Another Step Forward… and this and that

Yesterday we received a copy of the court documents from our agencies lawyer’s office to review before they send them to the courts – and beside the fact that Matt’s birth year was 1906 instead of 1976, everything looked perfect.  Monday they are sending us originals that we need to sign and then they go to the courts to have the adoption finalized!!

I’ve felt like such a bad blogger – I’ve been so busy – work, being a mommy, being a wife – I know – I’ve mentioned it before.  But after working on a computer all day long, I find it hard to want to sit in front of one again once I get home.   So until I get into the real groove of everything, I unfortunately won’t be posting as often – but I will still try to comment on my favourite blogs.   Please forgive me!

On the Alex front, I think he had a major growth spurt this week.  Sunday his shoes fit.  Monday and Tuesday his shoes were snug.  Wednesday they did not fit at all.  Even his cute little crocs.  He is also feeling so much heavier (my biceps are seriously getting huge!).  So today I went shopping with a friend and got him some new runners, 2 pairs of new jeans and a cute shirt.  I wanted to get him a halloween costume, but the one I wanted just didn’t seem warm enough for going out to the neighbours (we usually have had snow at least once before Halloween – so you never know what is in store!) 

He is also still continuing not to nap at the sitters.  On Tuesday it was so bad that he fell asleep in his highchair for the first time!  We thought it was so funny we took video and pics.  Here’s the video – we obviously need to work on our cinematography…

Imagine Adoption Update

Great News! Imagine Adoption is Revived!
Clients of bankrupt ‘Imagine Adoption’ have voted overwhelmingly in favour of reviving the Cambridge-based agency. At a creditors meeting in Kitchener Monday they voted by a 248-20 margin to support the restructuring plan. Clients will have to pay an extra four-thousand dollars along with any outstanding fees, to get the agency up and running again with a new board of directors and a new executive director.
Source- CJCS

This is in follow-up to my previous post about Imagine Adoption going bankrupt.

More information on the CBC

New Toy

On Sunday we decided Alex “needed”  a new toy.  So we headed down to the W*llm*rt in K-W and bought Alex his first real car.   I tried to take an action shot – but the car is just too darn fast!

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But of course, what is his favourite part of his new car?  The box.

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Child Care

Well, it has been two full weeks since Alex has been in child care full-time – and for the most part I think it is going pretty well.  He has only cried once when I left (and selfishly I was cheering on the inside – yeah for attachment!), but he plays very well with the other children, and of course eats very well.  The one problem is napping.  The first week, the most he slept was just under an hour.  One day it was 10 minutes.  This past week was usually an hour, and then one day it was closer to 2 hours.  So he is getting better.  The first 2 days of the weekend after child care, naps at our place were horrible too – he didn’t want to settle – but I think it was just a reaction to the change.  Now he is napping well for me again too. 

One cute story that Megan told me about Alex.  Last week they were playing on the front lawn, and Alex kept saying “Bahh, Bahhh” (like he says for pretty much everything) but he was pointing in a crab apple tree at a bright red crab apple.  Megan picked it for him, and when he got it in his little hands, he said “Ball” – Megan then replied – “No, Apple”.  Alex looked at the apple, walked to the front door to be let in, then walked into the kitchen and gave it to Megan for her to cut up for him.  She didn’t feed him the crab apple, but gave him some regular apple – but I thought that was a very cute story.

When Alex is now at home, I really notice how much he is trying to say different words again.  He is much more vocal that’s for sure.  He is also doing things that I have never seen before – for instance, actually blowing bubbles (with his soap bubbles), and he is now moving his little ride on cars with his feet rather than insisting that he gets pushed.  He is also now getting off furniture much more smoothly (he always did before – but he is much better at it), and tonight… HE WALKED UP THE STAIRS WITHOUT OUT HELP!!  Not just one or two, but a whole flight.  Where has my baby gone?  That is the one thing that really bothers me about Alex being at a sitters – I miss the new firsts.  Sure I got the first words, the first steps, but there will be so much more that I will find out second hand and that is sad.

Peek!  Hiding out in the closet

Peek! Hiding out in the closet

Sleeping with Doggy

Sleeping with Doggy

On my bookshelf

I really hope you don’t mind me sharing what I’m reading – but I LOVE to read!

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
Can you imagine? Your child having brittle bone disease?  Every move that they make could turn into a trip to the Emergency Room.  Takes a very strong person…

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The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim
I haven’t started this one yet – but it is a coming of age story about a young girl in Japanese occupied Korea.

