Friday, November 28, 2008

New Things

Atticus likes to help clean.
Norah trying to take off her brother's shoes
Siblings arguing over the telephone already
Putting on Bapa's boots
World's most patient dog
As infants who were adopted internationally, both Norah and Atticus were automatically referred for an evaluation and qualified for early intervention. On Wednesday, we had their six-month case review and both were discharged. When therapy started in May, Norah's goals were to roll over, crawl, and walk. As evidenced by the fact that she never stands still long enough to get a decent picture, she has more than made up for her early days of sitting still.
Atticus's two favorite things this morning: the tablecloth and his doll PeePee

Both of the kids are getting very good at identifying items that are off-limits. They now chant "no, no, NO!" as they open the toilet, unplug cords, push buttons on the telephone, and steal toys from one another.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I need to write a big post with pictures and anecdotes, but I'm too full of turkey and pie right now. It's time to enjoy a quiet evening now that our guests have left and the kids are asleep!

Both babies were fascinated by the Macy's Day Parade this morning. The Rockettes were a particular hit and Atticus did a wonderful job of alerting us to every balloon that came onscreen. The dog show that was on later was also very popular. They are both so good at identifying dogs - even the dumb-looking breeds that look like rats or mops were correctly deemed to be dogs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Think I'll Pass

I'll leave it up to the reader to guess why I'm up at 1:30 AM researching food poisoning online. Apparently, eMedicineHealth has a slideshow of photos I can view on the subject. Somehow, I don't think that would make me feel any better.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Scary Things

Norah has apparently refined her Halloween scary face and was ready to show it to the camera today.
Atticus discovered a frightening (to me) new way to use their favorite push-toy.

Paul has gotten excited about making his first Turducken for Thanksgiving this year - also a little terrifying. Be sure to listen to "The Turducken Song" included at the link site. Dinner should be interesting.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Random Reflection

At my teacher development today we did a VTS activity using a photograph of Ruby Bridges. As I was looking at the picture of a tiny six year-old with pigtails and a determined stance, I lost my breath. I couldn't stop myself from imagining sending Norah off to first grade amidst a mob screaming at her, holding up coffins with little black baby dolls, threatening to poison her food. What kind of courage would it take, as a parent, to choose to march your child into that type of situation? Would I have the strength to risk sacrificing one of my own kids for something I believed in? I'd like to think so, but I have to admit that my gut reaction is a resounding No. Not my child. Can't they send someone else's baby?

Ruby Bridges's mother was a cleaning lady and her father was a gas station attendant who was fired because of their decision to allow Ruby to integrate her grade school. They eventually divorced and Ruby's mom raised their eight children in a Florida housing project. Her grandparents were kicked off the land they'd sharecropped for 25 years because their granddaughter was in the news. Can you imagine?

Of course I have enormous respect for Civil Rights leaders like Dr. King. At the same time, the stories that bring me to tears are most often those of the unsung heroes who never enjoyed fame or admiration - everyday people who took a stand and did their part to make a change.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

One Year Ago...

We got The Call telling us that Atticus and Norah were the children we'd been waiting for. Actually, the anniversary was yesterday, but I fell asleep on the couch before I could post. What a wonderful year it has been!

Norah spends long portions of her days running around the house with no real purpose other than the joy of running. Above she demonstrates what happens when you laugh too hard with a mouthful of kefir.
Last weekend, when the Paul and the kids met me at the airport, Atticus came running with a huge grin to great me. I am such a lucky mom!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day 2008

Atticus and Norah won't remember it, but they went with me to vote last week. I wanted to be able to tell them they'd participated in this portion of history. The wait was an hour long and I'd forgotten to bring a stroller. In the end, they were much more interested in the big picture windows and the power strips giving electricity to all the computers. I was too focused on filling out my ballot and getting out of there to remember to take a picture. Still, they were there.

I don't really believe either of the candidates has the power to do everything he's promised. As I drove to work today, through a neighborhood that was recently denounced as a "forsaken ghetto" in our local newspaper, I was so inspired to see it alive with citizens grinning and waving banners while lining up to vote. My students today were almost as hyper and unruly as I'm used to seeing the day before Christmas break. It was an amazing thing to see. This election has helped people to overcome being disenfranchised and apathetic and that gives me enormous hope for our future as a country.

P.S. Obama Poster by Shepard Fairey