Archive for July, 2009

23 Months Tomorrow

One more month left until N is two.  Wow.  I can’t help but feel a bit melancholy.  I feel that N is growing up so fast and it hurts my heart a bit.  I know, great things to come but he won’t ever be a baby again.

N at 23 months . . .

*  Very cuddly.  How lucky are we?  He just loves to cuddle.  When we watch TV, he leans up against us and puts his hand in ours.  To die for.  He also needs to be physically touching someone at night.  Of course, when he needs to be carried around after waking or naps, it gets a bit tiring.  Nonetheless, I’ll take it.

*  A good smile but a great laugh.  N has the sweetest laugh – it’s already a belly laugh and it’s just pure happiness.  And N loves to laugh.  He really gets into it.

*  The language skills are getting better.  It’s probably not something that he excels in but we’re not particularly concerned.

*  Physically N is very coordinate and has serious core strength.  He’s just good at things like climbing (can hold on a bar for count of 10) and is sure footed.  The later of which can be quite deceiving – he almost fell 6 feet at the jungle gym but fortunately I caught him and disaster was adverted.

*  We’ve got the 2’s early.  He is very much needing control over almost everything from dressing to food to well, you name it.  I’ve tried to focus less on the effect it’s having on me (annoyance) and what’s motivating the disturbance.  So, we’ve been reframing things from I need to take your shoes off to help me take off your shoes.  We are all still working our way through this new stage . . .

*  N’s face continues to change.  Tonight he was being silly and I commented to Joe that he had his baby face on.  It’s hard to describe, but directly connected to our first (wonderful) trip to Guatemala.

*  Hates, hates, hates having his hand held to cross the street.

*  Not a big breakfast eater and the vegetables are a real weak spot.  He loves fruits, carbs, dairy, and protein.

*  When he’s done with what I call and an eruptor (from happy to sobbing in 20 seconds and then back again) – he wipes his tears away in a very dramatic fashion.  He puts both his hands over his eyes & repeatedly brushes them tears again. 

*  I struggle with how to be the best possible mom.  I still need to work on being present for N at night (vs let work things run amok in my mind).


Some Photos from N’s 18 Month Pictures

Innocent boy . . .


Good smile . . .








22 Months and so much fun

The last few months have been so much fun.  Nathanael’s language skills are improving and he def knows what we are saying.   Tonight he ran almost a mile with Joe.  It was so cute.  He’d run and yell “stop” and then when he was ready to go again he’d yell “go.”  I pushed the stroller, expecting him to need it, but he was fine without thank you very much.   He had so much fun and I loved watching those little legs go.  He also decided to wear a baseball cap, backwards, and it really cracked me up!  Joe was having fun and got a bit of a work out.

It’s just been so much fun the past few months and despite the occasional melt downs, he’s a sweet kid.

Mayan Families

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our adoption has been getting to know and love another culture.  We recently started to sponsor a child through Mayan Families.  Little Wendy is going to pre school – isn’t she just a doll?

Abigail Wendy

Our sponsored child.

Abigail with school suppliers

Look at that great smile!

Abigail with father

We were able to send Wendy’s family a father’s day basket through Mayan Families.

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


Application to agency: 2/7/07 Dossier to agency: 7/30/07
i171h: 9/6/07
Referral: 9/13/07
POA to Guatemala: 9/28/07
DNA auth: 11/29/07
Enter family court: 12/18/07
DNA test: 1/16/08
Birth mother interview: 1/16/08
DNA test results to embassy: 1/23/08
Registered with the CNA: 2/11 (grandfathered in)
Exit family court: 2/11/08
Pre-approval: 3/6/08
Enter PGN: 3/12/08
Exit PGN: 4/16/08
Adoption decree signed: 4/17/08
New birth certificate: 4/22/08
New passport: 4/25/08
Orange: 5/5/08
2nd DNA Test: 5/8/08
Pink: TBD
Embassy appt: