Friday, February 29, 2008

Road Trip!

Our first road trip!

We went to visit my parent's yesterday. The drive is about 90 minutes. Dominic waited until about 79 minutes into the trip and then decided to take a nap. ;)




We met Papa at his office, introduced Dominic to his co-workers, had a quick lunch and then went for a much needed haircut for both mommy and Dominic.





Dominic did so well during the haircut and then enjoyed a nice bath in Nanny's sink.




Of course, we both needed a nap.




As usual, Dominic had a wonderful time playing with Nanny and Papa and watching them together is one of my favorite things about being home.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The honeymoon is over.

Dominic's 2 new favorite "tricks" - shrieking every 15 seconds and pulling the skin off of my face. Good times.

The shrieking thing is not new - the intervals are. It's so frustrating because it physically hurts my ears and it's hard to tell if there is something wrong with him or if he's just enjoying hearing himself. He doesn't cry, just screams and then goes about whatever he was doing. Maybe the effects of getting rid of ear infections in both ears that he's had for an unknown period of time?


And the attacks on my face seem to be pretty normal - he pushes me away and if I put him down he starts crying and looking for me. This seems to be part of the normal adjustment process.


He continues to be great with other people - quite the entertainer, but does seem to be exhausted after our visits. He's been sleeping through the night for the most part, but screaming when waking up again. We've been home 1 week today and my guess is that after being in 5 different beds over the past month, he thinks it's about time to move on to the next location...


I know we'll get through this, but it's so hard to watch him go through.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Settling in

Things are going well. Dominic is doing wonderful. He is eating so well and seems to be adjusting to his room and new formula just fine - no night feedings the last 2 nights and we've even removed the cereal from the bottle!


He loves his jumping chair. This is just a few hours after we got home:





Nanny and Papa left this morning and everyone had a wonderful time. I tried to share him anyway... ;) We're going down to their house to visit this week so they'll see him again soon.



Nanny and Dominic watching it snow:


Papa and Dominic had a great time!




Papa teaching Dominic to crawl:



He prefers to crawl backwards on his head:





We survived his first doctor appt. This turned into an all day affair with all the poking and shots followed by an afternoon of lab work and picking up prescriptions - ear infections in both ears. We've got another appt tomorrow for a follow-up and drop off of the "samples" I collected from his diapers this weekend. YUCK! My niece was so eager to babysit, I should have asked her if she wanted to give it a shot this weekend and be on collection duty. Dominic's favorite part of the visit was eating the paper on the exam table:





My friend Renae stopped by to visit and brought Dominic his first pair of glasses. He LOVES glasses (pulling them off of other people anyway...) and these were a hit!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Homecoming - Part 2. Home, Sweet Home.

We landed right at 5pm, so we were ready for dinner after our long day. My family joined us for Dominic's first meal in the States and he LOVED it! He has quite an appetite and so far, the transition hasn't impacted that!




We went from 70s and sunshine to 5 degrees and SNOW!


Dominic enjoyed watching the snow fall out the window today, but he was less than impressed with seeing it up close last night....


We had wonderful decorations waiting for us at home! Thanks, Renae!


Dominic loves his room. When he woke up this morning, he sat with me for a few minutes in the rocking chair and then started crying and trying to get down on the floor to play with all his new toys!


Our first bath at home! Papa picked out this new towel months ago!






It's still so hard to believe we're actually home! Thank you all for the warm wishes we've received. Of the last 3 weeks, I think today has been the most exhausting for me... Up until this point, it's all been pure adrenaline working up to that amazing moment of landing in Cincinnati and walking in our front door.

Tomorrow Dominic has his first doctor appointment and eventually I'll catch up on my e-mail and the posts I was unable to publish while in Guate due to the horrible internet connection at Crowne Plaza. Until then, we are LOVING our life as a family at HOME!

Homecoming

We had a wonderful homecoming! I slid Dominic into the stroller at 4am and we were off. I kept him up while we were at the airport (or tried) hoping that he would sleep on the plane. The takeoff from Guatemala City was bittersweet.

I was lucky to have an empty seat next to me on both legs of the trip. Dominic even sat in the seat with a seat belt and ate his 2nd breakfast on the plane.



