Friday, July 27, 2007

Raspberries in the moonlight

Hi everyone! Life has been good here. Jonas is amazing, growing and changing everyday.

Our latest ordeal is sleep. We have come to the conclusion that he must have slept in the same room as his foster family. He falls asleep well but then when we leave the room, if he wakes he screams bloody murder. We consulted an adoption medicine resource and have some new tools to implement. Last two nights have been fabulous..he's slept in the pack n play in our room. He falls asleep on his own, no screaming and its wonderful. The night before last Geoffrey tried to put him down to sleep (which I know sounds scary because of what he does for a living...but know what I mean!!)...Anyway, I was sitting in the living room trying to read the new Harry Potter book. I turned the monitor on so I could spy on them (he he) and I hear Jonas blowing raspberries on his arm. He is REALLY good at it!! Anyway, I knew there would be no chance of rest anytime soon...but guess what??? I smiled and thanked the universe for the opportunity to be with this child. Pretty cool! I am loving my new family.

Monday, July 16, 2007

A few times around the block

Ok, we are officially parents! We did the put-him-in-the-carseat-and-drive-around-the-block-so-this-kid-will-go-to-sleep move. Worked like a charm....after the two hours of other ideas we had to wear him out.

Glad I got new tires!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

New shoes and a failed sleepover

Well, yesterday we ended up with two new pair of shoes. HOWEVER... within one hour of the purchase, my darling son...having his diaper changed by my darling husband... well,shall we say...he SOAKED his new shoes, and not in a good way. One of those you-took-my-diaper-off-at-the-exact-wrong-time moments. Wish I had been there to see it. I saw the aftermath...I had no idea that much..uh..liquid could be in a person that small.

This evening we attempted (yes, attempted) the first sleepover at Nena's house. Geoffrey and I went to meet with some friends, and then the plan was dinner and a movie. I called after the meeting with friends to see how things were going and I could hear Jonas screaming in the background. "Do you want me to come there?" "Uh, (long pause) no." I went there, he was not going to sleep in that house. I used all my best moves! So.. we split. No crying over spilled milk or failed sleepovers in our family. We'll try again another time.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Shut up's the dialogue tonight. "Honey, you could probably turn the water off now." "Nuh uh..its not high enough, its not covering his knees." "Hmph, I never let the water get that deep." "Well, I do everytime and its the best way so shut up!".

We are a little stressed... to your surprise (I am sure..) I am not the shutter upper. My darling husband is the shutter upper. I am the controlling the quanitity of water person.

We are a mess. We need your prayers/fancy dances/energy to get us through this.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Gotta go shoe shopping

So, today we went into work to visit the daddy and help out with some end of quarter busy work. There were several lovely ladies there who helped my little guy walk around. He had on some sandals (that I bought..before we went to pick him up). I saw him from a distance and THEY ARE TOO SMALL. I could never tell because he was always sitting down when I put them on and I am never far away enough from his feet to see his shoes..weird..I know. Ok..stop judging me..I've only been doing this for three weeks......OH!! HA!! Three weeks TODAY!

Anyway, Nena (my mom) Jonas and I are going shoe shopping tomorrow. Apparently, I am supposed to get my child shoes from Stride Rite. I was informed that I only wore shoes from stride rite as a child, and Geoffrey said that's all he wore..sooooooooooooo off to check out the stride rite selection at Dillards.

This kid is going to be sprinting with a good pair of shoes on... hmmm..maybe I better rethink this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

First five steps

Yep, you've heard it here first...Jonas took his first five UNASSISTED steps today. I don't think he had any idea that he did it. I was sitting on the floor in the playroom, talking on the phone to the daddy and he stood up and put one foot in front of the other as I counted, one,two,three,four, FIVE. He then plopped down and played with is blocks. I had a feeling it was coming soon... we'll see if it happens again today, that would be fun.

Today was also our first, sit-outside-and-pluck-grass-and-leaves-and-sticks experience. There is a nice breeze, so I spread out a blanket, took a sippy cup and his favorite toy outside. He loves the wind blowing through his (rather unruly) hair. He knew the leaf came from the tree and kept holding it up, like he wanted to put it back. I think I'm going to break out my Pentax SLR and take some pictures of this child. There is something wonderful about the click of a "real" camera.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

What I learned today

Today I learned that I can take a shower..(including conditioner, sans leg shaving...that really would have been pushing it!) in the amount of time it takes my son to eat half of a banana cut up in little pieces. I HAD to get out of the house today and really wanted a shower.... I rolled his highchair into the bathroom w/ the aforementioned fruit. Ta Da..clean mommy, full baby..and out the door we went.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Home two weeks

Home two weeks now. Life is everchanging and exhausting. Jonas is adjusting well and we are really getting to know each other. He is full of smiles and kisses..except for when he isn't! Here are a few pictures from around the house and a trip to the beach with our dear friends Larry and Mary.

We're home

So, its been awhile since I've posted. We went to Guatemala on father's day and came home on the summer solstice. The transition from the foster family went smoothly as did our embassy appointment and flight home. Here are a couple of pictures from our trip: at the pool at the hotel, snacking on the plane and one at immigration in Miami.