Everyone has been asking for pictures, so here they are. However, let me add that it is VERY difficult to get a good picture of a baby who cries every time I set him down. He is beginning to do better though. Enjoy!!
My wonderful neighbor brought us over some stuffed pasta shells, and he LOVED them!
We are trying to decide if he is part Italian or part Mexican, because he equally loves Mexican food.
First "official" haircut
What you did not see, is that I had to take about 100 pictures, just to get a few good ones, and Paige is running around behind me acting crazy to get him to smile.
Everyday we drop sister off at school and then head home for a nap, but we never make it all the way home before falling asleep.
Last night, when I was giving Mason his bottle before bed, he let me hold it for him for the first time. I know it seems like such a small thing, but to me it meant so much more. To me, it meant that he was letting go of a little of his independence and relying on me a little more. That is exactly what I want. I want him to put his little guard down and allow me to take care of him 100%. I think we are getting there, one step at a time.
On another note, Monday night he pulled himself up to a standing position by himself. Again, this seems like such a small step, but we were so excited for him. His little muscles are so weak, but are getting stronger everyday. Robbie and I make him work so hard, and it wears him out. He gets frustrated sometimes, but we can see how strong he is becoming. We are very proud of him and the progress he is making. We know there are going to be many more exciting "firsts" to come, and we are looking forward to each and every one of them.
We have been home for a week, and I am just now getting a chance to blog. It has been nonstop around here, and I think it will probably be that way for awhile. I think in all of the adoption paperwork and travel plans, I forgot to plan to bring home a baby, because I forgot how much time and energy they require!
Things are going very good now, but we definitely had it rough last week. Paige and I both got the stomach bug on the flight from Dubai to New York. She recovered quickly and was feeling fine by the time we made it to New York, but I was very sick all the way to San Antonio. I have never been so happy to see my house and my bed. On Sunday, Paige came down with double pink eye, and we both had horrible coughs the entire week. I think the coughs were from all of the pollution in Ethiopia. Mason has a double ear infection and his TB skin test had a reaction. We had to have a chest xray done, but it came back negative. Thank God!! The reaction was probably because he was exposed to it somewhere along the way.
Mason is doing wonderful. He is sleeping about 12-13 hours a night and eating like a champ. He has attached beautifully to me, which is exactly what we prayed for. The only negative is that he wants to be held by me all of the time. Unfortunately, I cannot do that , so there is a lot of crying right now. I think it is just going to take some time for him to learn to trust that I am not going anywhere. I have to remind myself that he has lost so many people in his little life, that he is probably terrified of losing again. It is so tragic.
It is truly amazing watching him change everyday. The first three days we had him, he did not smile one time. He was a very sad little baby. Slowly, he began smiling at me and Paige, and now he is beginning to smile at strangers. He also did not move much the first week, but now he is beginning to crawl on his elbows and knees, and gaining strength in his legs. The doctor in San Antonio thinks he is between 12-14 months old, but we are taking him to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, to their International Adoption Clinic, in two weeks. We should learn a lot more about his age, developmental level, and health at that point.
We could not have asked for a more precious little boy, and are blessed to have him in our lives. We can only hope that we are making him as happy as he is making us .
I will try to blog more about our trip. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime!!
We are the King Family; Robbie, Amanda & Paige, from San Antonio, Texas. Robbie and I are high school sweethearts and have been married eight years. As you can see by the photos, we have a beautiful five year old daughter, named Paige.
May 2009 - Decided to adopt
May 22, 2009 - Applied to International Adoption Net (IAN)
May 24, 2009 - Began homestudy
May 28, 2009 - Mailed formal application to IAN
June 2, 2009 - Received packet from IAN
June 14, 2009 - Homestudy visit July 28, 2009 - Received notarized homestudy report July 28, 2009 - Mailed I-600a August 10, 2009 - Received fingerprint appointment August 19, 2009 - Fingerprint appointment August 19, 2009 - Documents state certified August 19, 2009 - Dossier sent to IAN August 20, 2009 - #5 on waiting list August 21, 2009 - #4 on waiting list August 25, 2009 - #3 on waiting list August 26, 2009 - #2 on waiting list September 18, 2009 - Dossier sent to Washington D.C. September 19, 2009 - 1 month waiting September 22, 2009 - Received our I-171H October 5, 2009 -Received our referral October 9, 2009 - Officially accepted referral November 10, 2009 - Received court date - December 9
December 9, 2009 -Court date rescheduled to December 10
December 10, 2009 - Passed Court!!!
January 21, 2010 - Left for Ethiopia
January 25, 2010 - Gotcha day
January 27, 2010 - Embassy date
January 30, 2010 - Home