Monday, September 29, 2008
After everyone else left, Steven and I went back to the baby play area. I think Steven enjoyed playing on the alligator. . .he didn't want to look at me for any of the pictures. He was just way too busy having fun!
This past week in PA, he learned so many new things. He can now pull himself up to furniture, crawl on his hands and knees, and is getting way too fast cruising around furniture. While he's at it, he can also bend over and pick up something off the floor without falling over. He also is now waving hi/bye consistently and enthusiastically. At one rest stop, Steven started randomly waving to everyone we passed :)
My life just got a whole lot busier since Steven can get from one place to another to another in a matter of seconds!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
After the donuts, we went to see the various animals. Here he is talking to the Emus.
Yelling to the Ducks
My Little Worm
Little Bumblebee (Don't you just love the tongue??)
The Scarecrow and a Black Cat
5:00ish--Get up with Steven who is wide awake and completely soaked. (Not surprising since he went to bed at 6:30 last night!) Mark had gone in and turned on his cd player, but it hadn't worked. I was surprisingly awake, so I got up with him when I heard him still crying a little bit later. (I slept in guest room to avoid Mark's germs, so I didn't have the monitor near me.)
5:15--Give the buddy a bath (he needed one anyway, and what else is there to do at 5:15??).
5:45--Put on Steven's ointment and powder, put creamy baby oil in his hair and on his scalp.
6:15--Give Steven an 8 oz. bottle with the sippy cup handles attached.
6:30--Complete meltdown since bottle was gone and is practically inconsolable.
6:45--Play with Steven while Mark (now awake) changes Steven's sheets.
6:55--Read books, sing songs, put Steven back in crib.
6:57--Little buddy stops crying and is fast asleep.
8:15--Going back to bed too!
I'm hoping he sleeps for quite a while and still takes his nap. I'm being optimistic, I know, but I can always hope, right?? I'll need his nap time to work on laundry and making lists for our big trip on Thursday.
There's so much to do before taking the little buddy out of town! (And even more so when leaving him with the in laws for several days--been busy writing instructions and bedtime routines!)
I don't remember the exact title of it, but it is Beth Moore's study on the fruit of the spirit. The overall theme is living beyond yourself, and boy did I have the opportunity to practice that this week! I got some bad news at work this week, and after crying, stressing, praying, and feeling sick to my stomach half the week, God has worked things out better than I thought possible. The entire time I just kept going over in my mind what we had talked about at Bible study.
This week I also helped my parents with their moving sale. We had timed it to be the same weekend as their subwide sale, but we weren't seeing the usual signs up. They've been really late at getting them up in the past, so we didn't think too much of it. We double checked the sub calander, and it was listed for the weekend. However, when it was Wednesday night and there were still no signs, my mom called the person in charge. It turns out it is next weekend, despite what the calendar said. The person in charge didn't even realize that the calendar said it was this weekend!
We had it anyway since most of the stuff was all ready and I'm out of town next weekend, and it went really well on Thursday. My mom hates having garage sales, so I did a lot of the set up and all of the pricing and was there most of the day on Thursday. The weather was absolutely perfect.
Friday and Saturday were a different story though. Friday morning I called to see if I could wait and come over after Steven woke up since his schedule had been thrown off by being woken up early several times during the week. They said it was fine, and actually called a few hours later telling me not to bother even going over. The forecast wasn't great, and they ended up closing down at noon.
Well, it rained on Friday, and it poured all day Saturday. We had even more rain today. As a result of all the heavy rain, my parents didn't even have the garage sale on Saturday. Hopefully they'll have it one day next weekend to sell a few more things, but I'm not too optimistic.
In the meantime, Steven was coughing and sneezing constantly and waking up with a runny/crusty nose. He wasn't really fussy, though, and it pretty much stopped on Saturday, so I'm not sure what that was all about. I'm just thankful it didn't turn into anything more.
