Thursday, July 31, 2008
Busy Guy is Mr. Independent! He gets dressed by himself every day...most of the time the shirt is on the right way...but don't try to help him change it if it's on backwards!!!
We went to my cousin's wedding last weekend. The 3 big boys stayed with Grandma Sue and hubby and I had a little "date" with the babies. It was so fun. Papa danced with his sweet girl.
Mama and her "Sister Girl" (her nickname).
The cutest feet and shoes in the world...have I said how much fun it is to have a girl?
Our favorite pose.
Baby George is getting nice and round.
Tuba on his birthday enjoying the indoor fire and candles.
Snuggle time with the brothers.
Baby time on Mama's bed.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
12 years ago today we became first time parents! It was the beginning of the best part of our lives. Tuba's birthday is today. We are celebrating with a fire...of course...if it's still raining tonight then we'll put on the air conditioning and have a fire in the fireplace:) On the menu is hot dogs, chips, watermelon, beans, bread, and cupcakes...and smores too! Happy Birthday Tuba!
PS...how about that hair-do (don't) I have goin' on?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
What a ham! I can't imagine where he gets this from??? Who says biology has anything to do with it. I'm a true believer that nurture wins out over nurture vs. nature! This child is his father through and through!
Friday, July 25, 2008
First meeting at Layla House.
First bath back at the Hilton.
So sweet...boy has she grown!
Our family in front of Trinity Church. My cousin Miranda (she works in Sudan and met my family in Addis for the trip) , Grandma Barb, Grandpa Jim, Lydia and Cam, and Grandma Sue.
So many of the photos of the trip mirror the ones I took 2 years ago with Busy Guy. I will post later the photos of both babies having their first blessing by a priest at Trinity Church.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I have the opposite of post-partum depression. I am deliriously happy all day long. I love to hold and cuddle my babies (all 5 of them). We have been singing songs and laughing at all the funny things the babies do. The boys of course love it when one of the babies poops really loud or yawns so big you can see down their throats.....boys...what can you say? I have so much to be thankful for. Thank you Lord for my many, many blessing that You have heaped upon my head.
I'm so thankful....
My diabetes is gone....yahoo...I'm eating fruit like crazy...and cereal for breakfast...yummy!
I'm healing up well and have so much energy.
I have the world's best husband...seriously I do!
I have two new healthy babies...and they are beautiful.
Our church family has been bringing us meals each day. What a huge blessing. We have been eating so well. The food is all delicious and appreciated so much. I think we would be sinking without it...or at least just eating pizza and cereal all day long.
My hubby doesn't go back to work until the 30th of this month.
Lydia is a great sleeper. She gets up once a night, drinks her milk, and goes back to sleep. Right now hubby gets up with her...which is so nice.
Baby George is such an easy baby. He eats, sleeps, poops, and starts it over again.
I'm having so much fun dressing a girl!
The big boys all adore the babies and love having Papa home. It's such a special time. I wish it could go on forever:)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Glory to God! Baby Boy born Thursday July 10th at 3:45 pm. He weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. He is so beautiful and sweet and adored by all his brothers and big sister too as well as hubby and I. He is eating well...actually doing marathon nursing sessions and sleeping good too. We are BUSY but enjoying our family. Hopefully pics will be coming tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
From my stepmom:
We spent yesterday with Lydia. In the morning Cam and Sue went to a couple of places so we stayed with her and she slept most of it. She is so incredibly beautiful, we cannot stop looking at her.
We spent most of the afternoon with Cam and baby in the lobby area of the Hilton. Lydia sang and giggled and squealed to her heart's content. She is really getting strong. She was standing on my lap yesterday and I had my arms in a circle around her. She was hanging on to my forearms and pulling herself to a standing position! I'm afraid you have an early walker on your hands. She is so bright and does so many advanced things. When I think about Troy's sister's little boy who was born in the beginning of December, she is way ahead of him. She transfers items from one hand to the other and has incredible hand eye coordination. She has been a big hit with all of the Hilton staff and many visitors. They all say the same thing-she is so beautiful!
I have taken some great photos of her with your dad. He nuzzles her neck and she giggles and giggles. She has a husky sounding voice. She looks so much better than she did the first couple of days.
We are very anxious to get home. We were ready to leave on Wednesday! The Atlas has been good to stay at even though it doesn't have the conveniences of the Hilton but is very clean, new and nice to stay at and the staff is wonderful. I would recommend it highly to any future travelers who cannot afford the Hilton. We just paid $4599 birr for 6 nights and the birr is 9.6 to a dollar. I told them they need mattress pads under the sheets and facecloths. They actually wrote it down.
We have less than 12 hours to flight time. We are going to the Hilton and have a good lunch then to the airport 3 hours early because Emirates told Cam we needed to yesterday. Lydia slept well last night according to Sue when I spoke to her this morning so hopefully she will do well on the way home. I can't wait for you to see her! We love you and miss you very much.
