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.


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Application to agency: 2/7/07 Dossier to agency: 7/30/07
i171h: 9/6/07
Referral: 9/13/07
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DNA auth: 11/29/07
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DNA test: 1/16/08
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