Thursday, September 27, 2007

Waste not, want not

Before I ever met Lydia, before I even saw her picture, I shopped for her just like any mom in waiting does. It's trickier when you're adopting internationally, though, because you have no idea how old your child will be and recently with China adoption - you have no idea what the season will be when you'll be meeting your child. So, I had visions of MY daughter being quite petite in winter, and I bought heavy duty winter wear. You know, the cute snowsuit kind of thing that is oh so practical and necessary in central Arkansas?
Lydia just turned a year old in September, she's on target for her age in height, and she's unlikely to need any of those outfits that would keep an Eskimo warm. I decided to send them to China with a mom who is adopting a child from Lydia's orphanage. My head said it was a good decision. My heart said, "Oh! But she would have been sooooo cute in them!" While it's still warm here, my head told my heart, "Just put them on her and take a picture!" So, I did. I knew she'd be cute!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Happy Birthdays Week

We celebrated Lydia's birthday last Saturday with friends and family and CAKE! Then we celebrated again on Wednesday when the folks with whom Gene works gave her a combination shower/welcome to America/birthday party! I was overwhelmed by their generosity. My husband is one lucky guy to work for such an awesome company and with such wonderful people.

Last night we went out to eat because a)our downstairs air conditioner's fan unit went out and b)Gene has a birthday today! We were so lucky because there is a guy there on Thursdays who plays keyboard and sings. Lydia was convinced we'd arrived in heaven: food AND music!!! You've gotta love the big cheesy smile this earned. It was almost hard to feed her with her wiggling, bouncing and swaying to the music. I doubt that gentleman has ever had a more enthusiastic or appreciative audience. As we were walking to the van, Gene was singing (to the tune of I like to eat, eat, eat apples & bananas), "I like to eat, eat, eat Casa Mexicana."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A hat?

We weren't having the best hair day, but I couldn't convince Lydia that a hat was an acceptable means of dealing with a bad hair day.

At the gate

This morning Lydia and I spent some time on opposite sides of the gate. We played peek a boo, I took pictures, and we goofed off. The time is coming when I'll have to spend more time away from her, and I want her to be ready.

We've got the Beat

Lydia loves music more than just about any child I've ever met. She likes to clap, wiggle, and bounce while listening or bob her head up and down to the beat. Sometimes, she'll even get her whole car seat to rocking (just a little - it's secure and was installed by a car seat specialist). You might wonder what sort of music she likes. Just about anything, but she's quite fond of Head, Shoulder, Knees & Toes, Yankee Doodle, the GoGos, and 80's music is about her favorite. Of course, the first song I sang to her was the Arkansas Fight Song. I sometimes sing it slowly and softly to help her go to sleep. It's important to start teaching your child early...

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Sunday plus pictures from Saturday

Today Lydia went to the church nursery for the first time. She seemed content when we left and did ok for a while. A diaper change became necessary, and it seems Lydia doesn't want just any woman to change her diaper - it's mom or no one! She did, however, love meeting Shannon, our new (male) associate pastor. You can bet I sprinted over to the nursery to see how things were going and was relieved to see her playing happily with Shannon.

Yesterday, Lydia was so tired that she fell asleep eating in her highchair. It was actually pretty funny to watch. One moment she was eating as fast as I could feed her and the next she sort of clamped her eyes shut and was down for the count.Of course there is a picture!

One of our dogs, Mojo, is desperate to become Lydia's friend. He's been very patient and very good in his attempts. One evening she was sitting on the floor looking in another direction so her sat down next to her. I'm sorry to say that what ensued could have been on Funniest Home Videos, but it was sad for both Mojo and Lydia. He'll win her over, though. He's a very sweet and persistent dog.

MORE PICTURES (our trip to the county fair):

Saturday, September 8, 2007

To Do List

It's funny that even with "all this time off" I still can't seem to get everything done. Poor Gene had a stomach bug this morning and didn't get to do his "To Do List" for the day, either. Luckily, I may be able to check off several of the items on his list for him next week. Here are a few things I really need to do in no particular order:
1. Print pictures.
2. Give away the gifts from China so I can see the dining room table and the entire living room floor.
3. Finish the curtains for Lydia's room.
4. Clean up the computer/sewing room once the curtains are done - It's quite scary in here.
5. Teach Lydia about an "inside" voice so we can eat in relative peace.
6. Arrange for child care for when I have to go back to work (really finalize the plans I have already).
7. Make plans for Lydia's first birthday party. Heaven help me this one alone could generate several more To Do Lists!
8. Have professional pictures taken
9. Get my hair cut
10. Start exercising again

There's more, and I know I'll think of several the moment my head hits the pillow and still more as I am on the brink of sleeping.

Two things Gene did get checked off of his list: Make scrambled eggs for Lydia's breakfast and take her to the county fair. I'll post pictures later!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

One month anniversary

It's hard to believe Lydia has been with us for a whole month. How her life (and ours, too) has changed! Be sure to check out the previous 3 posts for updates and pictures if you haven't been here in the last few days.

I saw my first home health patient since returning home. She just got out of the hospital, and I didn't want to turn her over to anyone else (even though Katie is a fantastic PT and the other PTs are, too). Gene asked if I remembered how to do "PT". Yes, it's like being a mom: it comes back to you.

Please be praying for one of my co-workers from my full time job, Shiquita. She had a stroke, and I am hoping for a full recovery. Shiquita has 2 little boys who need their mother, and she's a lovely person.

Ok, back to Lydia: she's crawling like a pro, her hair is really growing, she's so smart and even funnier, and I love to taking her places and doing new things with her. It's 13 days to her birthday! I must plan a party for the little empress. She will not tolerate anything in her hair or on her head - which is a shame since I bought so many cute hats for her. People are just going to have to recognize her royalty without the tiara to clue them in. It's a good thing I never earned one, though, because I'm afraid I'd still be wearing it. TTFN!

More pictures (I hope)

On our way to the first game of the season - a minor miracle considering I was up until 4am with food poisoning.
Hey, the boat is pretty fun!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Meeting Grandma

Laughing as mom blows bubbles
Wearing a bow exactly long enough to take a picture. She forgot about it for a second while Dad distracted her.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Dial up, better than???

A poke in the eye with a sharp stick? Nothing? Maybe a little better. I keep TRYING to add pictures of Lydia with no results.
On a more positive note, we are doing great. Lydia rides in a car seat like she's done it all her life and doesn't mind a bit! She's been to her first Razorback game (we won!), and none of that phased her. In fact, she's pretty excited about all the music and clapping.
*We've been to the lake. While it wasn't Lydia's favorite thing at first, it was A-OK after Drew was waving at her while kneeboarding. She laughed so hard while watching him!
*We've been to Mom's work, Dad's work, and Drew's work.
*We went to the airport to say goodbye to Carol as she returned to Brazil.
*Lydia's received THREE packages through the mail. One was even delivered while we were outside blowing bubbles.
Lydia is so willing to try new things and eat new foods (the food may be what won her over ;o) She loves her Dad & Drew. She's not too sure about all the new women she meets, but she seems to like all the fellas.
I promise to add pictures as soon as I can figure out how to make it work. I may have to take Drew's laptop to Hastings for the wireless internet, but I will find a way to add pictures. Really.