From my MIL:
We are bringing you home a healthy, happy baby. Thanks to your suggestion about the NURSIE AD - As Cam put it, "that stuff is a miracle worker." She is sleeping now and we have late check-out with the shuttle coming at 4:00 PM to take us to the airport. Jim and Barb will be coming here after their checkout and we'll all have a huge and late lunch. Anyway, the soccer tournament is going on and we got to see some of the Layla House play at both their "home court" and at the Kidane. What I love is that the soccer teams are co-ed and the girls are as scrappy as the boys. Some great footwork on all sides, I must tell you. I am sorry that I missed some more of the "tourism" aspects..I would like to have seen the stone church and a couple other things but I figure I can do more next time. Now that I've had this wonderful experience I can truly imagine coming again. We are ALL anxious to come home, to see you and hold the boys and prepare for baby boy's arrival.
On the homefront...the boys and I had a wonderful time for the 4th. We ate yummy food and enjoyed the company of dear friends. We came home exhausted and plopped into bed. Today we will finish up some projects (okay, I'll finish them up) like painting some trim. I've got laundry to do and I'd like to mop the kitchen. We'll see how much I get done. Tomorrow we will go to church and then come home and anxiously wait until it's time to go to the airport! That will be the slowest hours of my life! I'll be posting photos after we are home and settled on Mon. Keep my family in your prayers while they travel home.
Doing sparklers...in the daylight because little boys were asking every two minutes..."how much longer until it's dark out?".
Friday, July 4, 2008
Talked to hubby on the phone this morning. He is getting really anxious to come home. 24 more hours until his plane departs Addis. He is going to just hang around the hotel until it's time to go to the airport. I could hear Lydia in the background cooing and squealing. She had her bottle in her mouth and was trying to get her toes and hands in too. Hubby says she is spoiled already. If she's not being held then she will fuss. She wants to be held while sleeping and then hubby silently slides her off and into her bed. I wouldn't expect anything less from one of our babies!
Today we are going to our friend's house and to a parade with them. It will be nice to get out of the house and visit with friends. I'm getting a little lonely for adult company. I have apple pie in the oven cooking and it smells to yummy...so 4th of July!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I got the following email from my MIL this morning. I talked to hubby on the phone. He is tired and ready to come home. Lydia is feeling much better. Thanks be to God.
What a blessed child. She is able to transfer objects from one hand to the other and also babbles, stands and bounces and rolls from front to back and from back to front. Took her to the Layla House doctor today and her ears, lungs and temperature are fine. She is thriving and the stomach stuff seems to be lessening. She is also very much the happy baby. Love you lots,Gramma Sue
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Becky, your baby girl is a so beautiful and has such a wonderful temperament. She has beautiful hands and feet. She has great dimples when she smiles and does lots of cooing and singing to herself. She never showed any discomfort and looks like she is bonded with Cam well. She smiles at him a lot and when he feeds her she studies his face like she is memorizing it. She grips her little hands tightly on to you when you hold her and loves to jump up and down standing in your lap and rocks herself when she sits on laps. Even though she was sick today she was very calm. Cam said she is feeling much better tonight. She looks awesome in pink. Her hair is very soft and curly but not much of of it yet. She was by far the most beautiful baby at the orphanage. She loves to grab your dad's white beard in her chubby little hands and hang on to it. She smiled almost immediately at me and she laughed the first day for me too. I think it was the dark hair. She is a jewel just like Busy Guy. After being here a couple of days now I think it is the Ethiopian temperament. No one seems to be angry even if the traffic is bad and when they ask you not to take a picture at a museum it is all done in a soft voice.
We are going to go to breakfast at the Hilton with Cam (we hope) in the morning before his embassy appointment. We saw the woodcutters project today and Mt Entoto. We arrived at the church near a rock carved church from 1300 AD just as they began the chanting marking the 15 day fast. It was so incredible. We loved it!
We love you and miss you. Kiss the boys for us and we'll see you soon.
The next email is from Cam and then one from his Mom.
We got our visa with no issues. God is great! Her birthday is Dec 28th, so that's cool. She was quite ill yesterday, but I got the Italian version of Pedialyte and some antipyretics, so she is feeling much better. No vomiting today. Mom and I have been up since 2:30 this AM. Not sure why. Also, Gail said that we do not have to confirm our flight for Emirates, but being paranoid, I am going to go on Friday anyway. Also, I talked with Gail about that little boy at KM and she told me that he has been moved to Layla today and is hopeful for him. I will pick up Lydia's visa tomorrow and take pictures of Darwit while I am there. I am looking forward to your call tonight and I can't wait for you to see her. I have been dressing her in nothing but pink. All my love to you and the boys.
