Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Another super week - the usual activities plus:
- A visit to the Science Museum - very fun and Domi sat through a 45 minute show at the planetarium! We were surprised he didn't fuss, he really liked looking at the stars!
- Family party at Grandma Vela's house - my sister Letti is in town from Evergreen, CO
- Friend party with other families that have children from Guatemala - SO MUCH FUN! I will post photos soon
- MILESTONE AT SWIMMING - Domi JUMPED in the pool! He is doing very well and really starting to look forward to swim lessons as much as I do! :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- Cousin Joey's soccer game
- Cousin Danny's swim meet
- Party for friends Donna and Joe to celebrate their referral for Lauren (China adoption)
- Grocery store (2 times)
- Little Gym trial class
- Aqua Safe Swim School (he starts lessons on Friday)
- Local park (daily)
- Pediatric Dentist
- Shopping Mall
- Paradise Bakery (2 times)
It's hard to believe we have only been home 1 week! We are having a BALL with him and feel so blessed every single day. He is a very happy and social little boy. He talks and sings a lot, and he is very affectionate. Not a day goes by that he doesn't grab me tight in his arms and kiss me. I melt like butter. :) Here are some photos of our trip home and activities since we have returned home. Enjoy!
Outfits #1 and #2 on travel day... :)
Fun at the soccer game and playroom at the mall.
Domi LOVES taking baths and this super cool bubble machine! I think he will enjoy his swimming lessons a lot!
Friday, November 14, 2008
By all accounts, Domi is THRIVING and adjusting so well. All of our visits and the past 19 days we spent with him in Guatemala have really paid off. My parents, younger sister and her boyfriend met us at the airport. My folks have been staying at our house taking care of the pooches while we were away. It felt SO GOOD to come home! My Mom made an awesome pot roast dinner that we gobbled down - we MISSED home cooking so much! They are staying with us a few more days too to help us get settled. Domi LOVES Grandma and Grandpa so much already.
He also LOVES the dogs, but they are just contemplating him now. I know his foster family had a dog but I didn't think he would be so comfortable with them because they bark and jump. He has yet to cry once and in fact chases them around! Brody loves him and licks him a lot, Katie runs under the bed and poor sweet Alfie got slapped by Domi last night but of course just moved away. I am SO PROUD of my sweet dogs, I wasn't sure how they would behave, but they are angels. :) I am also SO PROUD of my sweet baby boy, he is so brave and adorable with them - he was meant to be in our family. I will post photos soon. My dad and Dan took Domi to the park and I am sorting through mail, e-mail, phone calls, etc. while I can - will post pictures soon.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am thankful not only for my beloved son, but also for my husband. There were so many times over the last 18 months that I just wasn´t myself and cried with despair and fear and Dan always said ¨We are going to get him, just be patient¨. Sometimes I would respond to him in anger, but he never wavered from his belief that this day would come, and I see now that he helped carry me through the stormy ride we have been on.
We arrived at the US Embassy at 6:55 am for our 7:15 am appointment and were among the first families shown into the waiting room. There were about 20 families there for adoption visa appointments. Dominic was up until almost midnight last night playing and singing and we had to get up so early, but he was pretty well behaved. He ate lots of snacks, drank his milk, flirted with all the females and tried to grab other kid´s toys. He also made Dan chase him around the room.
When they called our name I cheered out loud and was so overcome with emotion. Is this realy happening I asked myself? YES, YES, YES, it hapened and we are DONE with the adoption and can now focus on our true goal, to be the best parents we can be for our love bunny, Dominic Xavier.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We are venturing out more on foot. We went to the Westin hotel on Sunday and enjoyed the jacuzzi and pool. Yesterday we went to the mall and today we went to the Marriott to swim and relax. We are also going to move to the Marriott on Friday. We will enjoy their amenities for sure, although we will miss the very lovely people here at La Casa Grande. We are blessed and more relaxed than we have been since we started this whole prcoess. :)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
We had a fun day in Antigua yesterday. It is a 500 plus year old city about 45 minutes from Guatemala City where we are staying. The architecture is incredible and original, no restoration has been done. We visited a jade museum, historical buildings, outdoor botanical park/garden and a Catholic church where we prayed and offered thanks for our many blessings. Domi was an angel in the car, but was up until 10 p.m. burning off his energy for the day. We may go to Escuintla next week where Domi was born. They have a private beacjh there and it is supposed to be warm, so I think he will love the water. I think it would be wonderful for him to see pictures of his hometown and even the hospital where he was born.
We are so blessed and loving every minute of getting to know our child, he is a patient and loving teacher for us as we are first time parents. More updates to come. We did hear from the lab on Friday afternoon and they may release the 2nd DNA results to the US Embassy on Monday, so if that happens we may get our Visa appointment next week and be home by November 7. Please pray this all comes together for us as we are very anxious to get home!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who has posted a message, we appreciate the support! Also, if I missed you on the photo distribution, please post your e-mail address and I will copy you.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The lab has the DNA sample! We are so pleased. I also e-mailed the US Embassy in Guatemala to let them know that we are in the country and would like the earliest available appointment once they have the results. Please pray this happens next week so we can be home by November 7.
