Thursday, January 29, 2009

He's so much fun!

Not the best picture of Nick but he's just so cute it doesn't matter.
Remember the boy who didn't like baths? Here he is playing in the bathtub without water and fully dressed! He loves his baths. Also, if he hears the shower running he will run in the bathroom and try to get in the shower with Dad whenever he can.Lot's of things breaking this week. Car had to get the engine worked on...$211. Next week we are scheduled to get the timing belt replaced....$500 and then this morning our dryer quit working! Everything always needs to be repaired at once. How does that happen? One more thing...$300 came due for our updated homestudy. Paying that today as well. We're broke.

Chris has been trying to make up for his "you're looking old" comment last week. Now he tells me how young I look. He is also trying to throw in the "you look thin" compliment too. I see right through his brown-nosing! Reality is I am looking old and this adoption has wrecked havoc on my weight too. :(

Friday, January 23, 2009

Husband Earns Bonus Points

Last night out the blue my husband, who is normally the most complimentary and sweet guy to me, told me I looked OLD! What the heck! That sort of a comment is not the best way to earn bonus points. I'm thinking there should be some sort of payment for that comment! Diamonds would be appropriate payment but we just spent all of our money on our adoption so that isn't an option.

Chris has been giving Nick rides on his motorcycle. Do not panic Chris drives very slow. Also remember that we live in the country where there isn't much traffic around. Nick loves his motorcycle rides. You can see in this picture that the sun has gone down and he is still wanting to ride. Nick doesn't want to take his helmet off even when he is in the house. It is so funny to watch him walk with the helmet on. He is so top heavy that he is constantly doing balance checks.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

He made the growth chart!

Nick had 2-year check-up today. He weighed in at 24# and 31 3/4". These measurements put Nick in the 7th percentile for weight and 2nd percentile for height. For a post-institutionalized child this isn't too bad. What wasn't good was that he has only gained .4# since we've had him! We have been having a lot of finicky eating going on at this house. All that Nick wants to eat is yogurt. Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt. It is so frustrating. He is even particular about which yogurt. He can look at the carton and let you know if it is the kind he wants. It is crazy. We can get an eggo waffle in him occassionally and he will eat goldfish and some milk. Everything else he just spits out. Oh yeah, he will eat peanuts too. So, that is my child's crazy diet. We keep offering foods and hopefully he will start eating more variety soon! The pediatrician wants to see him in 2 months to make sure he is growing and gaining weight.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Big Weekend

Here is Nick taking a nap on his way home from his big weekend. He was sooo tired. He played hard. He got good and dirty too. His cousins and sisters were great about playing with him all weekend. Notice what he is holding in his hand! The boy loves his tractors.
Friday night Alex and Taylor and I went to a college gymanstic meet. It was a lot of fun. We saw some good gymnastics and it was good to spend time with the girls.

Alex just did o.k. at her meet. She's had better ones. Her scores were 8s and 9s. She fell off the balance beam and the bars. Go figure. But, she was very nervous. It took her a long time to admit how nervous she was at the meet but she finally did. It was VERY obvious to me. I guess it is a good starting point for the season. At least she didn't leave there devastated. I was afraid she would.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Gymnastic meet

Today we are driving 6 hours for Alex's first gymnastic meet as a level 7 which is this weekend. She is very excited but also anxious. She has been having a mental block about her balance beam dismount and she won't "go for it". But, she says she is ready for everything else. She was in tears last night about this mental block. I think, after talking to her after workout that she is just having a really hard time transitioning to her new coach. There isn't anything wrong with her new coach--it just isn't Amanda. Alex and her old coach, Amanda, are very close. They are friends as well as having a coach/gymnast relationship. Alex hasn't ever had another beam and floor coach except for Amanda. It will take time to develop a relationship with the new coach, Allison. I hope that Allison can be patient with Alex and not take it personally. Allison is a sweetheart. I just think the coach change came at a rough time for Alex since it was her old coach who mostly prepared her for her level 7 routines. Keep your fingers crossed that she will put on her game face and perform at the level we know she can.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Day at Parent's Day Out!

Today I had to start back to my Thursday job. When you work for yourself there isn't anyone to pick up the slack. Fortunately, I can squish all my work together into 2 days a week while Nick is at Parent's Day out.

Here is Nick with his backpack. He wouldn't hold still for the photo op which is why the picture is blurry.
A picture right before we walked out the door. He is smiling because he doesn't know what is about to hit him!
Nick loves this baseball hat and the little spiderman toy. Notice the intent look on his face.

