Friday, October 31, 2008
Here's some Sedona cuteness. She's such a good girl.
I am dressing up for Halloween ALL DAY at work today. Any guesses as to what I'll be? Hint: I need some adoption luck. I'll try to post a photo later tonight.
A few of you guessed it. I was a ladybug! I need some ladybug luck! At work today we had Morticia Adams, a Hawaiian goddess, Pari$ Hilton (she left her little dog at home but she did have flashing lights on her heels), and... a woman in a robe with cold cream on her face, hair in a wrap... and a cigarette in her mouth. It was hillarious!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I've waited a long time to do this. Just pulling the tags off the items was a leap of faith. Actually putting them in the washer is SO exciting. I know, I know. Many of you are just rolling your eyes at me, thinking of all of the puke, spit up, and poo you've put in the laundry before and it's no big deal. This is a big deal. This makes it all feel so real... doing my daughter's laundry. Oh wow. It's like... really happening!
It's the time of the month for updates. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night checking e-mail... as good news seems to come our way at 3am. Come home soon, baby girl.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mmmm. These are so cute!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Today marks five months since we received the Halleujah!!!! e-mail that contained the referral of this sweet girl to our family. Still no news on court. I'm assuming we've been in court two and a half months now, so that's about the average amount of time from log in to first decree.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Below are photos of our other child safety projects from this weekend. Our home is now equipped with outlet covers, magnet activated baby locks under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, corner bumpers on the tables in the living room, and door locks making Daddy's computer room and the laundry room heading out into the garage inaccessible. I figure that it's a good idea to live like this for a little while before Hannah comes home so we can get used to it.
I'd appreciate if you could comment about the fireplace safety situation. ESPECIALLY those of you with little ones like this determined little Willa. It amazes me that some babies are so determined to get into things! Thanks.
And the baby safety internet shopping award goes to Andrea for her link to Baby Safety Foam. I think we've got solution here, folks. It's not cheap, but not hugely expensive. Thanks, Andrea! I just knew that someone else could find a link to a good solution. I was thinking of trying to cut angles in the straight foam, but wasn't really happy about it, as the corners would be the most important part for cushioning... and I didn't want the padding to be lax there.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Jackie, thanks for the suggestion about finding a stroller called "travel dates." I'll fire up the Google search engine looking for that one. (joke)
We started the babyproofing around the house last night. Oh wait... Kevin says that we can't use the word babyproofing. We're making some areas of the house "child resistant." I'll let you know how that goes when we're done. Heehee.
Monday, October 13, 2008
After dinner we went to Babies R Us and hemmed and hawed at car seats. We decided to go ahead and get some more of our essential items so we knew that we could leave quickly for Taiwan if the call came. I've had my sights set on a Britax Marathon for some time, but Kevin has his eyes on another model (edit by Kevin: Britax Boulevard CS). We couldn't agree, so we decided to wait it out a little bit.
Our next stop was at the NEW Target. Oh boy, oh boy. We adventured in the baby section for awhile and picked out some essentials. When we rounded the corner into the car seat isle... it's like the clouds parted, rays of sunshine beamed down, the symphony started playing... all for this one car seat. (Drum roll please...)
Presenting... a pink and brown Britax Marathon... and the fabric is called "Hannah." Yes, I'm serious! It's really called Hannah. No discussion. Little blossoms and polka dots too. Kevin lifted the big box into the cart. It was meant to be.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
We had a great time at the Columbus Ethnic Expo today. I can't believe we can have such nice weather in October! It was in the 80s and with beautiful blue skies with not a cloud in sight. Seems like most of the draw to the ethnic expo was for the food. There were tents set up with food from around the world (French Canadian, Vietnam, East Indies, Afro American, Mexico, Germany, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Japan, Hawaii, and on and on). Unfortunately, we didn't arrive hungry enough... so we only ate at Vietnam and Taiwan. We had fried bananas and a coconut soft drink at Vietnam. Their fare at Taiwan was the same as at the China tent, and wasn't too wild. We chose a combo plate of General Tso's Chicken, Fried Noodles, and an egg roll. Alas, the elusive stinky tofu was not on the menu. No Taiwanese Beef and Noodles either. Maybe Hoosiers aren't ready for stinky tofu... or perhaps the smell of stinky tofu would scare away the crowd? There was a little cultural shopping, but I wasn't too impressed. I'd rather be at that outlet mall we passed along the way in the Carter's outlet store!!! We enjoyed tapping our feet along with a Celtic Rock band called Mother Grove that we enjoyed at an Irish Festival in Indianapolis a couple of summers ago. By clicking on their link you can listen to several tracks of their music. I play a little Irish penny whistle, and these musicians amaze me. We then headed down to the City Hall where the Peking Acrobats would be performing. We set up our chairs early so we could get pretty good seats. The show was amazing, and I would have paid good money to see them. We have all kinds of video and photos, but I'll leave you with a nice photo that Kevin took of me today. G'night. I'm all cultured out and it's time for bed.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Did I mention how much I love this little girl? She's stinkin' cute in black and white, too!
My friend KB learned today that their adoption case has their final ruling, and they'll be traveling to Taiwan in 5 weeks. I'm so thrilled for them! It's a little bittersweet, as we both really hoped we'd continue to get good news at the same time. Can't help but boohoo a little... but chin up, Sarah. There's always tomorrow. Or the next day....
Tonight I'm making a list of all the things I want to get done before we travel. I want to get busy, checking things off... and hopefully we'll be surprised with some good news as well.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Words can't express how pleased I am to get this update, especially when I thought we'd been skipped, and that we wouldn't get anything until the end of October. I'm a little worried. At 8 months old, 5 months adjusted, I calculate that Ching-Ling is 3rd percentile for weight. The nannies note they are feeding her a little baby food now because she is so tiny. First time mama here is worried about her baby being so little.
P.S. In the middle of the night I messed up Ching-Ling's height and posted that she's 10 inches shorter than she is. (blush blush) Thanks to Julie for catching that. ACK! Graphic is updated with correct height now. Waiting for this girl is doing something funny to my mama brain today.
P.S. If anyone was thinking about buying Hannah Claire clothing... this girl's all set from 6 months to 24 months. While waiting, I've done plenty of retail therapy to last us a long long time. So much that I'm too embarrassed to post a photo of her closet! I've gotten some nice e-mails asking where we've registered. We're registered at Babies R Us and Target. Thank you.
P.S. Another family graciously shared their update photos with me as Ching-Ling is in the background! Every photo is a treasured gift. Thank you so much.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Sorry, no baby news. I wish we had some, too.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Had to share this, as it might be one of my funniest blog comments ever. This comment is from Rebecca after reading about Kevin and I using baby signs wtih each other at Barnes & Noble: I was laughing picturing you & Kev signing to each other in Barnes & Noble. :) I wonder if any babies saw you and went, "HEY, those peeps know my language!!! They have COOKIES?? And HOW DO THEY KNOW I need a diaper change!!!"
Baby Mum-Mum rice crackers have been spotted at the local Wal-Mart. Sweet!