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three weeks a family of three

Our family age is now three weeks.  I have a sign up in the kitchen that reminds me of this.  It’s there to remind me that no matter how connected/intertwined/completely smitten with this wee child my heart is I still have to see it from HIS perspective.  He met us three weeks ago.  Twenty-one days.  Less time than I have most library books.  This is all still incredibly new for him. Having said that, this week Nat has relaxed more than I’ve []

nat versus the octopus

{{Thanks Auntie L. for the awesome bath toys. Mommy uses them to amuse herself by putting them on my head and watching me shake them off… I kinda think it’s fun too.  And for the record, we often use them in the bathtub too.}}

confessions of a first time mother

I know first-time mothers are stereotypically a bit tightly wound.  Obsessed with child-proofing, book-reading, perfect-child-having. So matching a bib to an outfit would fall well within the acceptable amount of pickiness. But what about matching lunch to the outfit?

he held out his arms

Nat has never reached for me. You know, that little things babies do where they hold up their arms to you? He’s leaned into me, he’s happy when I get him, but he’s never ASKED. Today, I walked down the hallway and into the living room where he was sitting in front of the couch and he held up his arms. I melted. Actually I bolted across the room to pick him up and we had a grand time dancing and singing []

car watching

So our little baby boy loves cars. Stereotypical no? But oh does he love them. He loves to be on the couch that faces our front window and watches them drive up and down our hill. He tries so hard to stand up but can’t do it quite yet. So after his legs give out I give him some extra pillows to kneel on. It was sunny today so I tried to take Nat out to the front deck.  He wasn’t overly []

eight months

Today our Nat turns eight months old. Three-fourths of a year. We’ve been together two weeks and one day. It hurts that we missed so much with him. We have been pursuing his adoption since he was less than a month old and it was completed in his birth-country in two and a half months. But then US immigration was very slow in processing and so we waited, and waited, and waited. Sometimes all that waiting still stings a little. Just waiting for []