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Once They Hear my Name: Korean adoptees and their journeys toward identity
I hope I’m ready to read this one.  It has positive stories – and not so positive ones.  I must admit – it is one fear that I have – whether or not Alex will at some point wish he was never adopted.  I hope this book will help demonstrate some of the things that causes an adopted child to feel resentment.

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Crazy Busy… But Fun Labour Day Weekend

Matt and I were lucky enough to both have a 4 day long weekend – so we packed as much in as we could.  For the last little while we have been doing some redecorating at our place.  Nothing too drastic – just some repainting for the most part.  My brother, who was doing the painting, finished up in our rec room on Friday while Matt, Alex and I ventured to Ikea.  I could spend hours in that store – there is just so much cool stuff.  We went there to go get a new tv console because last weekend we gave in and purchased…  a 46″ plasma tv (and a PS3)!  Ikea is about 90 minutes away so there is always a question as to how Alex will react.  He was perfect on the way there and slept most of the way – but the way home was a different story.  He cried and cried which was weird since it was his normal nap time and usually falls asleep in the car no problem.  Eventually he slept for about 20 min.  We also bought a new shelving unit to organize the crazy toy situation that has grown in our rec room.  When we have pictures back up on the walls I will take pics.  I rented a carpet cleaner that day too and cleaned the carpets to make the room extra fresh. 

Saturday however we woke to a nasty surprise.  Poor Mason must have gotten into something because he had been sick 7 times on the freshly cleaned carpets.  Thank goodness we still had the carpet cleaner!  My poor boy was out of sorts all day getting sick on and off and really just laying around.  He looked so uncomfortable.  Saturday night I actually gave him Pepto to ease his tummy and it seemed to work because by Sunday morning he was back to normal.  Poor guy. 

Sunday morning Alex and I went on a bike ride to a different park than our regular one, and he had a blast!  Last time we were there he could hardly walk – now he was running all over!

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Saturday and Sunday we put the room back together and things look pretty sweet.  Now we just need new leather furniture…  Has anyone ever bought leather from Ikea?  We found a set there we liked, but it seems weird buying that sort of item at Ikea, usually everything comes dismantled in a box.  We had to show it off and had some neighbours over for dinner and drinks Sunday night.  It was lots of fun.  The girls chatted.  The guys played Tiger Woods Golf.  The night went way too late (3am) and we paid the price this morning.  Thank goodness Matt let me sleep in a bit – I really needed it (red wine headaches are the worst!).

Today to celebrate Labour day we just vegged during the morning and this afternoon we went to a local hiking area called the Old Grove.  It is one of my fav places  to go in the Fall  – the only downfall is that it is located beside the city sewage treatment plant so it can get a little smelly….  Alex loved the walk and got to explore a bit.  My favourite picture is the one with him holding my hand – love it!

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Me and my Little Man

Honest Scrap Award

Catherine at I Smell Elephants  gave me an Honest Scrap Award.  Thanks, Catherine!  You rock!

Here’s what I’m supposed to do:

1. Choose 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design

2. Show the 7 winners’ names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they have won the Honest Scrap award (I hope you just find yourself here and play along).

This part is hard – so many of you already have received this award. 

3. List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

  1. I need to dye my hair every 6-8 weeks due to greying.  I’ve been dying my hair since I was in my early 20’s for grey coverage. 
  2. I have 2 tattoos – one is a tribal sort of design across my lower back and the other is a ladybug on my hip.  A third one is coming this Fall.   Not something you expect when you see me – or think of when you think Librarian.
  3. My dad died when his canoe capsized in Lake Huron in 1996.  I had a big fight with him before he went out on the water – and it continues to bother me that we never resolved our differences. 
  4. I have a lot of great friends – but no real ‘best friend’.  Time just drew us all in different directions.
  5. I am a fan of Jon and Kate plus 8.  I first started watching it to admire the kids since they are part Korean. 
  6. I am not a fan of kimchi – I know – I have to work on that one.
  7. I’m a horrible procrastinator.  I always delay house work and assignments. It was really bad in University. 
  8. I used to be a real picky eater.  I still am to an extent – but it got MUCH better when I lived in Ottawa and tried a lot of different ethnic foods.
  9. I too, like Christine, wish I had more crafting time.  I have many projects on the go – but never seem to have enough time to finish them.   Who knows how the fall craft show will go – especially combined with my procrastination problem.
  10. I hate cleaning – probably due to my days as a housekeeper at a local hotel.  Now that I’m back to work I am going to arrange a housekeeper to come in every week.

There – that wasn’t too painful