Thursday, February 28, 2008

Juno on NewsHour

Robin and I finally got out to see Juno recently. We've been intrigued by the level of discussion about this movie in the adoption community.

Overall, we liked it. The casting was great.

One of the things that bugged us about it was the happy ending. After Juno gives birth, the adoptive mother takes custody, there's a bit of crying, but then everything is perfect and there's a happy little ending.

It's a movie, so happy endings are to be expected. But we're keenly aware that this is not how life typically proceeds for birth mothers.

I was watching NewsHour tonight, and was pleased to hear a segment about the movie that validated our concerns. You can listen for yourself.

Robin says there's also more about Juno in Adoptive Families this month. I'll get to reading that soon!

-Kyle

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Meeting adoptive families

Robin and I were in Illinois today for a birthday party hosted by Hannah and Sam for their son Jesse. He's turning 2 and they also celebrated the finalization of his adoption.

Hannah was handing out these pins, which Robin wore proudly. (Thanks!)

It was wonderful to see their family again. They're doing very well.

We also got to meet a number of other adoptive families. There is a wealth of experience and stories out there, and we're hungry to take in as much of it as we can.

For those who were there (since I know many of you will read this), thanks for your hospitality and support.

Happy Birthday Jesse!

-Kyle

Getting our bearings

I could spend hours playing around on Google Earth. I didn't know what a map geek I was until I found this fun little program.

Naturally, I've spent a lot of time exploring Thailand from space. The images of Bangkok are high resolution, so I can get a pretty good sense for where everything is. I've already marked the locations where we plan on going...and can even see which sky trains will get us there.

I've visited many cities in the US and Europe, and there is always a "getting acquainted" period that lasts between a few hours and a few days. But with this tool, I feel like I'm already somewhat acquainted with Bangkok. It will be interesting to see if I'm right.

-Kyle

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Arrg! Car seat advice wanted!

I spent too much time reading about car seats this week. I'm sure anyone who has purchased one recently has navigated this craziness. Yes, all pass US safety tests. But they are obviously not all the same, and US safety tests are at relatively low speeds. I want a convertible seat (can be used rear-facing, then front facing as he grows) since he'll already be a year old when he comes home. Ideally, I want one with good side impact protection and that's comfy to sleep in, since the grandparents are all at least 90 minutes away. How the heck do you chose? Does anyone use a seat they recommend?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Guest Blogger: Punkin answers your questions

Robin: Gemma asked a question about how we will introduce T and our cocker spaniel, Punkin. I've asked Punkin to address that very good question.

Punkin: Hello everyone, I'm happy to be here. For the last year or so, Kyle and Robin have been telling me that I'm going to be a big sister. I'm pretty excited about that. I'm so looking forward to having a little brother to give me attention that I even don't mind the mild abuse I'm starting to notice.

Robin has started pulling on my ears, poking me in the face, and being rougher with me in general. She even takes my food away while I'm eating. I don't really understand why, but she said something about getting me used to T not respecting my personal space. She should know by now that I'm a total pushover and won't react to this nonsense, but she persists.

That I can handle. What I really hate is when Kyle takes a stuffed animal and starts giving it all of his attention. I don't get it. He'll carry it around, petting it and talking to it, and completely ignore me. This makes me very sad, and I always try to stick my nose or paw in between the stuffed animal and Kyle. "Pay attention to me!" I say in dog language. He doesn't seem to understand, because he continues to ignore me. I'm so jealous! I guess I'm going to have to learn to be second fiddle for awhile. Boy, I can't wait for T to be old enough to give me lots of scratches!

As for preparing T to meet me, I don't think Robin or Kyle have any plans for that. They doubt his foster family has pets, but don't know for sure. I overheard Robin saying something about me getting extended vacation at her parents' house if our initial meeting doesn't go very well. I don't think they have anything to worry about. T and I will be fast friends, and I'm more than willing to share all my new toys with him. (How did they think I was going to use a shape sorter, anyway? I don't even have thumbs!)