Nick had a good day at "school". He was so happy to see me when I picked him up. He got a huge smile on his face and ran and gave me a huge hug around the neck and a kiss.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Blog award: LEMONADE

This award was given to me by my blogger friend,Barb. They recently brought home their adopted daughter from Russia. She writes a very truthful and honest blog. Barb shares her feelings quite eloquently about some of the struggles and joys she has with her new daughter. Her family is almost a mirror of mine in that she has 3 boys who are similar in ages to our girls and then they adopted a child from Russia of the opposite gender. The link to her blog is:

These are the rules, as she posted them on her blog:

This award is meant for people who are positive, show gratitude, and of course: make lemons out of lemonade!

The rules for this award are that you post the graphic for it, write a post that links back to the giver, and then pass it on to up to ten others.

Leave a comment on the blogs that get the award, so they know what's happened.

And the award goes to . . . .

1) Kumari, the best sister ever. (

2) Dana,a great friend who has been so supportive during our adoption process. She is awesome! (

3) Bliss, another great friend who has been a positive influence in my life. (

4) Kellie, a bloggin' friend who is waiting for a referral for a little girl in Russia. I even had a chance to meet her in "real" life which was awesome. (

5) Kelly, another bloggin' friend who I have so much in common with but have never met in real life. Maybe someday?! (

6) Amy, another bloggin' friend who adopted 2 precious kiddos from Samara, Russia this past year. I've met her in real life too! (

7) Joy, a bloggin' friend who just received her referral of a little girl in Russia. WoooHoo! Can't wait to hear more! (

8) Karen, a bloggin' friend whose posts make me laugh. She adopted a little boy from Russia who is a doll. (

9) Kim, another bloggin' friend who's adopted 2 boys and waiting for a referral of a little girl from Russia. (

10) Patty, an unexpected friend. :) (

I had to type in the links because I couldn't figure out how to link them. Maybe I'll get it one day!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Today Nick turned 2!! He was a happy boy all day long! Here he is intently watching Dad light the candles.
Blowing out the candles.
Success!Nick loves this dinosaur he got at the shower on Saturday. For some reason he likes to play with it under the kitchen table. ??We are so glad is here with us!!! We love him so much!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Two-Year Old Shower

These are my good friends, Dana, Paige and Laura. They gave Nick a baby shower Saturday. It was so much fun! These are some of the presents Nick got at the shower! Lots of fun stuff.
Nick had fun at the shower too! He was very well-behaved. Nick has had a crabby week so I wasn't sure how he would act at the party. Everything was fine though.He loved this battery powered car.
Nick and I spend a lot of time in the golf cart. He absolutely loves it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Things We've Learned.....

......about Nick since he became part of our family.
1) He loves the outdoors.
2) He loves to smile.
3) He hates to go to bed.
4) He hates to have his clothes taken off or put on.
5) He loves yogurt. That is about all he wants to eat right now.
6) He gets jealous of his sisters if we give them any attention.
7) He loves tractors.
8) He loves his Cozy Coup car
9) He has learned to love his bath.
10) He loves to brush his teeth.
11) His vocabulary consists of: Mama, Dada (or my mama, my dada), truck, tractor and poop.
12) He loves you to hold him.
13) He throws a great temper tantrum. But, unlike the female children in the house they are short lived.
14) He is intrigued with animals but doesn't really want them near him.
15) He can be mischievious.

Here is a picture of Nick on one our walks.

It has been a great three weeks. They haven't been perfect. We've had some rough days but overall he is doing so great.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


When we accepted our referral of Nick we knew he had a Ventricular Septum Defect. He was scheduled to have heart surgery in Russia in October to have this repaired. When we accepted him for adoption we asked them to cancel the surgery in Russia so that he could be evaluated here in the United States. (His heart condition is what enabled us to get our court date so soon after we had met him.)

Today we had our first appointment with the Pediatric Cardiologist. We received great news. Nick does have a Ventricular Septum Defect but it doesn't need surgery right away. In fact, there is a piece of tissue flapping around by the hole in his heart that may possibly indicate that it is closing up on its own. Some other good things we learned is that his heart isn't enlarged, his pressure is good and his heart valves look good too! The doctor took him off 2 of his 3 medications and when we go back to see him in a month if everything looks good he will take him off the final medication too. We will continue to have Nick evaluated about every 6 months. If he does end up needing surgery it won't be for another 2-3 years. WOW! What a great day! We are so blessed!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Personal hygiene isn't so bad afterall

Nick has decided that baths are not so bad after all. In fact, today when he got out of the tub he had a huge temper tantrum. Then he had another one when it was time to stop brushing his teeth after 15 minutes.

Chris and I both received a great gift from Nick today. He gave both of us (at different times) hugs around the neck where he actually squeezed us.These were a big surprise and not expected so soon from him. We were so excited. :)