novel! I should have sent you a private message. Just wanted to say -- don't stop with the optometrist! Our vision therapist claims the brain can develop new neuropathways at any age, and I have read many dozens of testimonies from his customers showing that yes, people of any age can retrain their eyes to interpret what they see. :-)