Not serious but…

Mason had to have some surgery last week. He had a two fatty lipomas that we chose to have removed.  They were not overly huge like some of these tumors get, but one was in a location on his chest which if it did grow could affect his mobility. I took him in and they took him away before I could even say goodbye which was more than a little sad.  When I picked him up in the afternoon he was quite excited to see me… and I must admit I was shocked by the size and look of the incision. It looks like an ugly caterpillar on the outside of his body.

Mason has been quite a trooper. He slept a lot the first day and hasn’t been scratching yet which is a relief.  It still looks like the lipoma is there since it is full of fluid right now, but hoping the fluids will go down soon.

While he was under we decided to also have his teeth cleaned – it is so nice to get a kiss from a doggy with good breath!

 

9 Years!

Last Wednesday Matt and I celebrated 9 years of marriage! It’s hard to believe that it has been that long. We have gone through so much in those 9 years.  We’ve lived in 2 apartments, owned 2 houses, bought a cottage property, adopted a dog, dealt with numerous surgeries,  infertility, loss of grandparents, traveled to Victoria BC, NYC, Montreal, Boston, and the trip of a lifetime – Seoul. The adoption of Alex was definitely the best thing we have ever done.

To celebrate our anniversary, we cooked a special meal on Wednesday night and enjoyed some cheeses and wine, but the real celebrations were on the weekend. Since it was Family Day on Monday, Matt and I were able to get away Sunday to Monday. We went to Niagara on the Lake – the prettiest town in Ontario. Seriously – it is NOTHING like Niagara Falls. Think quaint buildings from 1830 (most of the city was burned down by the US (ahem) in war of 1812). There are amazing restaurants, shops and the view of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River are beautiful. The Inn we stayed in was gorgeous – I really recommend it if you are ever around there.  We went to a winery – something the area is well known for – but because of a bus trip it was very busy so we just bought our wine and left.

We strolled around downtown, enjoyed a pint at an Irish pub, had a great meal at a local restaurant, and then were sleeping by 10pm. I know – party animals! The next day was beautiful – blue skies, decent temperatures so after a stroll we decided to head home to spend some of family day with Alex.

Irish beer at an Irish pub

Downtown NOTL

Quaintest SB ever - 1830 building.

The Oban Inn - where we stayed

Fort Niagara - on the US side of the river

Back home with my boys for a little driveway hockey

In the penalty box


And the plan for our 10 year anniversary is… to go to the Dominican for New Years! December 30th can’t come soon enough!

3 years and 283 days

That’s how old Alex is right now – and I can tell you – it’s (knock on wood) a fantastic age. The Stats Alex is 39″ tall, and about 35lbs. He’s wearing 3T pants and for the most part 4T shirts. I am having a real issue with socks. I can’t figure out the sizing for the life of me – so let’s just say we have a good stash of socks for when our boy is about 7 years old…  He is wearing a 9 in shoes. Sleep
For the most part Alex is now sleeping pretty well. After Christmas we had a very rough few weeks where Alex crying at bedtime, wanting us to lay with him or sit in his room. We did sit in the doorway, and it often took up to an hour for him to fall asleep. Then he was up numerous times crying through the night. Now he is going to sleep on his own again, without us in his room, but he is still getting up most nights once and we take turns going in to sleep with him. Not the ideal situation – but hey – we all get some sleep. This past week we have had a number of nights where he has slept until about 6:30 without a wake up – so that has been very nice.

Food
Alex has been up and down with food. Some days he will eat everything on his plate and ask for more – others he picks at his dinner like a bird – even with his favourite dishes. I guess that’s what toddlers do! He’s really on a strawberry kick for some reason too.

Speech
Alex’s speech is coming along amazingly!!  Over the last 2 weeks we have seen remarkable changes. He talks NON STOP. Asking lots of questions, using lots of different words, repeating us constantly. It’s been so much fun! He still doesn’t always pronounce endings to words and has difficulty with F, S, T, some Ps, L – but we are going to the Speech Pathologist next week so hopefully she can give us a hand there. Some Alexisms

  • Oh Ma Ma!
  • Me do, Me do!
  • I’m Spiderman, you are Superman
  • I want… I want… Spiderman, Superman, Batman party
  • Me Big Boy, not baby boy
  • Oh Momma – Nice Day!
  • The moon see’s me! (a fun game we play on the way home from the sitters)
  • Ohh – I like that house (when driving by a new subdivision)
  • and today before he left for the sitters – Momma Kiss Me 🙂

Other Fun Stuff

  • Like previously mentioned, Alex loves the Larry the Bird app on my phone. He will play with that thing for 30+ minutes. He loves to sing “Single Ladies” to it and hear Larry repeat.
  • Alex likes to dress himself – socks included. He is quite particular about what he wears – doesn’t like jeans so much and most days will wear only Montreal Canadiens or superheros shirts.
  • Loves to play with play-doh – but man is that a messy endeavor! Must teach him to sweep.
  • When Alex “has to go” he can now go into the bathroom, do his business, wipe, and wash up all on his own. Often he wants us to hold his hand… seriously… but sometimes he does it all on his own!
  • If we “eat” his nose, eye, ear… he will do it right back to us – or take his nose back and put it on again.

So readers, 3’s are not so terrible… this week at least!

Nini

A co-worker just passed me this book no less than 5 minutes ago and I must share it with you all.

It’s called Nini by Francois Thisdale and it is the most beautiful adoption story. Nini is a Chinese adoption story (as many adoption stories are) about the promise of love, family and home.

I highly recommend it (and I recommend that you have tissues as well).

3 Years Together!

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time that Alex was not with us – but it really has just been three years.  Three years ago we walked as a family of two into the SWS and after a very emotional goodbye, left as a family of three. We were very blessed that Alex was so easy going and really just rolled with the changes. He has always been a pretty happy little boy – something I love to see. He still sucks on his two fingers – something that warms my heart and drives me crazy at the same time.  He still has the same infectious laugh.

Yesterday I went to an AMAZING Asian grocery in London, United Supermarket to get supplies for our dinner. As soon as I walked in I smiled. The smells were so much like Seoul. The produce department was just amazing – next time I will take pictures. And just like Seoul – it was crowded! I wish I could have stayed longer to check out all the different departments – but I had a friend waiting in the car – just gives me an excuse to go back!

I made Tangsuyuk (pork) for dinner. That was our favourite dish while in Seoul from a restaurant in the Yeoksam subway station – I think it was called Pateo (sp?) – it was an Asian fusion style restaurant that had a lot of Chinese offerings so that’s why the Tangsuyuk.  It was pretty darn good for my first attempt! Matt had made it 2 years ago for us too. We had kimchi and “Hite” beer.  We also had some of those jelly cups and a rice cake filled with red bean paste… yum!

And this was a small carrot at the Asian market.

Our "Hite" - they don't sell it locally 😦

Dinner is served.

After dinner Alex was gracious enough to wash all the dishes for us. (I will be rewashing them this morning)

Little man in training.

Our little boy is so amazing! I can not imagine a life without him.