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.