Archive for September, 2010

On the Road/Reflections

I’ve been really lucky that last few years and haven’t had to travel much.   I had a long day to Boise, ID last week.  And right now I’m on a Indy, ATL trip.  I was super stressed about this trip last week but now that I’m on it – we’re making it work.

Life until Oct 18 will be crazy at work.  So, I just have to remember to keep cool. Keep calm.  Keep it real.

3 has been, well, interesting.  N has had some real moments.  And we in turn have real moments as well.  We had a few rough patches during the 2’s but usually in a matter of weeks it was fine.  I’m not sure how 3 will turn out.

The good news.

N pretty much knows all of his letters. 
N can pretty much dress himself.  He just confirms which way is forward on his clothes.
N continues to have specific taste in clothes.  Right  now the spider man tennis shoes and sports shirts are tops.  N also loves a football helmet (Vikings).
N is incredibly playful.  I have to stop thinking about how much I need him to do X and just enjoy the playfulness. 
N continues to be well bonded and a boy who loves to cuddle.  I think my favorite parts of the day are when we are watching TV and he insists that my arms go around him.  He often puts his head on my shoulder.  I love this.
Nathanael loves to play with Tita and Tita is just wonderful with him.  He loves to hang on her and they often have great giggles together.  It just makes me happy.
N loves his daddy.  His first word when he gets up is usually “daddy.”  He loves his daddy.

Now the trying parts.
We are getting sassy.  Recently the saying has been “don’t talk about it.”  For example, Nathanel let’s put on our PJ “DON’T TALK ABOUT IT” or Nathanael, your shirt goes this way “DON’T TALK ABOUT IT.”  Obviously, he doesn’t want to talk about it but mommy just can’t help but talk about it.
N is strong.  Generally, this is a good thing.  Except when you need to get a kid in a car seat in the morning and boy oh boy, it takes all your strength.
At times, he’s just down right defiant.  He’ll go outside without asking and then get a time out.  It is world war 3 but some things are just not negotiable.
It’s going to be an intersting year.

Tita seems to be doing well.  Tita recently had a birthday and it was wonderful to celebrate with her.  She’s s terrific kid and I’m so glad she’s living with us.

First Fart Joke

I believe we have officially started the farty/poopy etc years. 

I asked Nathanael his name last night & he said Nathanael Farty.

And then he laughed and laughed and laughed.

Photos

I didn’t take nearly enough photos this summer and our videos are very, very lacking.  We have to get on this.  But, it was still a very nice summer .  . .

With Adam

Ugh.

A little glum on vacation. . .

With his buddy Riley

Our beautiful, amazing Tita – sophomore at Edina

Happy 3rd!

Big 2 Weeks

We’ll we’ve had a big few weeks in our housefold.  So far, so good! 

Nathanael is transitioning into his montessori.  The drop offs are still rough but I think it’s going well.  I’m still having a hard time getting my head around the Montessori “way” but I keep telling myself that we wanted a philosophy/approach.  The teachers say he is doing really well.  This makes me happy to think we are raising a secure little boy.  I continue to like his teachers very much.  While I miss the kids and the familiarity of the old school, I think this is a good decision for us.

Tita had her first day of school on Monday.  I was nervous for her and she was as well.  But, I think she’s doing really well and I think she has terrific teachers (except one).  She seems engaged and comfortable.  Tita’s schedule:  economics, drawing/painting, English, Chinese, Geometry, and Chemistry.  I think it will keep her on her toes but I think she’s up to it.  I’m enjoying talking to her about her classes and the schools made some good/interesting changes since I went there.  Most teachers seem to have a good teaching style and Tita tells me they even have good music during the time between classes.  Cool!

I love to see Tita and Nathanael play.  It’s very sweet and they seem to be developing a very good relationship.  What a joy.  Pictures to come.


Little E



This is an outfit we sent him!

Process

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: