We adopted you when you were almost three. Earlier this week, you turned eight. EIGHT! I can’t believe it. Where did the time go. I want you to know how very proud I am of you. I know it doesn’t feel like that all the time. I tell you all the time, but I know you don’t really believe it quite yet. You’re getting there though.
You’re getting there.
I had no idea how long it would take you to learn to trust us, to trust yourself, to know you could do it. You’ve been asking us for years for a doll. Not just a baby doll, but a real doll, one with hair you could comb. Your sisters had one, even your younger sister. We told you we knew you could do it, but that you had to prove it. You had to really learn to take care of your things. You had to be kind to me, and to your brothers and sisters. We worked so hard. So hard. Two months ago we started doing Neurofeedback. Your therapist recommended it and we felt like we had nothing to lose.
There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for you.
Then, your birthday approached, and you said nothing about it. I think you weren’t sure you deserved what every other kid has. You’re so unsure. You do deserve it. I think this helped you believe it.
You absolutely deserve all the love we have to give.
–FullPlateMom, whose sweet girl named her new dolly Evelyn.