- He took his first steps this week without holding on! Of course now he won't do it again, but we must be getting close.
- He is eating everything in sight, and I mean everything. If he can reach it, it goes in his mouth. I'm having to baby proof again. The only food he has not been fond of was strawberries and mandarin oranges...I guess they are kind of sour.
- He likes to ride in the stroller and has gotten used to his carseat really quickly. In fact, he usually falls asleep almost immediately when we head somewhere.
- He has figured out what a cell phone is for and will hold ours up to his ear every chance he gets.
- He no longer screams and cries when we change his diaper or his clothes...we never figured that one out.
- He is still fighting me when it comes time for naps and bedtime, but not nearly as badly and I am figuring out a system. I may still end up with a busted lip or broken nose from being butted with his head, but I guess that is a small price to pay. :)
- He LOVES bath time now! If there is water running, he wants in. He will climb all over Nathan to get the water spout when they are taking a bath. Then he will do everything he can to climb in the tub with Emma, jammies and all. After that, he'll stand there getting sprayed with the water while Hallie takes a shower!
- He loves seeing himself in the mirror and will just coo and kiss his reflection forever.
- He is a very social little boy and will go to almost anyone. However, after just a few minutes, he looks around for Mommy or Daddy and wants to come back. Of course I love that!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
- THE DECISION - Before trying to get pregnant, you usually have conversations like, "Are we ready to have a baby?" "Can we do this financially?" "Is this the right time to expand our family?" "How will it affect our lives as we know it?" These are some of the same questions you ask yourselves as you are starting on the paperwork trail in adoption.
- ITS POSITIVE - Pretty self-explanatory...the positive pregnancy test...no turning back. This was kind of how I felt when we went on the waiting list for a referral. We made it, we're here now, no turning back.
- THE WAIT - There is the wait till 20 weeks when you can find out the sex of the baby, or in adoption, the wait for the referral...who is my child going to be? Then there is the next phase of waiting for the birth, and for adopting families, the wait to travel and pick up your child.
- PHOTO - Every pregnant mom remembers their first ultrasound. Wow, baby's first photo...even though it doesn't do our beautiful baby justice. :) The referral photo is just like that. Our first glimpse of our beautiful baby...and it doesn't do them justice as anyone can tell from looking back at referral photos. :)
- THE UNKNOWN - Not knowing details about what your baby is going to be like and not knowing full details about their health is scary. Doctors run all sorts of tests on mom and baby and can scare you with the possibilities of things that could go wrong. The occasional medical reports or updates from your child's birth country can also be very intimidating.
- THE LAST MONTH - This is a miserable time for any mom. :) Your baby could arrive any day, or it could still be 4 weeks away. You are so anxious for the baby to arrive, and yet don't have everything ready yet. That last minute wait for passports or permission to travel is a killer.
- THE TRIP - This is something every pregnant mom and every adoptive mom fantasize about the whole journey. What is my experience going to be like? The trip to the hospital and the trip to the orphanage can be the longest trip you have ever taken in your life!
- THE GIFT - Your baby! Whether the baby comes out of your tummy, or out of another mom's tummy, the result is the same! You are suddenly handed a beautiful gift, created completely and totally by God! You are overwhelmed with love and emotion, exhaustion and uncertainty, thankfulness and joy!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have not gone into much detail about our visit to the Compassion East India office while we were in Kolkata, so I thought that I would share our story. It is full of little "God things" as was our whole adoption journey, so I want to share it.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
In my most recent Compassion News Magazine, I read about a new line of cards that have just come out. The ones I have seen are beautiful and have great messages of hope and encouragement. These cards could be given to anyone who needs to be encouraged...youth, sponsored children, women friends, etc. The added bonus is that you get to encourage someone while at the same time help Compassion help children all over the world! I found a brief description of the cards online and I have included it below. Happy shopping!
DaySpring is partnering with Compassion International to offer Colors of Compassion cards. You can help make a difference in the lives of children in need around the world by purchasing these cards. DaySpring will donate 6% of net wholesale sales of every “Colors of Compassion” card directly to Compassion International to help provide immunizations and other urgent medical care for children in need.
When you purchase greeting cards, please consider purchasing the Colors of Compassion cards. It’s a small way to help a child in need.
We survived our first birthday party with Micah! Everything went smoothly. He was a little overwhelmed in the beginning as everyone started showing up at our house, but he did well. We had him wearing his "Little Brother" t-shirt and Nathan wore his "Big Brother" t-shirt. We thought this might help Nathan feel more special while we celebrated Micah. :)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Micah has been officially "home" for 1 week, and what a week it has been. He has been such a little trooper. He must be exhausted. One day this week I was printing off some papers in another room and when I walked back in the kitchen, I found Micah fast asleep on the dining room floor, sucking his little fingers (he sucks on the 3rd and 4th fingers to go to sleep!) How tired do you have to be to fall asleep on tile? :)