Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Pics of Domi!

More shots of Domi - we went to a friend's party to celebrate their referral for a baby girl from China (Michele G. took these great shots!). Also, a shot of Domi on his 1st carousel ride. ENJOY!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Time is Flying! We are Having FUN!

We are just really enjoying our new life with Dominic. Don't get me wrong, it can be exhausting, confusing and frustrating at times, but it is so much fun and so gratifying. He is just a remarkable little child with a big heart and easy smile.

We had a BIG week this week. On Sunday we went to a local park called McCormick-Stillman park that has tons of play and picnic areas, a carousel and train ride. Our friends the Renners invited us and they brought their 4 year old daughter who was adopted from China. The weather was awesome and Domi loved the carousel, so we rode two times! :)

On Monday the pediatric dentist gave us some disappointing news. Domi has cavities on his top 4 front teeth on both sides of each tooth. One tooth even has potential nerve damage! Aye-yi-yi! When he approaches 2 (in March) we will do another x-ray and schedule time for him to get crowns. I didn't even know what crowns were when the dentist described them, I have been blessed with very healthy teeth (grew up in AZ where they put fluoride in the drinking water). Anyway, they will file down his teeth and put on plastic crowns that will fall out with the baby teeth they are attached to. I asked the dentist since he will have to be have anesthesia if she would work with our pediatrician in case we decide to get him circumcised to have both procedures done at the same time. She agreed to help us, we aer waiting to hear from our pediatrician. In the scheme of things, I won't fret over his teeth, we are blessed with an otherwise very healthy baby. He also had to give blood this week (performing titers to check on immunization levels) and he didn't even cry. He is brave and strong.

We also tried a Gymboree music class which he LOVED, so we signed him up for a weekly class. He will also try the Gymboree gym class and may be in that one too if he likes it. I don't want to over schedule him, he already has swimming every Friday, but I do want him to be exposed to many things and interact with his peers.

On Tuesday we met a bunch of our friends from Families with Children from China (FCC) at the Phoenix Zoo for Zoo Lights. The zoo does an amazing job with light displays and Domi loved it. The zoo also had a carousel ride so of course we went on that too! We bought this photo but our scanner is down, so this will have to do for now.

On Wednesday we met the same group of friends at a local mall for play time, lunch and yet another carousel ride! It was a very fun outing.
Thursday was a special Thanksgiving with family. My sister hosted and asked if I would like to lead the prayer, so I decided on the fly to quote one of my favorite songs, of course I was sobbing because I am SO BLESSED to have Domi home for the holidays.

"I believe in the sun, even when it isn't shining.
I believe in love, even when there's no one there.
I believe that nothing is impossible.
I believe that nothing is impossible, and that all things
are possible through God".

Friday was Domi's second swimming lesson and both Dan and I got in with him this time. He cried at first but eventually relaxed and did a little back floating. He also went under water many times, and by then end of class was getting rings from under water. He makes me so proud! :)

Today we ran errands and Dan took him to the local park. We are tuckered out, but tomorrow starts a new week and we will be right at it again! :) My life is so sweet and I am so fortunate for my many blessings.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere..."

That's Domi singing about his new life in the USA. We have hit the ground running and have taken him everywhere, including:
  • 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)
  • Target
  • Little Gym trial class
  • Aqua Safe Swim School (he starts lessons on Friday)
  • Local park (daily)
  • Pediatrician
  • 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

WE ARE HOME!!!

Domi was an ANGEL on the flights. We used miles to get there but because we had to change the return we had to buy our return seats and opted for 1st class. It was a good choice as we had more room and the stewards/stewardesses were so helpful. From Guatemala to DFW Domi ate, had a poo diaper (NOT FUN TO CHANGE ON A PLANE!!!) and then slept over 2 hours! We spent a long time at immigration and had little time to catch our connecting flight to Phoenix. We grabbed sandwiches at Subway and Domi ate, drank, played with stickers (thank you Jenni T. for the tip!) and flirted with the steward and stewardess. After we landed in Phoenix a lady in 1st class said to me "your son is so well behaved". I was so thrilled to hear "your son" and of course praise for him! :)

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

Special Day

Today is Dan´s birthday and a day we will never forget. Today our visa was approved to bring Dominic home. We are feeling so many diffferent things... exhaustion, relief, joy, curiosity and immense gratitude.

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

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, Children of All Ages...

No, the circus isn´t in town but we are and we´re heading to the Embassy on Monday morning! WE ARE COMING HOME NEXT THURSDAY WITH OUR CHERUB!!! There are no words to describe our joy and relief. We are so grateful to God for His generous care and many blessing for us, especially our friends and families. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE!!! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Update and More Adventures

The DNA results are at the US Embassy in Guatemala right now! HOORAY!!! We should get notice of our appointment tomorrow or Thursday, although the actual appointment probably won´t be until next Monday. Oh well, what´s another few days when we are so near the end?

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

Domi Stories...

We are having a ball and Dominic seems completely relaxed and comfortable with us now. He has SO MUCH ENERGY, it is a bit shocking at times. He is also a little dare devil, he likes to JUMP from the bottom step to the floor (gives Mommy a heart attack every time), he uses the suitcase full of his toys as a surf board of sorts, he throws just about any toy he can hold, he runs VERY fast through the hotel hallways that are cement/tile floors, he climbs in and out of his stroller and almost has the safety seat belt figured out (yikes!). He is an excellent eater and likes cantelope, pineapple, grapes, mango, watermelon, broccoli, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, potatoes, chicken, cheese, ham, eggs, beans and LOVES milk. He also likes birds a lot, outdoor water fountains and he likes dogs (I am THANKFUL for that as he has 3 little ones waiting for him at home).

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.