I took photos of Lydia and Cam. He chose such a cute outfit (and backup outfit) for her to wear at the Embassy. He picked out the white jumper with pink frills on the bottom and backside. He has been very careful about dressing her perfectly before she goes out. It is sweet to watch him 1) select the prettiest outfit and 2) struggle to get the thing on her with all the snaps in the right place. :) we both woke up last night at 2:30 and gave up the idea of sleeping by 3:30. Lydia slept for 5.5 hours! Cam and I weren't so lucky. Anyway, I think he's decided to go back to the orphanage and take photos and Keith and I are going to donate $200 American to the nuns there. Cam will probably talk to you tonight about that. He has broken down a couple times crying because "it was just so horrible" but now has a plan of action. Now about Lydia (we are trying hard to call her Lydia while we're here) she has had a lot of vomiting and diarrhea but hasn't lost any weight...still has nice rolls of chubbiness everywhere and mostly that's due to the pedialite and also the medicine plus the fact that we've been diligent about keeping her hydrated. She doesn't look or smell dehydrated and is not only plump as a partridge but smells wonderful. Oh, I did clip her fingernails as she was doing me major harm but I leave her toenails to you. Anyway, as for your daughter, she is thriving and I wish you could see how she grabs both of her feet and tries to suck her toes while trying to drink of her bottle! Also, trying to make mouth noises and burble at the same time. What a girl! While I think of it, Cam bought your mom a wonderful icon this morning. I'm sure she will like it. Also, while I think of it, Barb has said to me (and others) over and over wheat a wonderful Mother you are. What a wonderful set of parents you and Cam are. And how lucky your children are. I thought you'd like to know that. I hope you are doing okay. I know it must be hard for the boys to hear their Papa on the phone and then hang up. It is very, very hard for him, too. I know he will want to tell you all about his days, and plans, but believe me when I say, all he wants to do is go home. If there is anything I am dreading it's the Looooong plane ride home. But you and your mother managed that so I guess Cam and three grandparents can make it work. I love you lots.
So great to have all this news. It's great to finally know Lydia's birthday. We knew she came into care on Jan. 5th and was determined to be two weeks old. When her case was being prepared for court we were asked if we had a preference for her birthdate. We wrestled with choosing a date because her paperwork said she came to Layla on Jan. 5th and was two weeks old...that would make her birthdate Dec. 22nd. But, her medical exam was done on Jan. 8th and also said she was two weeks old....this would make her birthdate Christmas. We chose Dec. 22nd as our preferred date. Now, we know Dec. 28th will be her birthday. I don't know why that date was chosen. The court assigns it in Addis. If there is no additional paperwork detailing the reason for her chosen birthdate I will know it's God's will. I'm thrilled to have a Dec. baby since I am too. Plus, we have so many summer b-days. The girls are Dec. and the boys are Mar., June, July, July, and Aug.!
My MIL's comment about cutting Lydia's nails cracks me up. My hubby who does everything I do in taking care of our kids has NEVER cut any of his kid's fingernails. I just commented yesterday to my mom that I sent nail clippers with him but that he would probably have his mom do it for him. Oh, well...he does change lots of poopy diapers;)
Just got off the phone with hubby. Lydia is feeling much better. Still has the diarrhea but the fever and vomiting is better. He's hoping to get back over to KM and take some pictures of the kids tomorrow. Also, going to confirm his return flight and do a little sight seeing.
More good news. Hubby checked his work email and there were two positions open on dayshift. He has been waiting for something to open up. So....Yahoooo! He applied and hopefully will be moving to days when he returns to work. He will have off another couple of weeks after he gets home. Luckily he saved up enough vacation/sick leave to have all this time off. I will certainly need his help! The boys will fill every minute of his time off...they are already planning what they will be doing with Papa when he gets home. Playing Legos, video games, wrestling, riding bikes and having bonfires are at the top of the list.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I am missing you and our children very much. Lydia is beautiful beyond words. You were right, this is a trip of a lifetime. There are many good and wonderful things here, the coffee, the beautiful people, the sense of community and hospitality are amazing. I am very happy to have come. Lydia has a fever with vomiting and the squirts. I made a quick trip to KM and then to a pharmacy to pick up more wipes and the Italian version of Pedialyte, along with a hard core antipyretic (motrin on steroids:). I had my heart broken today at KM. The children were so happy to get their letters from the families back in the states. I especially sought out Aleme and told her through an interpreter that her family loves her very much and that they ARE coming for her soon. Afterwards an 11 year old boy came to me and begged (through the interpreter) that I find him a family. I promised him I would. His name is Dawit and the nuns say that he is very sweet and quite clever. I sobbed like a girl in the car on the way back to the Hilton. I will never be the same again after seeing the crippled and blind and poor begging. We will adopt again. I love you all with all my heart and I cannot wait to come home.
God bless you, forever yours, Cam
It was wonderful to talk to him on the phone. Poor baby girl is really sick. She stayed at the hotel with Grandma while he went to KM. I could hear her sleeping on his chest and she sounds sick. Keep her in your prayers. I can't wait for them to be on their way home.