Wednesday, April 30, 2008
In family news, the kids spent their first morning in their Grandma Bebe's daycare while I had some dental work done. I think they really enjoyed it! When I came to pick them up, Atticus spotted me across the room, gave a huge grin, and started speed-crawling toward me. Norah has begun to giggle a lot and smile to show her pretty new teeth. These two children totally have me wrapped around their little fingers.
Public Service Announcement of the Day: I read this blog regularly. It is written by the mother of many children, two of whom were adopted from Ethiopia and are HIV positive. Erin has asked readers to pass along the following facts:
- HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles).
- HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.
- People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do.
If anyone wants more info on transmission, there is great info on the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/transmission.htm
P.S. We took Atticus to the doctor today to make sure he didn't have some sort of illness that was responsible for his night wakeups. No such luck. He was pronounced healthy as a horse. I'm very grateful for that, but wouldn't it have been nice if his insomnia could have been cured by a nice round of amoxicillian?
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I won't be winning any cinematography awards, that's for sure. About 50 seconds into the video I did remember to turn the camera around though so that the video is right-side-up.
When we returned from New York, Paul met us with a swollen looking cheek. He said it seemed to be a gland and didn't really hurt. I finally convinced him on Wednesday to let me schedule a doctor's appointment for today. By then, I'd googled the symptoms and was of course convinced it was a tumor. Google can turn even normal people into hypochondriacs. The doctor's verdict: He has an ear infection that has caused his entire cheek to swell up. It looks like he has the mumps. Hopefully the antibiotics will cure him quickly! I feel like someone in our family has been sick at almost any given point over the past two and a half months. I guess that's what adding new family members, traveling and sleep deprivation will conspire to make happen. I hope we're just about through with the worst of it though.
Below, you can glimpse the most precious real estate in our household these days: my lap.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Today is my little boy's first birthday. We are so lucky to have him in our lives and think he's one of the most delightful kids ever. Paul and I are now one of those boring couples who spend our evenings sitting on the couch talking about how funny our babies are. These are some things Atticus does that bring us joy:
- You know how baby monkeys grab ahold of their mothers so tightly that they stay attached even as their moms are swinging through the trees? That's our Atticus. He has one of the tightest hugs ever and he spends a lot of time asking to be picked up.
- His laugh. This child's giggle makes the whole family laugh along with him.
- He loves to blow bubbles in the tub. Every night we take off his diaper and then watch him speed-crawl naked down the hall and into the bathroom so he can get to the tub. It's so cute!
- These days he's getting really into feeding us his food, but sometimes he offers up a bite of something and then snatches it into his own mouth and giggles.
- Yesterday Norah really wanted to play with some magazine inserts that were on the floor. Atticus kept bringing them over to her and then pulling them away as she reached for them - while laughing of course.
- He's afraid of crawling in the grass and when set on the lawn he pulls his feet into a yoga position and holds his hands above his waist.
- He adores doing gymnastics with Paul flipping and climbing.
- He's beginning to walk around the coffee table and can push his highchair across the kitchen while toddling behind it.
- Electronics fascinate him. Remote controls, the television, the computer, cords...those are his favorite.
I guess it's impossible to put into words what makes your child so special, but suffice it to say we think we were privileged to adopt two of the very, very best. I wish we could communicate to his birth family how much we love him and how fortunate we feel to have him in our lives. I hope they know that at some deep level.
We'll be having a little birthday party this weekend for Atticus and I'm planning to make his first cake. He's too little to understand birthdays, so I don't think delaying the celebration will matter to him. I don't feel quite ready for him to be a toddler yet - afterall he just got home and he's still my baby. It seems as though both kids just get more fun with each passing day though, so I'm sure I'll love this next stage too.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The kids were exhausted today. I woke them up after they'd napped for three hours and then Norah was falling asleep in her highchair tonight. I guess traveling affected them more than I'd thought! My uncle took the pictures above at my grandparents' house over the weekend.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Tonight, however, there are no pictures and I'm off to sit quietly with Paul enjoying a gin and tonic. A weekend getaway with two infants is far more exhausting than traveling by myself!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
On Monday I came down with the virus Paul had last week. I think I was pretty patient while he was sick, but I should have been even more sympathetic and helpful. Yuck. Happily, I think I'm just about over it and should be in good shape for our trip this weekend.
On Saturday the kids and I are flying with my mom to visit my grandparents. In my head, I envision any traveling with the kids as being much like the 47 hour trip home from Ethiopia. I need to keep reminding myself that these flights won't be nearly as bad. Aside from dreading the travel aspect, I'm very excited about introducing Norah and Atticus to more family members. They've both been extremely shy around strangers lately (an excellent sign that they're attaching to us!), so I hope they cooperate and show off how sweet they are!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I've had some requests for more video of our household stars. Finding a camera-worthy minute when I actually have the camera isn't all that easy, however, so here's a little clip of playtime at our house. As a side-note, I definitely have "mom voice" - which is fine when I'm talking to my kids, but concerns me a little since I caught myself last week talking to the trashcan as I was taking out the garbage. "Brrr!!! It sure is cold out here! I should be wearing a coat! Spring will be here soon!" I'm sure I looked like a maniac to the neighbors and I found it worrisome that the instinct to narrate life continued even when I wasn't with my kids. My middle school students will have a field day with it when I return to school and address them as though they're non-verbal infants.
P.S. The last couple of nights have been night-terror free with only simple wakeups for bottles followed by calm returns to sleep. I don't want to write that too big though, just in case it would contribute to jinxing the situation.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Conventional wisdom would say that an 11 month-old should be able to soothe himself back to sleep. If he'd been in our home since birth I would probably be advocating to let Atticus cry it out at night. The social worker reassured me though that these midnight cries are probably a way of testing his security here in his new home. He's been through so many changes and he needs to know that we're going to comfort him. In addition, he allayed my fears that we'll spoil Atticus by going to him or create a monster that never, ever sleeps. Deep down, this feels like the right advice to me. I really, really wanted someone to tell us what to do and I finally got that!
Of course, the bad news here is that Paul and I need to keep getting up at night!
In other good news, Norah just rolled over from front-to-back and back-to-front while I was watching her! Right in a row! Progress on rolling over has been slow, so I'm delighted to see her making some strides. She looked really proud of herself!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
This week hasn't been terribly remarkable. Paul has had an awful cold that I'm hoping the kids won't catch. We took a few steps backward in terms of sleep and had a couple of really bad nights. Atticus is exploring constantly. This week he has mastered pulling up on any available object and he can now seek out the poor dog when she tries to take refuge on the couch or up on a chair.
We had 600 square feet of soil delivered today for a gardening project. I requested it for my anniversary present this year. As soon as it resembles anything other than a big pile of dirt, I will post pictures!