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Last day of 3

Twins game thus completes treat day on friday (complete with crown) 2 parties yesterday and twins game today.

Life is good.

Shutting Down 3

As we near the end of 3, it’s time to be reflective of the year. My husband said the other day that you think it can’t get any better and it does. That pretty much sums up our year.

We started with a big bang with his birthday party. It was a great day – lots of work – but so worth it. He was so happy and it meant so much to him.

Montessori has been a great thing. It started out rocky with many tears (on both our parts) – I hated leaving him and it broke my heart to see him so uncomfortable but slowly he got his groove on. I’m not sure all kids are Montessori kids, but it’s been really good for him. He likes structure, he likes the “work”, he likes learning. He spent endless hours practicing his letters oh so carefully (and at times with too much perfection in mind). He learned to zip up his coat (again, lots of time intensely focused on this perhaps a bit too much). They have Spanish and music classes and he seemed to really enjoy them. He also took a computer course to learn the basics of it and got it down.

He made some friends and generally thrived. He was one of the younger kids this year so it was interesting to see him evolve from big man in day care to little one. He had a good class of kids – really fortunate in that regard. He made a few good buddies and it was great to see him thrive that way.

One of the aspects of his development I have enjoyed the most this past year is his imagination and his ability to play. It’s fun to see his imagination at work. It’s great to see him snuggle with his stuffed aniamls in the evening. Zach and N have developed a little game that always ends in tears but it’s way too much fun while it’s happening – they find an item and each try and grab it from one another. Ultimately, Zach gets a bit too rough but he’s had several warnings to the effect that it’s getting too rough etc but so far, no major trauma other than some big tears after Zach pretty much gives him the throw down. It’s probably not the funnest but nearly as brutal as the pile driver that Zach used to do with infant N (didn’t matter if N was there or not, if Zach wanted to get some place that N was at – well, Zach would just push N aside like a little rag doll – that used to make me freak out.)

He was the standard naughty boy stuff -he didn’t want to eat his waffle this morning and “dropped” it so the dog at it. (We got a time out for that.) He gets a little competitive with the other kids. He occasionally talks to mommy in a tonality that might suggest he’s irritated with me but for the most part, he’s relaly well behaved (thank you montessori).

He also has this little world of characters/toys/tv shows that is foreign to me. So, when he mentions some crazy name (e.g., Chick-bolee) and I’ll ask him to repeat himself – he will. But, in a slow, ocassionally condescending voice that where he says a syllabel, has me repeat it, and then does the next syllabel. Mostly, it’s cute but occasionally it’s clear that he thinks I’m a total idiot (which I am at times).

We had a terrific vacation last week and I loved spending time with everyone. Nathanael enjoyed but he still seems a bit freaked out by Uncle T and his cousins. (When they were in the room he would turn around and leave, he’d keep shutting the in-between door between the rooms so he wouldn’t have to see them, he’d insist on sitting as far away from them at dinner as possible etc. ) I asked him why he acted the way they did and he simply said they were “big and tough.” We’ll keep working on this because it’s not good. . .

Tita came home last week and he was so excited and it was so neat to see how much he missed her and genuinely cares for her. He continues to hug-on and love-on her and it makes us all feel good.

Only a few more days of 3 and I plan to appreciate them. I know Nathanael is thrilled to be 4 and will thrive but I’m a bit bittersweet as it’s been an amazing year.


Little E



This is an outfit we sent him!

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i171h: 9/6/07
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POA to Guatemala: 9/28/07
DNA auth: 11/29/07
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DNA test: 1/16/08
Birth mother interview: 1/16/08
DNA test results to embassy: 1/23/08
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Orange: 5/5/08
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