Monday, September 29, 2008

Breaking a bad habit

It's tough to break out of a non-blogging habit. Once you get behind, you feel worse and worse about trying to catch up.

I'm discarding my guilt and moving on.

There are dozens of items and issues I've come across in the past months that I would have loved to blog about. Let's see if I can do this in bullet form:

--T is growing...fast. He's also running...fast. He's picking up the language and how mimicking us, but still using some of his hand signs.

--T is a great eater...still eating most everything we give him.

--He sleeps through the night, but might be transitioning to being a one-nap-a-day boy.

--He's cute.

--We get a few of the awkward questions all adoptive families get, ("How much did he cost?" "He's gonna be smart!") but being prepared for them helps a lot.

--T doesn't seem interested in blankets, despite the change of season. We're dressing him warmly for bed as a result. Since he lives in Wisconsin, I'm certain he will learn to love his sheets.

--Given a room full of toys and books, his choice will be to play with the electrical outlet, but I suspect that's normal for children his age.

--The TV remains off...and I think we're all enjoying it. Have so little time in my day now, I'm not sure how I ever had time for TV before (although, I'll have to make some now that the Brewers are in the playoffs). Some people think what we're doing is strange.

--Politics in Thailand appear much more stable again. Great news for waiting families. Enjoy your trip, and know that we're wishing we were in Thailand too!

--I love being a parent. I could go on and on, but this leads me to my next point...

--Most of the time I think of myself as a parent...and only occasionally do remember that I'm an adoptive parent. I don't want to forget that I'm an adoptive parent, but I also don't want that to become the focus of our lives. It's a balance all adoptive families have to strike.

We're happy to hear from our readers. Don't be shy...just because we aren't blogging a lot doesn't mean we can't or won't answer. We know there are a lot of waiting families out there and we're happy to help in any way we can.

-Kyle

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thai Fest 2008

Woo Hoo for Thai Fest!!

The weather was dicey in the beginning, but the rain stopped, the food was delicious, the dancers were talented, and the friends were fabulous! Nanna, Autie M and Uncle Ewan came out, too, and enjoyed feeding T his lunch. (Or wait - maybe that's me that enjoyed the little break from attempting to feed a squirming critter pad thai on my lap...)

T's favorite thing about the event was the naga (snake) sculpture in the garden.

We enjoyed catching up with our Thai-adoption friends, and meeting great new ones, too.

-Robin

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Guest Blogger: T shows off his new toy

Mom and Dad are too tired to blog tonight - I've been up since 4:30 this morning with no decent nap to speak of. (I just decided, why sleep?)

I can't really type well, so I just want to share a few photos from a discovery I made yesterday.
Hey look at this thing! Did you know it was here?

If only mom would dress me in pants that fit. It's hard to push this thing around while I'm tripping on my clothes.

Whew. Got it moving. You wanted me to move it, right?

What's it do, anyway?
-T

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

BKK protests

If you haven't heard, things aren't going so well in Bangkok. Protests over the prime minister have led to a state of emergency and workers are threatening to shut down public services (like electricity and air service) until the prime minister steps down.

Needless to say, this could have an affect on adoptions. Our thoughts are with families who are there or traveling soon and the children waiting for them. We hope for a speedy and complete resolution.

If you want more details, you can always read more at the Bangkok Post.

-Kyle

Monday, September 1, 2008

Water baby

T loves Lake Michigan. He was initially unhappy about the coldness of the water, and the waves made him uneasy. But by the end of the morning, he didn't notice his diaper was full of sand, and he was trying to dunk his face in the breaking waves. He even let Daddy bury half of his body in sand. He did NOT love the kayak, however. Not even while sitting in Mommy's lap. We'll try that again another day.