Ok, this is the weirdest post you'll hear from me for a while-I think anyway (the frog was pretty odd, I know). But guess what??!! Emma cried! I realize this seems like a strange thing to be happy about, but in the world of adoption, expressing feelings is an area where kids tend to have a lot of difficulty. Because she spent 5 years where she learned that when she cried from fear, pain, or other things those cries weren't answered, she generally doesn't cry. She thuds her head on the tile and goes on impassively. She gets bopped with this or that and doesn't blink an eye. Occasionally she grinds her teeth, but she rarely CRIES. Last week when I took her for her vaccinations she actually CRIED but I think it was more from being held down than from the actual pain.
But just this morning, she cried! She cried because Brianna bopped her on the head with a hairbrush. I'm sure that's not something to be happy about, but I'm glad to know that Emma is learning to express her emotions and is learning that when she cries we WILL come. Now, here's the funny part- she didn't cry immediately. I jumped up and went and took the hairbrush from Brianna (which of course made Bria cry...) and THEN she looked at me and busted out crying. TEARS and all. So she knew I was nearby and thought she'd try it out ;) Little stinker! But YAY! This is a big step for her! (and yes, her head is just fine :) )