Thursday, August 23, 2007
Thank you for the most fun summer of my life. Spending these weeks with you reminded me of everything wonderful about being a child...the endless sense of adventure and amazement in the world around us. You remind me to slow down and enjoy what is right outside our front door, you have me running around to places I haven't enjoyed since I was a kid myself, and you show me how to look at things with wonder.
You have shown me that when you are plum tired, you need to take a nap, when you are unhappy in a restaurant (or Mr. Bagel), you can scream bloody murder to get out, and when you get a boo-boo, Mommy should always hang up the phone to kiss it... or accept the consequence when you take matters into your own hands.
You have been a super-hero (just ask Ella), an athlete, a performer, and fire fighter, a skater/surfer dude, and Luigi the Italian chef! You make our life a musical, a spy thriller, and a comedy... all in one day! Kid, you know how to have fun! Your contagious belly laugh is reason alone to wake up each day.
You have grown up so much, so quickly, and I marvel at that phenomenon every Mommy knows well... my baby (my BABY!) is really going to school. Oh, and you are so ready. Your excitement makes it almost impossible for me to be sad... almost.
It needs to be said, buddy, that I have never... ever... in my whole life pal, spent as much time with one person as you and I have these summer months. I have loved this time with you, and as the days countdown quickly to the next big adventure, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our more memorable moments. This journal of timelines and updates, moments and milestones... well, it is as much about you as Luciana... the baby sister you already show such affection for. You are the reason Daddy and I love being parents.
Here are some special times from the "Summer of Sam".
Thank you for loving us.
*(Note to grandparents... grab tissues.)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Most of the time, what I do say, and believe, is that it has been one of the greatest blessings in our lives.
Sometimes I want to curl up and cry over missing a baby I have not even met yet.
Other times, I just can't help but jump for joy that we have a daughter, that my son has a sister... at last.
Sometimes I can not comprehend the enormity of our lives through the decision to adopt a child from a country in the midst of such turmoil and poverty... a country whose government seems to fight us every step of the way. But, all of the time, I am sure that we had to.
Sometimes I can not imagine how we will take a baby from the loving arms of her Foster Mother, who has already taken them from the broken heart of a Birth Mother. I think about them all the time. Other times, I thank God that we are each a mother who has love for this child and each share in giving her life.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"We are going to file for DNA this week. We are preparing everything for Family Court as well. Family Court will be in 1-2 weeks. The US Embassy is taking almost 2 months to issue the Letter of Consent that we need for PGN so we will be done in Family Court before the US Embassy issues the Consent."
PS- This update is brought to you by request of my lovely and caring "secret blog pal" who reminds me, like my amazing family and friends, that there are folks out there as (almost) eagerly awaiting any news of our sweet Guatabundle.
PPS- Dear Secret Blog Pal, You are the coolest pal ever to think of our son on his birthday!! He so deserves to be recognized in this process. :) He was so thrilled to receive a gift to Build-A-Bear and can NOT wait to go... I am holding off for a rainy day and promise to post a picture of his new "friend". He actually (no LIE) made up a song about "secret blog pal" which I wonder if many other 5 year olds could EVER relate to! Thank you... so much.
Medical update: -El día 18 de JULIO de 2007, se atendió a la niña [Luciana], 1 mes de edad, posee un peso de 06 libras y 12 onzas, una talla de 47.5 centímetros y un perímetro cefálico de 34.0 centímetros. Examen físico normal, examen neurológico normal, examen de abdomen normal.
On 18 July 2007, I examined [Luciana], 1 month of age and she weighed 6 lbs, 12 oz, was 47.5 cms in length and her head circum was 34 cms. Physical examination, normal; neurological, normal, abdomen, normal.
She had gained almost 1lb 4oz. since birth and 2.5 cm in length. Her head circumference has grown 2.5 cm. We can safely say, she is itty bitty.,. and oh, so pretty.
Hoping to get back to your regularly scheduled blogging soon.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I recently re-read these posts and loved the memories. Since that time, I have come to know many other families through the world of blog, and thought I should share "Telling Sam" and other stories from the beginning of our journey. Enjoy.
"this email is a bit of a conjugal visit.... a "quickie" as my own sadly terminal laptop sits in the ER in [town nearby], sadly alone and longing for my obsessive email and blog searches... i know she is scared... i am the very sad mama of a laptop in need of emergency surgery and can only say that the silver lining is that i discovered her virus before it was too late... she was within hours or days of losing her hard drive completely... and as a photog who is famously lazy at backing up, i can only tell you the panic that ensued was palpable... sooooo.... i am w/o yahoo communication excepting the mini respits brought on by K bringing his LT home... so, if you love me and need to shout out, must call.
hmmmm... should i use this bit of crazy banter on the blog?? sure can see the obvious parallels to the need to obsessively check email for the lack of updates to the fact that old faithful crashed... did i just push her too far????"
Feeling much better now and promise more of the good stuff soon! Yes, pics are coming!!!!