I think we are going to sight see a little bit, maybe go to Antigua on Friday. Domi is legally our son and I have his passport (super handsome photo, his hair was longer but has since been cut). I can´t wait to take Halloween photos too, I am using a disposable camera because I couldn´t get the battery and charger repaired or replaced here. :( I am working on it - be patient and I´ll post photos when I can.
P.S. Domi cries when Dan walks away - I am jealous...
Monday, October 27, 2008
We took him to get his required exit medical exam today and he was so well behaved, I was amazed! I was also SHOCKED that he sat in our driver´s car seat, I don´t think he has ever been in a car seat in his life but he loved it and was so calm. He was pretty funny when we took his Visa photos today, he was kind ofwhiny until the camera was on him then he snapped into Mr. Congeniality and gave a good grin. ;)
He refused dinner but drank a ton of whole milk and really warmed up tonight during playtime. Dan and I were both shocked at how mobile, strong and smart he is. He can walk up stairs alone with one foot on each step, he can throw and kick a soccer ball, he can place colored rings on a stand in order (biggest to smallest) and he has all his toys figured out already. He also talks a lot, we aren´t sure what he is saying but he knows what he wants and points until we get it right. :) We were surprised to hear he goes to sleep whenever he wants and was up until midnight last night playing at his foster family´s house! He is already asleep now, he may be up in the night to party...
The charger on our video camera appears to be broken so we will get a new battery or I guess buy a new camera - we simply CANNOT miss these photo opps!
P.S. The 2nd DNA sample is still NOT at the lab, but should be there tomorrow. We are tracking via Fed Ex.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We heard from our agency that Dominic was taken in for the 2nd DNA test on Wednesday. Of course we are skeptical because we have been led to believe this happened before when it didn't. I want to hear from the lab that they have the sample before I believe it! If we don't hear from them by Tuesday then we are taking Domi in ourselves and proceeding with Operation Bring Our Cherub Home (OBOCH). ;)
My darling parents are at our house watching the pooches. Our battery was dead on our video camera so I wasn't able to take their picture in their Halloween costumes. I will do that FOR SURE when we get back and have Domi in his costume too. We brought his with us along with special Halloween pajamas, so we will have great pics even though we will miss trick-or-treating this year.
I have so many emotions and feelings inside me right now... anxiety, fear, joy, relief, curiosity and amazement at the last 2 1/2 years that we have spent working on both the China and Guatemala adoptions. Sometimes I wonder if May 2006 was the last time I felt untainted if not mildly naive certainty and optimism that these adoptions would go as smooth as butta (butter with a Bostonian accent). I am just scarred now and definitely not as trusting as I used to be. All of the intense pain we have been through (hardest experience of my LIFE 10 times over!) has taken a toll.
However, I am a stronger person now than I have ever been. I have more clarity about what I want my life to look like, and most importantly, I know I will never take one moment of Motherhood for granted. It is the dream, the prize, the experience I have yearned for and it starts full-time tomorrow. I am ready, I am ready, I am READY! :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Dan and I are going to sit down this weekend and discuss heading down to Guatemala anyway to see if we can move things along by being there. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. My faith in God is the only thing that is carrying me through these challenging times. As Dan always says, "We're going to get him, just be patient".
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I am a little disappointed, BUT my goodness, we are so CLOSE that NOTHING can bring me down from the cloud I am on walking on!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
She gave us great suggestions to address their jumping, occasional marking, and reinforcing Katie's house training. I am so relieved because I want us all to be one happy family and I am hopeful Domi will learn to love our Chi-chis as much as we do!
Friday, August 29, 2008
There is no good explanation for why this is happening, we are certainly not the only family in this position and indeed are further along than many others. Once we have that birth certificate, I am contemplating going to Guatemala to travel with our agency coordinator to complete Domi's second DNA test and final paperwork. It really should be just a few more weeks after receiving the BC that we are able to bring him home. We miss him so!
Holiday after holiday has passed with the prayer he would be here... Christmas 2007, his first birthday March 2008, Fourth of July 2008... now we are praying he is home by Halloween. Please keep our prayer with yours.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I miss my cherub - we have been waiting 8 weeks for his birth certificate. I have a feeling we will get it this week! I want him home at least a month before Halloween so we can take advantage of all the great seasonal stuff we need to do... apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, Halloween parties, trick or treating as often and as many places as possible, and of course many, many photo ops in Halloween costumes (I am thinking he may need 2 costumes!).
Fall is my very favorite time of year. I like crock pot cooking and hope Domi like my homemade chili. It will be beautiful in Arizona in the fall, we'll have so much fun!
I am ready, Dan is ready, the pooches are not so ready... we are working with them but they are so cute when they're naughty. I know, I know, we have made them little self-entitled monsters so how will our children be raised? SPOILED!!!! So what???? :) I want my baby home!!!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Finally, here a few nursery pictures... more to follow later in the week. My Mom made the bedspread hanging on the crib, seat cushion cover for the yellow chair and the pillows - so special! :) Enjoy!