Mark, on the other hand, is sick. He felt it coming on on Friday, and he felt the same yesterday. But this afternoon he came and told me that he felt like he had been hit by a truck :( Mark gets these horrible colds a few times a year and then passes them on to me half the time. (Last time I got it from the little buddy--the only time he's been sick.) It's miserable, and I can't afford to get sick since we're going out of town for a week this Thursday.
I'm making him wash his hands constantly, and for a while, I had him carrying around a hand towel to sneeze into. (You haven't seen a sneeze until you've seen Mark sneeze, but I wouldn't wish that on anyone!) Steven and I are keeping our distance and praying that we don't get it.
I'll fill you in on the details of our trip and mini-vacation (without the little buddy no less!) later. It's quite late here, and since the little buddy went to bed at 6:30ish instead of 8:30, I think it might be an early morning :)
I do want to clarify one thing from a previous post though. My dad resigned because he felt that the church was no longer a good fit for my family. It had nothing to do with wrongdoing on his part (such as an affair or embezzelment or anything horrible like that). In not giving details, I left it too open to speculation and just wanted to clarify that.
There's a church that my dad's been in contact with, and he had a phone interview with them on Friday after working with the church's head hunter for the past few weeks. The interview seemed to go well, and hopefully we'll hear something back from the church this week. Thanks for continuing to pray for my family during this transition.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Court has sent a Record of Adoption to the Department of Public Health in the State of Michigan and authorized an issueance of a Certificate of Birth for the adoptee in the new name, if one has been requested. You will be hearing from that agency in the near future.
Steven James C---- has now become your heir, acquiring the full rights of natural children in relation to their parents, including the rights of inheritance. As you know, you also now assume all of the obligations and duties of natural parents.
The Family Division of The Judisical Circuit of Michigan joins me in extending congratulations to you and Steven James C---- and best wishes for a happy and successful future.
Judy A. H-------
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I found this out not too long ago, and I obviously had to share it with a few friends. My friend Katrina followed up by buying Mark a lobster claw oven mitt so he "could bite back." Now I tend to gravitate to lobster items, although Steven doesn't have a stuffed lobster yet.
I was at a mom-to-mom sale yesterday and was looking for a halloween costume for the little buddy when I found this. It was way too good to pass up (and at $4 a pretty good deal!). As you can see, he's not too sure about it. . .maybe because we all were laughing at him :) Have you ever seen a cuter lobster?!
The crib was still on the top mattress setting, so yesterday Mark lowered it to the lowest setting. The bumper for the front crib rail is in the wash, which explains why his legs made it through the slats again. I think he's pretty proud of himself!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I think he likes it!
Listing the many reasons why he loves it.
Next we went in the tub, but not before he peed on the bathroom floor :( He's perplexed by the bubbles--never seen them before!
Finishing the bath in the kitched sink (which he peed in too). We had to evacuate the tub after he decided to fill his pants, forgetting that he didn't have any on.
Who, me?? What did I do?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
1st--he very determinedly crawled across the kitchen floor and grabbed that cat's food dish. I'm just thankful it wasn't the water dish!
2nd--he "chased" the cat. She just sat there until he finally got close and then left :)
3rd--this is the cool one. I usually just read him books at naptime and bedtime, but today I got on the floor with him and read him two books. He loves turning the pages, but he wanted to go play with something else. I put him down and played with him. A few minutes later, he grabbed the book and tried to crawl in my lap. Of course, my heart melted and I was more than happy to read it to him. It was so cool!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Well, today Steven pushed his play table up against the bookshelf. I looked up just in time to see him straining to pull a book off the second shelf. I'm having a hard time deciding where to put his play table because he either uses it as a walking toy or walks along it to get to another piece of furniture. Either way, it means that he will probably get into something he isn't supposed to.
When I went to get him around 1:00 (I always let him play in his crib until he gets fussy), I found a very serious (and very wet!) little boy. I sat him up and took off his pjs, and I still can't figure out what he was thinking at the time. I'd hardly describe him as serious little boy, but he was that way the entire day!
Sometimes I play peek-a-boo with him through the crib slats, and we were doing that this afternoon. I can't remember if I got him smiling, but he was enjoying it.
Look at those beautiful brown eyes!