Friday, February 19, 2010

Dadadada

Hadrian has been saying "Dadadadada" for a few days now. Its pretty cute...even though he doesn't really know whoooooo dadadada is....Hadrian also will not "perform" when he sees the camera. He has done that since pretty much day one. He becomes more interested in the camera in his face.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Its about time

We found out from our lawyer last week that we finally have a court date! I am soooo excited. I haven't started counting down just yet...but our court date is May 3, 2010 at 3pm. They said they like to get it as close to 6 months post placement as possible...I had no idea that it would be almost exactly 6 month. It is 180 days and one hour from our previous court date! Whoa! How awesome.

I'm also very excited because even though we were planning on celebrating Mother's Day whether we had gone to court or not...we will *legally* be Hadrian's parents. So I will legally be allowed to celebrate the holiday :) I'm pretty stoked about that.

We are currently trying to figure out exactly how to celebrate this amazing milestone. Not sure if a quiet family gathering or a huge celebratory bash (which, of course probably wouldn't be that huge...) would be more fitting...Just weighing our options at this point...But I'm thinking inviting people out to eat. That way the cost would be minimal for us...and no planning (except maybe calling ahead for a reservation) needed...But I just don't know...

About a week and a half ago...I met Hadrian's birthmom. She is so cute. She was quiet, of course and I was on break at work plus I wasn't expecting to meet her at that moment. It was kind of awkward, I'm not gonna lie...but it was still pretty cool. I asked Lizzy the next day if she said anything about me. Lizzy said "she didn't say anything to me...but mom told me that she said you seem great and she is glad that you are raising her son" I froze momentarily. I think my heart stopped. I was hoping for a "yeah she didn't think you were a total loser"...but I got so much more.

It is a trend with our adoption. We are continuously blessed. Over. and. Over. It never ends. And I am still caught off guard. It still catches me. It still makes my heart skip a beat. I know the Lord answers prayers...and I've always known it...but now I know know it.

This past weekend Alex wanted to wear Hadrian in the mei tai. I of course want to promote brotherly bonding in any way I can...plus it is super cute to see men/boys baby wearing. Justin helped me tie it on him, which was harder than I expected...I can throw the baby on my back by myself (thanks to loooooots of practice) but getting him tied onto a little body was tough. Alex probably only wore him for 10 minutes...but it was enough to snap a bunch of pictures. I absolutely love to spread the babywearing love...and I hope that Alex will maybe someday use this for his own kiddos.

Ahh, my boys are amazing. I am thankful for all three of them.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

5 months...

So Justin was in a car accident tonight. Thankfully everyone is ok. He did not have Hadrian in the car with him. He rear-ended a guy so he was cited...Justin convinced the guy to take a ride in the ambulance because he had been out of it when Justin went up to his car. It was really scary to get that call from him...I'm so thankful that he is ok. I don't know what I would have done otherwise. He said his back is starting to to hurt so I think I'm gonna take tomorrow off so he can rest and I'll take care of the baby. Onward to happier things...

Hadrian is 5 months old and 1 day today. I can't believe he has been home for 3 months now. It really does not feel like 3 months. He is growing basically in front of our eyes. Some days I really miss little squishy newborn Hadrian...and at the same time I marvel at all the things he has learned and I'm excited to see what he will do next.

Hadrian had his doctor appointment last Thursday. We've decided to delay some of his vaccines so he isn't getting bombarded with all of them at one time. He seems to handle them very well. He of course cries at first but soon calms down. We watch for a fever or any symptoms of side effects and so far so good. Last week we even went out to eat with Justin's grandparents after his appointment. So he is weighing 16lbs right on the nose and he is 27"!!! He just seems so long. Some of his 3-6month pants still don't fit around the waist...but nothing else is long enough on his legs. Oh well...It is just amazing all the changes we have seen in him. He is really thriving on breast milk and I feel so extremely blessed to be able to give him this. We have been blessed with 6 different milk mamas. We appreciate each and every one of them no matter the size of the donation. We know it takes hard work and lots of dedication to breast feed your own child but to think enough of my child to pump a little extra to donate...well...that is mind blowing to us. Yikees...major tangent there...

Hadrian is officially a roller. He always seems so impressed with himself when he does it. It is so cute. He is nearing the end of being able to use his bouncer seat. It almost goes parallel with the floor when we put him in it. And yesterday on his 5 month birthday...we gave him cereal. It was quite the experience...


I think he ended up wearing more of the cereal than he ate...but that is okay with me. I'm in no hurry.

So I'm really excited about something at walmart.com . I live nearly 8 hours away from my grandma and some extended family. They do not have cell phones. They do not have the internet. (I have no idea how they survive...) Anyway, maybe everyone already knows about this service, but I just found out about it. Basically you upload photos to your walmart photo account. You then *send* it to any store in the US....I sent 40 pictures to my grandma's local walmart and she can pick them up at her convenience!! This is great because I don't have to worry about printing extras or mailing them and having them get all bent up. Nope...they are printed right there in her store. Maybe I'm easily impressed...but we printed our Christmas cards from walmart.com (to our store for same day pick up, I might add) and we were so impressed by their quality. Unfortunately I didn't get them all addressed and never did send them to anyone. You'll just have to take my word for how cute they were...haha.



Monday, February 1, 2010

Hadrian in Pictures

We didn't post any pictures of Hadrian through out the two months that we waited to bring him home so I thought that instead of only posting pictures of him now...I would do like a little timeline....from the beginning to now. In theory it sounds good so....we'll see....
This is the very first picture of Hadrian we saw. I won't forget where we were or what we were doing. I was driving Justin to GFS, we were on RT 30 when I got the text. How stinking beautiful is the only thing I could think.


This is the second picture...


This is from the first night when we met Hadrian...


This is from when my baby brother first held Hadrian. I think Hadrian looks like Kenton....


Hadrian's aunt Lizzy was really great about sending us pictures of him when we weren't able to visit for a few days. She sent us this one...


sweet sleeping boy...


One of all of us...beginning of October....



Brotherly love...


This is from when we randomly ran into Julie and her sisters and Hadrian at Wendy's. I think I was 20 minutes late for work that day...totally worth it...


First day home...Justin is watching a car show *rolls eyes*


The cat checking out Hadrian


I'm pretty sure he's gonna love taco bell too...


Silly expressions...


Putting the Christmas tree up...well watching us do it...


Hanging out with Mama


Christmas Cutie...


Hadrian looooves to sing...I think he is singing here...


Such big beautiful eyes...


So tired...



Justin wearing Hadrian in the mei tai



He is so cute even when he cries...what kind of mama lets the babe cry while she grabs the camera?


And this is Hadrian about 3 days ago...


He is such a big boy! He barely fits in his bouncy seat these days. We feel so blessed that we get to be the parents of this sweet little man. My heart sings when I see him.

On Saturday I went to a baby shower and one of the girls that I kind of know, but not really, was oohing and ahhing over him and then she said "Well, he looks just exactly like you". I was kind of caught off guard...because apparently she didn't know that we adopted him...I didn't want to embarrass her so I graciously said "thank you". I'm not gonna lie, it made me feel good. I know that I'm Hadrian's mama...but I must really look like it to strangers. If that even makes sense....

Well....here's to becoming a regular blogger....