Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fun Fun

We went to Tuscaloosa this weekend and stayed with my parents.  Tristan's tournament was there so it worked out well.  She did great and John was one proud dad.  She had a triple that ended up winning one of the games.  She also gunned down at girl trying to steal 2nd base!  They ended up winning the tournament.
Christian is into everything these days.  When we were at my parents my dad put him inside a box.  Now he has been climbing inside them whenever he gets the chance. 
Boxes are fun
I call this one "Mama needs a glass of wine."

Cooking with Dad.
This past Sunday was gorgeous.  We took lil man outside and had a blast.  He loved throwing the tennis ball for Lexi.  He has also been doing better at school.  He only cried for a few seconds when John left him this morning.  Today and yesterday he didn't whine for me to hold him the second I walked in the door to get him.  He actually played for a few more seconds and then brought me a toy.  He's so sweet. 

He has started kissing when I ask for one.  It's a big, slobbery, open mouth kiss and it's wonderful.  He has also started screaming when he doesn't get what he wants the second he wants it.  That is not so cute.  It's not a cry or a whine, it's a scream.  He will walk up to the cabinet where I keep his cookies and scream at it.  Then he'll look at me and scream; then back to the cabinet and scream.  At least he's learning to communicate...

Please keep my dad in your prayers.  He was pretty sick when we were there this weekend.  He only has two more treatments and hopefully he'll be cancer free!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I did it!

I ran my first 5K and I wasn't the last person to finish!  Yay!  Of course, Saturday was the coldest day in the last few weeks so I was freezing!  My goal was to run it under 45 minutes and I ran it in just under 42 minutes!  I know that's not a great time but it was great for me!  John ran it with me and was basically running circles around me.  I know it was hard for him to hold back and stay with me, especially since he's so competitive.  But he did and it was a great bonding experience.

Christian started a new class on Monday.  I am not adjusting very well.  I have shed quite a few tears about it.  They say he is adjusting well but I've been watching him on the cameras and he doesn't seem very happy. He cries when John leaves him in the morning too which he never did with his old class.  These teachers just aren't as affectionate or attentive as his old teachers.  Hopefully it will get better over the next couple of weeks.  I mean it's not like they're torturing him or anything. I'm just an overprotective, overly sensitive mom.  He doesn't look too upset here does he??  Even though I totally messed up his hair while trying to trim his bangs!

Yia Yia and Papou went back to Canada Sunday morning.  We thoroughly enjoyed their visit and miss them already.  Christian loved being spoiled by them.

Tristan has her first high school softball game tomorrow night.  We are so proud of her!  She made the varsity team as a Freshman.  Pretty amazing!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Party! Party! Party!  Christian loved his party!

Hmmm... What's in here?
The spread


He wasn't sure about the icing.

Lexi was a little jealous

My sister with lil big man
Jessica getting some snuggles
He had his 12 month doctor's appt Friday.  His stats were:
     Weight = 27 lbs (94%)
     Height = 31 3/4 inches (92%)
     Six teeth (Seventh one is about to push through)

He is still a big boy.  Haha!  His doctor said that his growth will probably slow down over the next year and other kids will start catching up with him.  He loves his Yia Yia & Papou being here.  He follows Papou around trying to mimic everything he does.  He still has blue eyes.  The doctor said that if they're still blue at 15 months they'll probably stay blue.  We'll see... I still think they'll turn brown.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Birthday Boy

Our day in pictures...

1 year monkey picture

Yia Yia made him a cookie

Sweet boy with mom & dad

With Big Sister

Grandparents and Grandkids

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1 year

I can't believe my sweet boy will be 1 tomorrow!  ONE!  I wasn't expecting to have so many emotions.  Of course, I thought I would be happy and excited.  I wasn't anticipating the sadness, guilt and heartache I would feel.  I can't imagine what his birth mother must be going through right now.  One year ago tomorrow she chose to let us parent her beautiful baby boy.  I am sure she will shed many, many tears tomorrow while we are celebrating and having fun.  It makes me wish that she had wanted an open adoption.  I would love to tell her what a smart, sweet, adorable, energetic, happy little boy he is.  However, I totally understand that she needed a clean break.  That's what she felt was best for her and I will respect it.

On to a brighter note, John's parents arrived on Saturday.  Christian already loves them to pieces.  He wouldn't even come to me when his Yia Yia was holding him this morning.  He's going to be spoiled rotten! Here's a cute picture of him with his Papou.

Major update:  Christian didn't wake up for his late night bottle last night.  He slept from 7pm - 6:30am for the first time ever!  Yay!  He had two dinners last night which may have been why.  When I came home at 4:30 his Yia Yia and Papou were giving him dinner.  They both looked at me and said the same thing, "He was hungry!"  They didn't have to tell me.  I know how hungry that little man is!  Then he ate again when we ate at 6:00pm.  We tried two dinners again tonight to see if it's the key.


Friday, February 1, 2013

The Call

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary that we received "The Call."  The call that changed our lives forever.  I couldn't have imagined how different my life would be when she was telling me about this opportunity that she was only about 30-40% sure would come to be.  I remember her asking me if we would like to pursue this adoption when there were so many uncertainties.  That decision.... that one decision.... would have changed everything.  But there was no question in my mind.  If God was presenting this opportunity then we need to pursue.  I thank God every day that we did. 

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy.  John is working a lot.  He hasn't been getting home until right around the time that I'm putting Christian down.  I have been working a lot.  I've been logging in from home after lil man goes to sleep.  I have been sick for two weeks with a sinus infection that wouldn't budge.  I'm now on my second round of antibiotics and they seem to be doing the trick.  Thankfully Christian and John haven't been sick.  Lil man just seems to keep a crusty nose but he's good other than that.  Tristan has softball practice every day for 4 hours a day.  She doesn't like it.  That's too much... she has school and a social life too.  They shouldn't be working 14 year olds that hard.  I hope she doesn't burn out.  She's always loved softball so much.  She has her first high school dance tonight.  It's a Saddie Hawkins dance where she had to ask the boy.  John got some pictures and said he was going to sneak in a threat to the little kid who was her date. Haha!  And one more thing to top off an eventful few weeks, I had to have a colonoscopy today.  My mom came up last night so she could take me this morning.  The prep was the worst part!  But everything turned out well and I didn't have any abnormalities.  Hopefully my dad didn't pass down his bad colon to me.  Thank goodness I won't have to have another one for 5 years.

We are so excited that tomorrow Yia Yia and Papou are coming.  They're staying for two weeks! YAY!  Maybe we can talk them into a few more :)
First time on a swing
Tristan with her date

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