Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mobile Napping Unit

We had a long day of head-to-toe dr appts, literally - opthamology to urology, that started out pretty rough. Dominic had a major meltdown when they went to get his weight and length, but he was wonderful for the rest of the poking, prodding, examining and blood drawing.

The day didn't allow for a nap, so when he fell asleep in the car on the way home, I didn't want to wake him. He got to finish his nap and I got to catch up on my blog reading all from the garage...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Adrian!


We celebrated with Adrian this weekend! She is so good with Dominic and he loves to spend time with his cousins!

She's started Tae Kwon Do and we got to see the end of her session tonight. She's a smart, strong girl and I think this is going to be a great activity for her!

We love you, Adrian!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dominic and his PaPa

My mom got this for Dominic recently and now he enjoys pounding EVERYTHING on the glass coffee table... I think I'm being paid back for all my years of loud/messy/battery-eating/dangerous toys that I've gifted to my nieces and nephews.




He loves his PaPa and the next morning after they played with the hammer and pegs, Dominic sweet talked PaPa into at least 4 wagon rides up and down the street.



And a few pictures from vacation this year -

These are 2 of my favorites...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

What will 32" get you?

Access to the light switch in the dinning room!


Dominic's been working on this for awhile, but is finally able to turn the lights on in the dinning room and on the patio. He has always been fascinated with lights and ceiling fans - even during my first visit trip when he was 2.5 months old I remember that he was mesmerized by the mirrored ceiling and lights in the elevators at the Westin. He's still working on opening door knobs. He knows exactly how they work and stands on his toes to try to reach them, but can't quite make it. Once he has that mastered, I'm in big trouble...


32 inches, 22 pounds at our last dr visit.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dominic's First Car

Dominic got his first used car this weekend! She was quite dirty so we gave her a bath.

Soccer: Adrian vs. Hurricane Ike

We were at the soccer field when the winds started last week...

Dominic could barely stand up without being blown over.

We spent most of the game getting hit in the head with flying tree branches.


Dominic wasn't too interested in taking a photo before we left, but we had to get one of all 3 kids in their soccer shirts!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

And what's your excuse?

My dog didn't eat my homework, but I do have an excuse for not blogging....



2 weeks ago Dominic ran a miserable fever of about 103.5 every day after school for no apparent reason. We were on roseola (baby measles) watch, but he never got the rash. I paid my dr $55 to tell me it was nothing. Don't get me wrong - I love our dr, but frustrated that she wasn't able to ease his misery. She seems to think it could be his teeth. Although most kids don't run a fever this high while teething, it seems to be a pattern with Dominic. His molars finally are all the way in this week and he was back to his usual self after a few days.


As we recovered from the fever, we were hit by Hurricane Ike here in Ohio. The most bizarre weather I have ever seen - 50 - 70 mph winds with sunshine the whole time. The damage took out 90% of the power in our city and lasted for several days (a week for some). This means that I was working some crazy hours and with no power here at the house, Dominic spent 2 nights with my parents. I missed him terribly and if I hadn't been working around the clock, I would have been a total wreck. I knew he was having a great time and that Nanny and PaPa were getting some much needed one-on-one time with him.


And if that's not a good excuse, here's an example of the kind of activity that keeps me away from the computer these days -



Dominic chasing the cat into the bathtub...


And if anyone other than my mother is still reading this neglected blog, stay tuned this week. I promise daily posts with lots of catch up pictures.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Extracuricular activites...

Maybe soccer is in our future?



We went to visit my niece and nephew at soccer practice last week. The idea of being at the soccer field multiple nights each week and most of the weekend is not very appealing to me. I suggested to my sister that I would prefer Dominic pick up an activity that was more conducive to our schedule - perhaps some sort of computer geek like his mom? That sounds more convenient from a scheduling perspective.....


We're practicing wearing the soccer uniform just in case the geek thing doesn't pan out. Maybe his love for his tractor means he's a Future Farmer of America?



I bought the Gautemala soccer jersey in a couple of sizes on our pickup trip and couldn't imagine him ever being big enough to even wear the smallest one. Which makes me start thinking about how long we've been home... We've officially been together 7 months now. It's amazing how fast these 7 months have passed compared to the 9 months prior to that. Soon we'll be celebrating that important milestone in the adoption world - being together longer than we've been apart...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Football season

Getting ready for bed last night. Practicing his center moves...



Fresh from a bath and ready for some football...
I LOVE football season. Don't get me wrong - I could really care less about the actual game, but Sunday afternoon naps on couch with football in the background are some of the best kind of naps. We're both of to "enjoy" the game. ;)

Birthday Playdate

We had a birthday playdate with some friends this weekend to celebrate Bug's 3rd birthday. Dominic had a great time and enjoyed seeing his friends!



Thursday, September 4, 2008

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha

Dominic's really enjoying the whole tooth brushing experience. As with everything else these days, he will only cooperate if he can do it all on his own.


His 1 year molars are making a very slow appearance...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Stranger-Friends

We got to hang out with some of our blog buddies this past weekend. It was a great time and was so nice to meet in person. I always find these relationships interesting. It was the first time we had spent any time together, but it was like we were all old friends. We've shared so much over the last year - things about the process and about our life that I often don't even share with my real-life friends... things that only they can understand. I'm so grateful for their friendship.




For the occasion I blew up Dominic's pool and got out all our outside toys. The kids had a great time!





Dominic wasn't too interested in the pool, but loved to play in the wagon.






His favorite activity in the pool, was climbing in and out.





Anika was so cute giving all the boys hugs and kisses.






By the end of the night, we were all ready to crash.... Can't wait to get together again!