Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Several people at work decided to run a 5k in February.  I have never been nor do I ever plan to be a runner.  I can do an hour of aerobics with the best of them but I'll hyperventilate after 5 minutes of running.  I know... I'm a specimen of athletic ability! haha.  However, I decided that if I have a goal and something to aim for, I could try the 5k and see how it goes.  Several of my coworkers decided that a 30 min 5k was a good goal.  I went along with it not knowing just how out of shape I am.  I got on the treadmill yesterday to check my time.  I "ran" a mile in 15 minutes and thought I was going to pass out doing that.  Since a 5k is 3.1 miles, I will have to run a 9 minute mile! Ha!!  That is one lofty goal!  I'll let you know how I progress.  In the past year I have gotten a slap on the wrist for my blood pressure and my cholesterol.  I could certainly use a little aerobic activity!

Little man may be able to run with me by next month!  I am amazed how quickly he is picking up walking.  He can now walk about 8-10 steps at a time.  He doesn't have to pull up on furniture now.  He can stand up in the middle of the room and walk to where he wants to go.  He's still quite wobbly and falls down A LOT but he's getting there.

His mouth is much better but he's still super stuffy and congested.  Hopefully he'll get over it soon.

Here's a video from tonight of him learning the word "No." FYI - I was telling him no because he was getting too close to the stairs.


Saturday, November 24, 2012


This Thanksgiving Holiday we are thankful to God for all of our many blessings, but we are most thankful for Christian and Tristan!  We had a great time with my family on Thursday and Christian got to try a lot of tasty food.    He is such a good baby.  The only trouble he gave the whole day was puking on my Aunt Pam's rug...  And he can't help that.  His reflux is still in high gear.  Will he ever grow out of it?

Poor little man is sick again.  He has another cold and he got thrush.  Apparently the two rounds of antibiotics back to back caused him to get it.  So he has sores and white spots in his mouth.  So sad.  He is still as sweet and rambunctious as ever though.  He is all over the place!  He can crawl up both flights of stairs now and he is so pleased with himself when he makes it.  I crawl behind him and he pushes my hand away when I try to help him.  He also took four steps yesterday!  He is so much better at standing for long periods of time now so I guess that walking isn't too far away. 

His hair is out of control!  His bangs are down in his eyes and the top of his head forms into a natural mohawk.  It's a sight in the mornings.  John tells me I can't cut it until he's baptized in the Greek church which probably won't be until next summer!!!  What are we going to do with that hair??? 

First time at a restaurant!  He was so good!

Proud of himself for making it to the top of the stairs.

His squinty eye smile.  He does this a lot.

Look at that hair! We did not style it this way.  This is how it naturally grows!

This is his "I didn't do it" face.  So cute!
I weighed him yesterday and he's up to 25 lbs.  He's too long for his 18 month footed pajamas so he's now in 24 months.  The boy has been in one long, perpetual growth spurt since he was born!  I'm glad he's rolly polly though.  I love kissing those thighs!

Last weekend Tristan hit her first out-of-the-park homerun.  John took Christian to that game so they both got to see it!  Yay Tristan!

We hope you and your family had a great holiday weekend.


Sunday, November 18, 2012


My thoughts on adoption are.... well... I don't really think about it that much.  I even forget sometimes that I didn't get to carry little man. I can't imagine loving him anymore than I already do.  When we began the adoption process I was filled with anxiety.  What if we didn't bond?  What if he never truly accepted me as a mother? What if he felt foreign in our family?  I am so, so, so, very thankful that all of the fears are gone.  He is the piece of the puzzle that our family was missing. 

We got the pictures in from his dedication.  They are precious!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First Steps

Yes... our little man took his first two steps today.  I was not expecting it so I think I scared him when I jumped up and squealed.  I grabbed him and hugged that sweet boy.  I may have shed a little tear.  I felt bad for John because he was almost home.  Poor thing.  But it was a special moment for me and my little man.

We had a hard time getting the monkey picture this month.  This was the first try.

This was the second try.  He was more interested in grabbing the camera.
Several of the children in his class started walking this week and he has been studying them.  I knew it wouldn't be too long for him but I thought it would be at least another week or two.  He's pretty wobbly when he stands by himself so I expected him to master that before he started moving his feet.  He showed me!

The doctor told us to stop giving him the Zantac to see if it's helping him.  Since John was gone this weekend we waited until Monday.  He's been off of it for three days and he seems fine.  He still spits up about the same as when he was on it so I guess we'll leave him off.  Yay!  He's medicine free!



Friday, November 9, 2012

9 Months

Oh my goodness!  I can't believe our little man is 9 months old!  I have his monkey picture but it's in the other camera so I'll have to get it later. He turned 9 months on Tuesday and he had his check up today.  He is doing great! Here are the stats:

Weight: 24 lbs (93rd percentile)
Height: 30 1/2 inches (97th percentile)

She said he is a BIG boy (like we didn't know that) but he is very healthy.  He's not overweight because he's so tall.  He's very sturdy.

Both of his top teeth have broken through now and he has slept through the night for the last 4 nights! Yay!  I thought I heard him crying last night at 3:30 so I got up and stumbled to his room.  He was snoozing away.  I guess I'm still not used to this. :)

He is getting more and more independent as the days pass.  One of his favorite games now is "I'm going to get you".  I get on my hands and knees behind him and chase him around the room saying those words.  He laughs and falls a lot and then laughs some more.  Once I do get him we roll all over the floor together.  He's so sweet.  Here's a video of him laughing.  I hate that it's so dark but at least you can hear him.

He is such a daddy's boy.  I'm not going to lie - It makes me sad sometimes that when he bumps his head or gets a boo boo he wants John instead of me.  I am so happy that they have bonded but I hope he becomes more of a mama's boy in the next few months!

John is finally getting a better work schedule and is usually home before his bedtime.  They actually take a bath together every other night.  Christian is so active that he won't just sit in the tub.  He wants to walk all the way around it, chew on the faucet, knock over anything and everything he can touch and then he'll slip and fall.  It's just easier to sit in there with him.


Monday, November 5, 2012


John and I went to Chattanooga this weekend to watch Tristan's tournament.  We had planned to take little man but the forecast called for rain on Sunday.  My very thoughtful parents offered to keep him from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon.  That was the longest I have been away from sweet boy and I sure did miss him!  I think my mom got tired of me texting her and she finally told me to enjoy myself and let her handle it!  It's tough to turn off the mom gene!  We had a wonderful time though.  It was so nice to sleep all night without the fear of being awakened by crying baby.  We watched the nerve wracking Alabama game (Roll Tide!!) and then slept until 8am.  Ahhhh Heaven!  Chattanooga is beautiful this time year.  The leaves were changing in the mountains and it was quite romantic... with my husband sitting in the passenger seat playing video games! Haha!

Tristan did so well at the tourney!  There were a lot of college scouts there which was really exciting for her!  Her favorite school, Tennessee, was there and even contacted her coach today!  We don't know what he said about her yet but I'll let you know soon.  She's only a freshman so a lot can change over the next four years, but it's great to know that she has schools that are interested in her.  Out of about 100 teams her team made it to the finals, however, they lost that game.  But we are still very proud of her and her team!

I had to take Christian to the doctor Friday because he is still congested and snotty.  His right ear is still infected so he got another round of antibiotics.  Poor buddy.  Also, one of his top teeth finally broke through!  So the fact that my parents offered to watch him with all of that going on was pretty awesome!

Here's a picture my mom sent me while we were gone.  It doesn't seem like he's too upset to spend a weekend with his grandparents!  A big Thanks to them for taking such good care of our little man!


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