Archive for December, 2011


The last few years I had such Christmas spirit – it was just magical.  This year I am really having a hard time getting my mojo going.  I think this is impart because it was a time intensive year at work.  We’ve just had to minimize everything to the bare essentials.  Perhaps it’s just backlash from the year.

Perhaps the un-xmas like weather has something to do with it. 

So, as I write this, today is operation holiday spirit (but having a hard time rallying). 

This morning I cuddled with Nathanel for about 10 minutes before we got up and going.  Cuddling with Nathanael is truly precious. I guess if that does make one feel in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

Nathanael also read us 2 books tonight – he’s really getting on a roll with it and his confidence just shown through.  He’s proud and he should be.

I do sometime wonder the effects adoption will have on Nathanael.  He’s always been a bit sensitive to sound/noise/light – and he demonstrated that on Saturday.  He’s done really well in floor hockey and on sat he sort of crumbled.  We missed 2 weeks (thanksgiving and then mom needed a break) – anyway, he just could not do it.  He clung to me and just could not separte.  We encouraged but did turn into assholios.  In the end, we left – it wasn’t worth it.  But, I was sad because he had enjoyed the previous weeks and I hate to see him in such an obvious state of discomfort.  I think he’s doing much better in more stressful environments but we are still in the early stages of him adapting to these situations.  I do think this is a manifestation of our relatively mild adoption issues and if we go slowly, we can work through it.


Building Literacy.

I just received a call voicemail from our son’s Montessori teacher. Nathanel read his first book today. When we joined the school over a year ago she made a point that the first day of reading a book was a big deal and she would reach out to acknowledge his accomplishment.

It’s been so neat to see him start hearing sounds, trying to spell out sounds, linking sounds to letters and now, apparently, to words. It’s a good day.

Next day
I spoke a bit more to his teacher today (who we happen to adore). It really made me want to cry. She said that he did read it with all the usual glitches (reading the right page first etc) but he def read it. She said that afterwards, she stopped the class and made the big announcement and everyone clapped. And the bigger kids came over and congratulated him. He is just so incredibly proud and motivated. I love how she handled all of this.

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: