Archive for July, 2010

One Month Until 3

Nathanael’s development never ceases to amaze me.  He’s one energetic kid right now and he gets a big 2nd burst about 9pm.  This means running around the house screaming “catch me! catch me!” and generally squeaking very loudly.  It’s cute but after a while it gets tiresome.

Today Nathanael learned a new phrase “speak up!”  So all evening he told me to “speak up, speeeaak upp, sppeeakkk UPPPPP!”  Followed by a big laugh.  Sometimes at night, he lays in bed and just laughs.  I’m not sure what’s going through this brain but he’s clearly replaying something.

We’re back onto a big hockey phase.  It’s all hockey, all the time. 

Who knew that a 3 year old boy would be so particular about clothes?  He has very specific likes and dislikes.  And he likes what an almost 3 year old likes:  t-shirts with fun graphics, comfy shorts that are light blue (not dark blue) and Elmo shoes (no sandles).  I finally bought a few pair of shorts he already has.  By Thursday, we are out of his favorites and well, it’s just hard.

I’m going to try and enjoy the last month of 2.  2 has been such an amazing year – so much development, so much personality, so much chatting!  I look forward to 3 but it brings a tear to my eye to think that we’ll be done with 2.



We are absolutely having a blast with almost 3 Nathanael.  He told us a knock knock joke this week-end.  He almost fell over laughing at the knock knock joke I told him (who doesn’t love a good audience?).  And he get things almost right . . . like today he told me how much he likes his BugMan sticker and I had to break it to him that’s it’s BatMan. 

A few highlights:

*  Nathanael has taken to yelling “mom!” all over the house.  I love it.  “Mom!  Mom! where on the bundads? (bandaids)”
*  Nathanael calls daddy “my pop” on occasion.  Or when he really wants his attention “Joe!”
*  We went boating on Lake Minnetonka on Friday night.  It was the first outing of the season, Nathanael did great.  He was a little hesitant but all in all – wondreful.
*  I really can’t get over how sweet natured he is.  He’s just a kind, sweet kid who will say “thanks Mom” for little things.
*  We started a gymnastics class.  He was being a big sourpuss with the other kids in his group (all girls) – the coach pulled him over to the boy group (a year or so older) and he did great.  Nathanael really responded well to Coach Brian which is really saying something because he usually shy’s away from new men big time.
*  Transitions are still really hard for him.  He doesn’t do well in new environments.  He just gets really clingy and he’s quite unsure.  It’s hard to see him so fearful.

My college friend Toni will be visiting for a few days next week and Nathanael keeps asking about her.  He gets the tense a bit wrong “where did Toni go?” alternatives with “when is Toni coming?” 

We are hoping that a high school student from Guatemala will be here for the upcoming school year.  It’s not yet final but it will be wonderful to have another female around the house.  I love my boys but .  . .


We need some seating for the front yard.  Joe purchased 2 $30 unpainted Adirondack  chairs at Home Depot.  Joe and I thought painting them would be a good project for Mommy and Nathanael.  Do not delude yourself into this thinking.  It’s a silly romantic notion.  This little project turned into a complete derailer.  Nathanael was sloshing paint all over the place.  And, I forgot about how much I dislike to paint.  And then the dog was into it.  And our little neat freak was alternately splashing the paint all over the place and then screaming about how he didn’t like the paint on his hands.

So, after 15 minutes of this we turned to plan b.  Plan B was Joe putting the chairs together and using that fancy painting contraption to spray the paint on.  But, then the chair was missing a part.  So Joe went to HD and they were out of chairs.  Now the chairs sit in piece in our garage – Road Kill.  I told Joe to toss them but he still thinks he can make it work.   Me?  I’m over it.

(Yes, that’s really Nathanael’s generously sized head.  It looks seriously huge and like it’s photoshopped on.)

sticky, sweaty, dirty, loud, fun, cranky, and bossy

Pretty much sums up our 4th of July week end.

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: