Friday, August 31, 2007

Keep 'em coming!

Thank you for all the comments on the book recommendations! Keep them coming! It's going to be so nice to tell Dominic about each book and the family and friends that recommended it to us.

I'll add one from my non-blog-reading Dad. He said other than his Chemistry books, this is one he remembers from his childhood:

Tawny Scrawny Lion - Golden Books




Add yours below...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Making a list and checking it twice...

The highlight of my evening? Going to the library. I LOVE the library. Always have.

The smells, the books, I even loved the card catalog when it was around. I know - I'm a dork. But I just get lost for hours...

In the hope that Dominic likes to read, I'm starting a list of books I'd like to start gathering for him. The good thing about the books vs. clothes or toys - it doesn't matter when he comes home, he'll still be able to grow into them. So what were your favorite books as child? What books do you enjoy reading to your children? And for all my friends who have/are adopting, what are your favorite adoption books?

I'll start.

When I was little, these 2 books are the ones I remember most -




The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keates




Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak





My niece made this one of my new favorites after reading it a MILLION times. Did you know there is even a video of this? We checked it out from the library. :)




Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr





And this is one of the first books I remember my nephew "reading" to me. He would say the "Goodnight" part, I would say the rest...




Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown






2 more that I've added recently since deciding to adopt -





The Family Book - Todd Parr



Guatemala ABCs - Marcie Aboff





Leave a comment and tell me your favorite so I can build my list for Dominic!

My Amazon.com Wish List

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A reminder...

My dear friend, A. sent me this card with a wonderful note. Sometimes it's difficult to see the big picture.


I took about 10 minutes and looked at the "big picture", thought about how short this wait will seem when it's all said and done - and then I went back to worrying about the upcoming DNA test and interview.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

"Love is stronger than pain."

My friend K. recently shared a book with me and pointed out a few lines that relate to our journey through this adoption process - "Love is stronger than pain" ...

The book is called "The Sunflower" by Richard Paul Evans. I've seen his books at the bookstore, but had never picked one up. I'm so glad she shared this book with me. It's about a woman's travels to Peru with a stop at at orphanage (a love story is also thrown in for good measure).

One of the sections really struck me -


"We carry around in our heads these pictures of what our lives are supposed to look like, painted by the brush of our intentions. It's the great, deep secret of humanity that in the end none of our lives look the way we thought they would. As much as we wish to believe otherwise, most of life is a reaction to circumstances."



Some people come to adoption as their first choice to build a family, others after dealing with years of infertility. I always sensed that my family would be nontraditional in some way, but I would have never thought it would be built through the gift of adoption.

Perhaps you could say it was a "reaction to circumstances." Circumstances that at the time seemed so unjust and did not make sense, but ultimately have led me to where I am today.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Morning sickness?

Still no word on the DNA test. I have felt sick the last few days. At first I thought I was coming down with something, but then I realized it's just nerves. I generally don't get physically sick from stress, but the last few mornings have been bad...

I've also been having some strange dreams since I returned from my visit trip. Last night was the 3rd time I woke up looking for Dominic.

It's such an agonizing thing - if Dominic's birth mother changes her mind and decides to raise him, I have to believe that would be the best thing for him. As she sees him for the last time during the DNA test, I hope that she makes the best decision for him. Regardless, I know that it will be one she makes out of love and I hope that her family is as wonderful and supportive as mine.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Happy 3 months, Dominic!


"New" Pics...

I posted most of my favorite pics from our visit trip, but we'll see if I can round up a few more to hold you over until the next trip...


K. sent me a few from our day at the pool -




Dominic wasn't crazy about the pool, but he did ok. I think it was a little too windy for him. Or maybe he didn't appreciate the fact that his outfit was terribly mismatched....

Monday, August 20, 2007

Email from Dominic's FM

I received an email from Dominic's foster mom this weekend. It's always so nice to hear from her!

She said he is doing well. She loves all the new clothes that I brought for him and she said that he needed them because he's feeding so well and growing so quickly!

He likes the LeapFrog toy and she said he smiles every time he hears the voice recording I left with them because he thinks I'm there.

Now I don't know if she's just blowing wind up my skirt, but I like it all the same. :)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Redrawing my lines...

I believe in the separation of church and state. I don't like when my corn and mashed potatoes get mixed together on my Thanksgiving plate and I don't like to bring my personal life to the workplace. But as I try to limit the news of my adoption journey that I share with my co-workers, I see the support and joy I am also keeping from my life.

We spend such a large part of our life with our co-workers and they become an extension of our family, especially for us single girls. Today I received one of the most wonderful surprises from a co-worker - a beautiful slide show of my adoption journey thus far. I was very leery of sharing my blog with co-workers. Not because I post anything too personal here - after all, I am always aware that the world is reading, but because it shows a side of me that is more vulnerable than I would normally share with them. As a female manager in the tech industry, vulnerability is not a characteristic that is generally promoted or well received. However, humanism should be.

Thank you for the wonderful slide show, D. And thank you for allowing me to see the support and friendship I am so lucky to have in my life.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Thank you




Thank you for reading my blog and supporting me on this journey.

I am overwhelmed by all the positive messages and emails I received from family, old friends, new friends, blog pals, chat friends, etc.

The flights were very smooth and I had a wonderful friend and travel partner with me that I met through my agency. She is an amazing woman and a wonderful mom. Thank you for all your support, K.! I am so happy to see that your case is moving along now.

The last 2 days have been tough. Knowing he is being well cared for is comforting, but I'm already planning my next visit trip!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Some pictures from our last day together...



Getting ready for our foster mom. He was relaxed enough to enjoy his bath today!


All cleaned up!
The bath puts him to sleep every time. I walked down to the lobby and by the time we were on the elevator on the way back up -



Our good-bye kiss....

If you wait for me

then I'll come for you

Although I've traveled far

I always hold a place for you in my heart

"The Promise" - Tracy Chapman

Does this make my butt look big?




Monday, August 13, 2007

What do you mean we have to say goodbye today?


Today Dominic will return to his foster mother while I prepare to go home early tomorrow morning. I knew this was going to be hard, but I had no idea....

Every boy needs some camo....

Showing off his muscles...


Practicing the army crawl....


Our first photo shoot.






Sunday, August 12, 2007

I love our mornings together...




Saturday in Antigua

Some photos from our day in Antigua......


On our way! Here's a "chickenbus". According to our guide people store their stuff on top of the bus ride including real, live chickens. These can get quite full and we saw several people jumping on the ladders on the back of the bus while it was moving and entering through the back door.





Antigua is a popular place for Spanish schools. People come from around the world for the one-on-one language schools and are said to master the language very quickly. Here is one of the language schools with individual classrooms.


This sculpture at Hotel Santo Domingo reminds me of the Willow Tree gift I got for my Dominic's foster mother. We had a wonderful lunch at the hotel and I may consider staying here at this lovely hotel on one of my visit trips.



So glad we made the trip to Antigua!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Good Morning, Guatemala!

What a difference a day makes! Dominic was asleep by 7pm last night. A quick bottle at 11pm and 4am. Up at 6am for 20 minutes of giggles, smiles and another bottle and he's back to bed. I was even able to put some pj's on last night and download some photos!

We're off to breakfast and then to Antigua. It's pretty overcast today, so I'm not sure we'll have lots of great pics to post. Even if we just get out for a drive to see Guatemala, I'm looking forward to it!

Friday

"Day 2 and I'm having a bad hair day."


"Listen here, lady... I don't know what makes you think I like ducks and chickens and yellow outfits, but I'll smile for you anyway."




"She can't help herself. Just look at me."



"Even my 'dogs' are cute."

"I'm just going to hang out poolside while you continue staring at me."


"Enough. You're wearing me out. "


Friday, August 10, 2007

A few more photos from our first day

Landing in Guatemala City...



Our first meeting....




Hating our first bath together...




Cleanliness is overrated, right? We'll be "bathing" in the pool from now on.

Just kidding! ;)

I love my Nanny!