Immigration through Houston was a breeze since all the paperwork really happens at the US Embassy in Guatemala City. We waited in "the room" about 10 minutes and when the immigration officer called our name, the only thing she asked was if the address on our
documents was correct.

After lunch, I decided to grab a water and snack for our next flight - Dominic was awake before I ordered, but here's what I found after I paid:

The flight to Cincinnati was pretty smooth and I have never been so happy to land at CVG!

Family and friends were waiting to greet us!


Meeting Nanny and Papa:


Adrian and Jacob were so excited to meet their newest cousin!


The 2 Dominics reunited in the States! The last time they saw each other was in Guatemala in August 2007.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

HOME!

We're home! We had a wonderful homecoming! Details and pics to follow - right now we're all headed to bed...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Our last day in Guatemala...


As much as I’ve longed for the comforts of home over the last 2.5 weeks, I’ll always treasure the time I spent here in Guatemala, just Dominic and I. Soon we’ll return to our busy lives at home with doctor’s appts, spending time with friends and family, household chores and eventually work for me. Fewer leisurely days in bed, walks around the park and afternoons at the pool. Sounds like we’ve had a real “rough” life over the past few days, huh? :)

Thank you all for the many well wishes we’ve received on this journey. It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end and getting ready to start another chapter in our lives. I can’t wait to share this blog with Dominic as he gets older so he can see the life we lived during his first year. Your encouragement has made this process bearable at times when it became too much to carry on my own.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing our homecoming with you over the next few weeks.

For those meeting us at the airport, we'll see you TOMORROW at the top of the escalator near baggage in Terminal 3! We land at 4:50pm. Can't wait to see you all!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Not crawling just yet.....

but we're working on it!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Embassy Day

Today was our big day! We were up at 5am to get ready, quick breakfast at the hotel and our ride was here at 6:45 am. We first went to get photos made of Dominic for his Visa and then walked over to the Embassy. After waiting in line for a few minutes, we went through security and then in to the Embassy! People describe it as waiting at the DMV and that’s pretty accurate – except with a room full of babies! We were there for about 3 hours and Dominic got a little antsy towards the end. We had our interview first through door 10. He looked at my passport, explained some of the paperwork and congratulated us. After about 45 minutes we then had our interview at window 7. He asked questions about my agency, how many times I’ve visited Guatemala, Dominic’s name change, etc. and told us we were APPROVED for an IR-3 Visa and that Dominic would be a citizen upon entry to the States!


We came home, celebrated with lunch at Burger King and both took a 3 hour nap! Because of the holiday on Monday, his visa won’t be ready until Tuesday. We’re counting the hours... We love Gutemala, but after 2 weeks in hotels are ready to get home to our “normal” life.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

You make me smile with my heart....

I had breakfast in bed with the most handsome man this morning. We had wonderful banana bread from Dona Luisa.

Me and my funny valentine, bed-head and all:



We'll take one final walk around Antigua and then we're headed into the city this afternoon....


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hotel Antigua

Today we went down to Hotel Antigua for lunch, swinging and swimming. The food was tasty and Dominic loved the swings and the pool! We were there before our friends so I wasn't able to get any pictures of him swimming, but it's hilarious - he splashes, kicks, squels and does some crazy backbend move...






Nap Time......

At night Dominic sleeps in bed with me, but during the day I've been putting him in this crib since I'm sitting here on the computer. Some days are more successful than others when it comes to napping:



Maybe a vegetarian?


He spit out his cream of chicken tonight too....

Flight Change

I was able to change our flight!

We'll be home on the 20th at 4:50pm. Everyone's welcome at the airport, but Nanny has already claimed first kisses! See you there!! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Fresas con crema

Strawberries with yogurt frozen on a stick. The best 50 cents we've spent in Antigua so far. We got ours from the place just West of McDonald's.



Yum!

Dominic and I both regained our appetite so we joined a group of friends for lunch today at Posada De Don Rodrigo. The company was nice and our Plato Chapin (steak, guac, cheese, refried beans, plantain and rice) was SO GOOD we may go back for another visit before we leave!